At the beginning of 2014 volunteering was something unknown for us. But then, after 5 months of being on the road, during our first time long term trip abroad, when thinking about where to go next and how to do it for less money, an idea to try volunteering came to my mind. Some days later it was decided – we will try to volunteer using Workaway.info for two or three weeks in Malaysia.
These two or three weeks in our first place on Langkawi island in Malaysia – volunteering on a yacht – turned into almost three months. But next “few weeks” in France – volunteering in the castle – into almost two months. And we volunteered again and again. In Italy. Then in France and Spain, and in Malaysia again.
But, why to volunteer, you will ask? And I will answer.
1. Volunteer to Experience Local People’s Lifestyle
Working and living together with local people gives you that exclusive chance to see a local culture from a completely different perspective. Because you are no longer only a tourist passing by, you are living like a local. You will live like a local. You will eat like a local. You will spend your time like a local.
Who knows all the best places around if not a person living there. Ask your host about everything you are interested in!
2. Volunteer to Learn New Skills
You want to try work in a hotel? Or in a farm? But maybe your dream is to try and live on a boat for some time? Search for places you are most interested in and apply! Go for your dreams!
It’s always good to have some skills or practical experience to offer, when applying for a volunteer job. But from our experience in many situations such qualities as quick learning and self-sufficiency will be more than enough.
3. Volunteer to Meet Like-Minded People
In some places these people will be your hosts. In another places, especially the ones were they have been inviting volunteers for some time already, there usually are more than 1-2 volunteers at a time. But while working in a hostel or hotel you will meet new people every day.
Travelers. Adventurers. People with unique and interesting life stories.
4. Volunteer to Travel Cheaper
Accommodation costs. Skip them. Food costs. Skip them. What’s left? Transportation costs for getting from a place A to a place B. And some personal costs for some personal things. That’s it!
But that means, you can now TRAVEL MORE FOR LESS MONEY. Isn’t that fantastic?
Have you ever tried volunteering? What was your experience?
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.