It was April 2014, when we tried volunteering for the first time. We were in India, our money was running out, but we wanted to travel more. Searching for ideas, how to travel with less money, we found Workaway.info.
On this site you can find volunteering opportunities all over the world. The way, how it works, is very easy – you find a place, you contact them and agree about everything. In exchange for 4-5 hours of work 5 days a week, you get food and place where to live. No any paperwork. Think of it like you are going to help your friend. As that’s how it should be.
And that’s how we have experienced it in 3 out of 4 volunteering places, where we have been so far.
IMPORTANT – you can search for volunteering gigs on Workaway for free, but when you want to contact these people, you need to pay registration fee. It’s 23 euro for 2 years if you are registering as single, and 30 euro – couple.
We have been volunteers for almost a year in total, both in Asia and Europe. Our volunteering experience includes living on a tropical island and working on yachts, living and working in a castle, spending winter months in beautiful Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).
Why volunteering is good for you
It’s your opportunity to experience local cultures more closely. Because you will be living together with local family. This way you will also meet with interesting people. While volunteering we have met many like-minded and interesting people from around the world, whom now we can call our friends. We have learned new skills and experienced so many beautiful moments, while spending very, very little, too.
Here we talk more about why to volunteer!
Do you need an inspiration?
Read our interview with our friend Clive NOW! Clive is one of those interesting and inspiring people whom we have met while volunteering. We met with Clive in France and later in Malaysia. He is experienced Workaway’er, who has been volunteering to explore the world for more than 3 years already (updated: september 2016).
First volunteering gig – getting ready
You have read an interview with Clive and now you are ready to go? You are ready for your first time volunteering experience. But how to prepare for it, you will ask. So, here is the answer.
At first, you need to be a dreamer. You need to think of all the places where you would love to live. And you need to think of all the things you would love to do.
When it’s decided, comes researching. How to get to your desired country? How much doest it cost? What kind of volunteering opportunities are available there? When is the best time to go? Then you apply for jobs there.
And then… then you GO!
Read more about how to prepare for your first time workaway’ing experience!
Our Workaway volunteering experience (2014 – 2015)
Volunteering on charter yacht – Langkawi island, Malaysia.
Volunteering in the castle – Burgundy, France.
Volunteering in holiday houses – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
helpx.net – site similar to Workaway. A lot of the same volunteer positions. People and companies using volunteer work a lot, often are on both sites. We choose Workaway because of better design and functionality.
wwoofinternational.org – organisation focusing on volunteer work in organic farms. All the offers are divided by countries and regions. When registering and making a payment, be sure to choose the right region, the one where you are planning to go.
trustedhousesitters.com – site, where to look for house sitting gigs. Usually it happens like this – people are going on vacation and need someone to look after their house or apartment, sometimes also dog or cat.
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