Workaway: travel with free accommodation and food by volunteering

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Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit with Workaway. Put your existing skills to good use, or try something new you‘d never normally get to do and pick up new skills along the way. There is an ever growing list of thousands of active hosts in over 170 countries offering all kinds of places to stay.

Workawayers typically are interested in cultural exchange and learning and will help out for a few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation, with visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months.

Check in this post the 10 most important things you need to know for the application process!

1. Workaway Website

2. Country

You can choose a host in one of the 170 countries in which Workaway now operates (the list is growing every day).

3. Organization

Workaway.info is a site set up to promote fair cultural exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or organizations who are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.Currently has over 31,697 active hosts from 170 countries!

4. Types of hosts

Hosts are typically small business or families looking for help:

  • Family
  • Individual
  • Community
  • NGO
  • House sitting
  • Business
  • School
  • Farm
  • Hostel
  • Boat
  • Sustainable project
  • Animal welfare

5. Type of Work

You can choose a project according to your existing skills that could be:

  • Gardening
  • Babysitting / child care
  • Building
  • Babysitting / child care
  • Elderly Care
  • Cooking / shopping
  • General Maintenance
  • Farming
  • Help with Eco project
  • Help in the house
  • Animal care
  • Helping with Tourists
  • Charity work
  • Language practice
  • Art project
  • Other
  • Help with Computers / internet
  • Teaching

6. Duration

You can agree with your host the amount of time that you’ll be staying. Usually it varies from 1 week to 3 months, but I’ve heard of volunteers staying for more time. Also, if you like your host and want to stay more time your can propose to extend your visit.

7. Compensation

You’ll work more or less 5 hours a day for 5 days (free weekend) in exchange of accommodation and food.

8. Eligibility

You must be 18 years old to register for a profile. The minimum age for volunteering in most countries is 18. Minors accompanied with their parents are also accepted on some family projects. There is no maximum age. In fact many hosts prefer more experienced workawayers who have specific skills.

9. Application steps

It's very easy to participate, just follow these steps:

  1. Check the website:in Workaway website you'll find the host database.
  2. Search for a host in the database:in the Host List Page you'll find the the search engine to find the hosts. You can do a standard search by Continent, Country, City and an specific keyword or phrase. Also, you can make a more refined search with the host rating, type of host, availability of the host, and type of help wanted.
  3. If you find a project that you like register to Workaway:you’ll only be able to send messages to the hosts once you’ve registered. The cost is $32 USD for a single person and $42 USD as a couple and you can pay with "PayPal" or "Credit Card". When you sign up you can contact the hosts for one year.
  4. Contact the host:once you have registered in Workaway you can send a message to the host and agree when will you arrive, how much time are you going to stay and in which activities will you be working. Keep in mind that you should see the percentage rate of response of the host because some hosts don’t reply to the messages so it’s better you contact many in case some don’t respond.

10. Deadline

Application open all over the year.

Good luck!

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