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Animal Viewing Dogsledding
Dec 17, 2018
Jul 30, 2019
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About Program

If you are interested in a gap-year placement with us, that is a long commitment from both sides, so we both have to be sure that it will be a good fit. You will need to be someone who will be confident both in project managing activities and in tight timelines. Hopefully, you will also have some specific skills that you can contribute to the group, and you will likely become more involved in the computing and behind-the-scenes tasks than those who are here for shorter periods.

You will definitely learn more business-related skills than you might initially imagine. For instance, about lean pathways, 80:20 business practices, marketing, sales and all of the background aspects of running a business that you might be surprised to also apply to a husky farm in the Arctic. You will, of course, still spend the majority of your time - particularly the first 6+ months of your time - working with the dogs and taking part in safari products during the safari season.

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Working as a Dog Handler

Coming here is the best thing I ever did (so far). It made me smile every single day, despite the hard work and long days. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you love dogs and working hard, this place might be perfect for you. Expect long days, windy/wet and cold weather, a soar back, and mood swings. To be honest, I loved the long dark days, the hard-physical work, the dogs and also the team effort. Even though you don’t get enough sleep, the dogs will give you so much energy and feeding underneath the stars with the northern lights high up in the sky is something that makes you shiver every single time. This place is really good at seeing people's potential and using everyone’s strengths. In the beginning, you are expected to do the basic jobs and built up your knowledge, but the longer you stay the more responsibilities you get and I found this place getting even more and more fun towards the end. I loved a lot of things about this place but dogsledding and dog handling were my favourites. Working in a team can be a challenge for some persons to; everyone is different and comes here with their own skills, but it’s really interesting to learn new things from everyone. There is definitely not a stereotype Hetta Huskies guide, you all have two things in common: you love to work your ass off and you love the dogs (otherwise you won’t last long). If you are not scared of challenges and are open to learning new skills with a positive mindset, you should spent some months here. And if you fall in love with this place like I did, you might even want to come back 😊

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay long enough so you take the time to learn all the dog names. It isn't a place for a short stay as it takes a bit of time to understand the work, the dogs and the farm.
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