Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

  • Participants should be between 18 and 30 years old.
  • People with a good knowledge of English.
  • People from a country where Atlantis has a partner organization. Please see list of partners.

Do I need an agricultural background or experience?

No, you do not have to have agricultural experience, but it is an advantage. You need to be able to communicate well in English. Motivation, flexibility and initiative are important qualities.

How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee will vary depending on which partner organization you apply through, and how long you wish to stay for. Please contact the partner organization in your country for more information.

How will I live?

You’ll live with a local family, have your meals with them and help out on their farm or tourism place.

What are the work conditions like?

  • You work maximum 35 hours per week.
  • You’ll have 1,5 days off per week, continuously.
  • EU citizen: you’ll receive 1100 NOK per week in pocket money as well as free board and lodging.
  • Citizen from outside EU: you’ll receive 900 NOK per week in pocket money as well as free board and lodging + ensured return ticket back home by the host.

What is the placement procedure?

When we receive your application, we will start the process of trying to find a placement for you. Your application form and references are forwarded to host families which we believe are suitable to your qualifications and wishes. Based on your application, the family themselves decide if they are going to invite you as a Working Guest. Most families prefer to give you a call before they decide to invite you.

When a host family invites you, we will immediately send you their invitation, along with information about the family, their farm and the tasks you will get. If needed, you will also get detailed instructions on how to apply for a work permit. Furthermore, you will receive written information about Norway, our country and customs.

At this moment it will be your responsibility to establish contact with the host family, to agree upon details and get to know each other before your departure. Because citizens of EU/EEA-countries do not need a work permit to work in Norway, we can place you on relatively short notice, and we keep trying to place you right up to your last arrival date.

Are there specific start dates?

No, there are not. You can start all year round. Exact arrival dates should be agreed with the host.

When should I apply?

Atlantis accepts applicants and places participants all year round. Since EEA/EU-citizens do not need a work permit to work in Norway, there is no definite deadline for how late you can apply. However, the earlier you apply, the greater the chances of us finding a placement for you, and the greater the chances that the placement will suit your wishes!

What kind of placements does Atlantis offer?

We offer placements in agriculture and tourism. The agricultural placements are often on farms with animals such as cows, goats, pigs, horses or farms with vegetable and fruit production. We have a few forestry placements, but often in combination with other production. Some crops production.

The tourism placements are family run hostels, and you will usually be asked to take part in many different parts of the daily tasks.

Some placements are combined farms and tourism placements.

Can two friends travel together?

It is possible to apply to be placed together, and we’ll do our best to find a placement where they will accept both of you. We can not guarantee this, and therefore we strongly encourage you to be flexible in this matter,

Do I need a visa?

Depending on which country you are from:

EU/EEA countries:

Participants from EU countries do not need to apply for a visa if they stay less than 3 months. If they stay longer they must apply for an EEA permit after arrival.

Non EU-members:

All participants must sign their invitations and send them to the Norwegian embassy/consulate, together with the application for work permit (issued by the embassy/consulate) as quickly as possible. See more at www.udi.no.

When is the best time of the year to travel?

This depends on what kind of things you like to do. Norway has four seasons.

  • Spring: March, April, May
  • Summer: June, July, August
  • Autumn: September, October, November
  • Winter: December, January and February

During the autumn and winter months Norway can be quite cold and dark, whereas the summer season is extraordinarily light. The lambing and calving season starts around April, and the harvesting season is at the end of the summer.

Can I get in touch with other working guests?

– Yes, you can. By contacting Atlantis you’ll receive a list of other working guests who are in Norway the same time as you. Atlantis also organizes get togethers for au pairs and working guests in Oslo a few times a year.

Please see our Facebook page.

What kind of support am I given while in Norway?

You can contact Atlantis at any time with anything that is difficult. Atlantis has an emergency number that is open 24 hours if you need that through your stay. You’ll get a list of other working guests on request and will be invited to our get togethers.

What if problems arise?

To solve a problem, whether it is personal or arises from a conflict with someone, it is important that you discuss it with your hosts. Lack of communication often creates problems. It is important to be open about what you think and how you feel.

If you do not manage to solve the problem with your host family directly, we want you to contact Atlantis. Although we have limited possibilities of solving individual problems, which may often come from just a ”personality clash”, we do our best to help out. We can help you to clear up misunderstandings, set up an agreement, find compromises and an acceptable solution. To be able to help you, we need to be informed of what your problem is. Moving to a new host family may be a solution in some cases. This will only be possible if we have got a suitable place available.

A Working Guest may interrupt his/her stay, if the host family breaks the written agreement or shows very little ability to integrate the guest in their family life. The host family may ask the Working Guest to leave their farm and return home if he/she proves to have very little ability to adjust to their way of life, shows a severe lack of responsibility towards the tasks on the farm, if he/she commits a criminal act or has given incorrect information about him/herself in the application process. They may also break the contract in cases like severe illness, sudden unemployment etc.

If you have not been in Norway before, you should be aware that it is a special country, long, narrow and sparsely populated. Most of the farms are situated on the countryside far away from a town. The public transportation is often very limited and it can be long way to the nearest shop, bank or pub etc.

It is important that you have thought about how to handle problems and home-sickness before you apply. If difficulties should arise you will be stronger, and see that problems can even become a challenge. In case problems become so extensive that either you or the host family are not able to cope with it and a brake-up becomes inevitable, both parties are entitled to seven days of notice. Shorter notice is only acceptable in very serious situations. Any break-up is to be discussed with Atlantis on beforehand.

Will I get some language training?

Atlantis organizes Norwegian courses in Oslo. Please contact us for further information.

Who will cover my travel expenses?

You must pay your own travel costs both ways to the host family’s place. We advice you to contact a travel agency, and ask them about the cheapest fare. It is usually cheaper to buy a return ticket than two one way tickets. Remember to bring money with you in order to cover at least the first week’s expenses, and be aware that Norway could be an expensive country for many foreigners.

Where can I find more information about Norway?

Lonely Planet has a guide to Norway.

You can also read about Norway on:

  • Visit Norway: tourist information (many languages).
  • Norge.no: home page to public sector in Norway (Norwegian/English).
  • Nsb: the Norwegian Railway (Norwegian/English).
  • Gulesider: Yellow pages (available in English), where you may do map searches in order to find the location of cities, tourist attractions etc.
  • Hanen: information about rural tourism and Norwegian food.