Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you want to travel and get off the beaten track and are willing to spend a few hours helping your host in exchange for room and board, you might want to explore the world with Workaway!

Amava Take:  Workaway is a cultural exchange for travelers — you offer a few hours of volunteering each day in exchange for food and housing. Whatever your age, you can be a Workaway participant. In fact, your years of experience could be an asset as you use your skills to assist hosts throughout the world. It’s possible to travel with your spouse or partner and many hosts also welcome families. Every Workaway experience is unique. Generally you will be expected to volunteer around 5 hours per day. Situations vary depending on the skills you can offer and the requirements of each host. Workaway has hosts in the US, as well as throughout the world, so you can see new places or go back to a favorite spot. Wherever you go, you’ll live like a local.  And you won’t break the bank paying for hotels!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People who are adventurous and are willing to volunteer about 5 hours per day helping a host in a local community in exchange for room and board.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Find a Workaway position that aligns with your interests and skills and come prepared to work and meet friendly locals. Check out the Workaway Blog for stories of participants.

What’s a typical day like?

Since there are positions all over the world in different countries, there isn’t really a “typical” day. Check out Workaway’s Host List for current opportunities. Some hosts ask for 5 hours per day of help while others ask for only 2-3 hours. Also, some hosts are looking for people with specific skills, such as painting or landscaping, while others welcome people without specific skills. Even if you aren’t able to do physical work, there are options for you. For example, some hosts want to learn a new language or need help taking care of children.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Meeting amazing people you would never have met otherwise and experiencing how they live their lives.

What are the hard parts of traveling with Workaway?

You need to be flexible and willing to adapt if unforeseen issues arise with your stay.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about traveling with Workaday?

Communicate as much as you can with your host before you arrive so you both know each other’s expectations.

Special Requirements: There aren’t generally any special requirements to sign up as either a host or a volunteer.  Some hosts require volunteers to have travel insurance. Others have minimum stay requirements (e.g. only want people who can stay for two weeks or more). Some request people fluent in a certain language, often English.

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Finding a Position: Visit Workaway to learn more and sign up. You can sign up as either a volunteer or a host. Be sure to carefully read the host descriptions so you know any requirements for a volunteer position. If you want to check out other organizations that offer volunteer travel opportunities, read this article or check out these highly rated volunteer travel opportunities.