Norrängens Alpacka - Bed & Breakfast
Close contact with alpacas in a beautiful part of Sweden. Baby pacas, too! Help me make our B&B be the best in Sweden. Learn about hospitality at it's best.
Hello Potential Wwoofers !
My name is Paul and it was my dream to change my lifestyle from being an office worker to becoming an alpaca farmer.... here we are 14 years later with 100 alpacas, each individually cherishes with names and unique personalities, plus an assortment of other animals all needing our love :) I have three children: Liam (21), Dylan (9) and Oscar (6), and our 100-acre farm is home to approx.100 alpacas, plus llamas, peacocks, hens, mini pigs, a cat named Sexy, and our farm dog Malta.
This year we are expecting 20 'cria' (baby alpacas) and each one will need our help so they can thrive! We need to ensure they get colostrum (filled with antibodies and vital for good health) – have they fed from their mums within the first 24hrs? Are they then drinking enough milk from their mums every day? Are they gaining weight?
The well-being of my animals is the most important thing on the farm. Do they have good food and enough water, and the best possible natural environment? Do they have shade when required and some sand to roll in? I'm fortunate to own and rent a reasonable amount of land so the alpacas have plenty of their own space. They can choose if they want interact with us and our guests, or just relax in one of the fields or wander round in the forests. They do enjoy the pellets we feed them and look so cute when they run, jump and canter in their groups, eager for the daily feed :)
Running the farm is wonderful but takes a lot of work… and then we found wwoofing! We've had hundreds of volunteers visiting over the years but the best and the most caring individuals all came via this platform. People really felt they could contribute and help me and my little family :) No day is the same here on the farm! Volunteers should be able to take the initiative and work independently when needed, as well as work cooperatively with others. During the months of June – September, on weekends and during holidays, our adjoining Bed & Breakfast can very busy and any help is greatly appreciated.
I'll give you as much knowledge as I can about working with the animals especially the wonderful alpacas, farming and more. We have many locals and volunteers from all around the world, so there is plenty of opportunity to chat and expand your understanding of other cultures. Did you know there are no wild alpacas in the world? Alpacas are a domesticated camelid species with origins in South America. Interestingly, my alpacas mostly have Australian bloodlines.
We have a separate space for volunteers to sleep in, each equipped with a bed, couch, desk and kitchen. In case of multiple volunteers, you may be housed in one of the other rooms inside the farm house. There is always somewhere on the farm to be by yourself if you need it. :) You can even take Malta, the farm dog, for a walk in the forest.
We have a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, sauna and grill cabin. There's a beautiful large lake at the end of the road and we have boats and Canadian canoes you can borrow. We are open to the public if pre-booked via our homepage. The beautiful nearby forest is great for peaceful walks or jogs. With a variety of shops and restaurants, the town of Sala is just 10km away – renowned for its historic silver mine. There is a nearby lake with a boat and canoes to borrow and a floating sauna. Stockholm can be reached in just one hour by train for 10-15 euros. We can drive you to and from the Sala train station upon arrival, etc.
We look for volunteers all year round. All volunteers must be in good health both physically and emotionally, and comfortable around other people, children and animals. It’s important we all have a “let’s do this” attitude. Self-initiative is greatly appreciated – so is positivity!
I'm very much looking forward to welcoming you to my farm and family life!
Paul, family, pacas and other animals x