A New Way to Travel
This is a new tendency among most backpackers and travellers of all kinds since its benefits are numerous and it allows you to travel to different destinations without going bust.
I remember I first read about this subject when I was looking for ways to travel cheap around the world, this was one of the many ways that called my attention since, as I said above, it has a lot of benefits:
- You don’t have to spend money on accommodation
- Depending on the place, you get free food
- You get to live and know the place as a local instead of a tourist
- You can experience cultural exchange in a unique way
- It’s a very practical way of learning or improving languages
- You can choose which volunteering experience you want to try depending on your personal interests
- It’s a great way to discover new passions and interests
- This is the best one! You get to learn new skills and improve the ones you already have.
Logging in a new adventure
There are many websites where you can find different volunteering offers, most of them will require an annual payment, which is not much if you consider that when you start using them, you will be saving a lot of money on accommodation,
Pages where you can find volunteering proposals
Volunteers Base: this is a free help exchange network where you can find different volunteering projects in America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and other countries. You just have to create an account, edit your profile and start looking for the project that best suits you.
HelpX: it’s an online platform that connects volunteers with hosts seeking help. Volunteers commit to four o five hours of work (depending on the host needs) in exchange for food and housing. The volunteering offer is focused on organic farms, non-organic farms, ranches, lodges, B&Bs and even sailing boats. You can create a free account, and if you want to upgrade you have to pay UD 29 a year.
Workaway: this is my favourite one and the one I use the most, it allows you to create a single or couple’s account, it’s not a free site, you have to make an annual payment of USD 36 for a single account or USD 46 for a couple account, but it’s totally worth it, since the system is very easy to use and dynamic.
WWOOF: in this site, you can find many volunteering projects in organic farms, mostly in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK. It’s a good option if you’re interested in learning about organic growing methods and want to experience life in a rural setting in a different country. The host provides food, housing and opportunities to learn different skills in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities (on average, five or six hours of work per day). It costs USD 23 for a single account and USD 35 for a couple’s account per year.
Worldpackers: a social network for travellers and backpackers where you can find opportunities to exchange a few hours of work for housing and sometimes food (but not always). You have to pay around USD 25 per year to create your profile and it doesn’t allow you to create a couple’s account. Bear in mind that most volunteering places will ask you to pay around USD 5 per day for food.
So far, I’ve had five different experiences volunteering abroad in four different countries, and I expect to have many more. I will write on every experience in other articles, so stay tuned…