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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Norway

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Norway



Grassroots Volunteering in Norway

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Atlantis Youth Exchange

Atlantis organises cultural exchange programs in Norway for young foreigners who would like to work as working guests in agriculture or tourism. Typical jobs on the working guest programme include fruit picking, milking cows, housekeeping and waiting tables. When considered as volunteering the Working Guest programme is a cheap way to live in Norway but at 35 hours per week these are essentially full time roles.

Atlantis also offer agricultural traineeships for university level agricultural/horticultural students and au pair jobs. All programmes are based on the idea of working for free accommodation, board and pocket money and must be applied for through partner organisations in your home country.

Where: Various locations.
Accommodation & Costs: Fees vary per programme. For example, eight weeks for UK applicants applying via Twin to the Working Guest programme would cost £650 but includes food, accommodation and around £110 pocket money per week.

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Volunteering in Fjord, Norway

Both individuals and small groups are invited to stay in Flørli, a roadless hamlet on the shores of the Lysefjord, for a short stint of work that can include maintenance of school buildings or helping in a hostel. In return volunteers, who should be over 20 years of age, are welcome to food and accommodation.

Where: Flørli.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers have to pay their travel expenses to Flørli. Accommodation is provided.

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Hostelling International, Norway

The gist of this six to 12 week programme is volunteers enhance the hostel vibes to connect guests with each other by helping with the social interaction in the hostels in which they are staying. Volunteers must be at least 20 years of age.

Where: Seven hostels in the south western part of Norway take part in this programme but all volunteers begin and end with Bergen Hostel Montana.
Accommodation & Costs: You will be volunteering with a hostel network. Of course there's accommodation. Volunteers cook provided food in the common kitchen and are also reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred when performing activities or tasks as part of the programme.

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Fogdegården Borten

Run by a single mother, workers and volunteers have for the past ten years helped around this medium sized farm. You live and stay as part of her family, in exchange for working seven hours per day five days per week, with two days off. Many volunteers see this as a chance to learn Norwegian and you need to be interested in working with one or more of the main activities on the farm, including tending animals, lambing, growing vegetables, building restoration and maintenance, running machinery, clearing trees from pastures, fencing, and gardening. Other tasks include cleaning, household work, development and public relations, helping out with horseback riding for children or training ponies. In the winter the work is mainly caring for all the animals, clearing snow, and keeping the house warm.

Where: Near Trondheim.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers live as part of the family.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Norway

If puppy socialising is your thing - and for what fool wouldn't it be? - then MAD Husky Tours, whose kennels are based in the UNESCO town of Røros, could welcome your helping hands. Volunteers also do other dog care tasks, such as walking, feeding and cleaning, plus yard and maintenance work. Experience with tools, woodwork and animals would be an advantage. It's a given that you should love dogs and working outdoors. Free accommodation is provided for working two hours a day. Work longer and food and dog sledding is offered too.


Help Exchange Networks in Norway

Workaway -
HelpX -


More Volunteering in Norway Resources

Find a Job in Oslo - An Easy Expat page with a few useful suggestions for volunteering in the city.


Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Norway

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

World’s Coolest Internship: Husky Dog Handler - Frankie reports on working with dogs in Norway's north.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

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