The standard agreement for the programme states that you are expected to work up to 35 hours per week, and that you are entitled to have one and a half days off weekly. Usually, the Working Guest works six to seven hours five days a week. Depending on the season and the kind of work, the host may ask you to work a few hours more one day and have more time off later. At some places the working hours may be divided, so that you will work some hours in the morning and some in the afternoon.
Please remember that you are supposed to be a family member. This means that not everything you do – like clearing off the table or doing the dishes after dinner – is considered work, but rather just a part of being a family member. Flexibility and understanding is of course essential.
Pocket money for working guests not requiring a visa is minimum 1200 NOK per week. Pocket money for working guests requiring a visa is minimum 1000 NOK per week, and the host is obliged to cover the cost of the return ticket.
All Working Guests are obliged to pay taxes. The tax rate will depend on how much you earn and the duration of your stay in Norway. It will normally be between 15-20 %. Please note that the value of free board and lodging will be added to your income before taxation.
As a working guest you will get free board and accommodation. Working guests in agriculture live like a member of the family, and you will most likely have your own bedroom in the main building. However, in some cases you may be asked to share a bedroom with another Working Guest of your own gender, or a separate lodging alone or with several other workers. A host may invite up to three Working Guests at the same time, but most of them only have one or two. As a working guest in tourism you will sometimes live together with the family you work for, but most likely you will be given a separate lodging alone or with several others who also work there. Usually you will be having meals with the employers and/or with the other workers. If you must buy your own food, you will be given more money to cover associated expenses.