As a traveller or language learner (or in many cases both!) volunteering with a family or for a small organization is an ideal way to get to know the real side of a foreign country or to immerse yourself completely in a foreign language. You know that you will have the security of a place to stay with welcoming people.
However, remember it takes a lot of thought for someone to invite you into their home, so be prepared to volunteer and help as much as you can! It is not a hotel or a youth hostel it is an exchange- a few hours volunteering per day in exchange for food and board. Housework i.e. cooking, washing-up, etc should be shared.
The possibilities for exchanges are endless - You can use Workaway to enable you to travel around a country for very low cost, you can use it to practice a language you have spent many years learning, but have never had the opportunity to practice with native speakers, or use it to learn new skills and meet new people!
Remember though, Workaway.info is not an agency. We enable you to find placements. It is up to you to write yourself a great profile, to make contact, to introduce yourselves with an e-mail, to organize your travel arrangements, to arrange your travel visas, and to discuss directly with your host the ways in which you can volunteer and help.
Once you've signed up, as well as being able to contact hosts, you will be searchable as a volunteer by the hosts on the site. Hosts often look for volunteers with specific skills such as a certain language or practical skill. Remember to indicate your skills by checking the appropriate tickbox in your profile. You should also fill in your profile with info about yourself and the skills you can offer.
Once I am in contact with the hosts that interest me, how do I organize my stay with them?
You make contact via e-mail with the hosts that interest you. If the host has a place available then they will contact you with their telephone number or skype and address so that a placement can be mutually arranged.
How do I register with Workaway.info?
Just complete the registration form with your personal details and press the send button. You will then be able to access and edit your profile and to contact our registered hosts.
Is there a minimum time that I must stay for?
What is the maximum time I can stay for?
This depends on the needs of your hosts and of course on your visa requirements (if applicable!)
Are there things I should refuse to do?
This problem should be avoidable by speaking in advance of your exchange about the conditions with your host. Obviously though, be sensible, don't attempt anything that is obviously dangerous or should really be carried out by a qualified professional.
Apart from the help what else is expected from me?
You are expected to share in any household tasks where you are living, and to generally clear up after yourself!
Can you organise my visa for me?
Workaway can not advise or organise travel or working visas. All volunteers must obtain the relevant visa (Working , Volunteering or otherwise) for the country they are travelling to. All questions regarding travel and visas should be put to the relevant embassy in the home country before travelling.
What is the minimum and maximum age for a workawayer?
You need to be at least 18 years old, there is no maximum age limit for signing up for Workaway. Some hosts like to receive families, some don't. It's just a matter of contacting hosts on the list and asking!