Who we are
This is David.
He first came across the concept of volunteering whilst travelling in Hawaii in the early 90s. Managing to extend a one week stay to a two month one by helping out in a hostel on the North shore.
He set up Workaway.info after meeting so many nice travellers and backpackers who were looking for a bit more than just the hostel experience, and so would offer them a place to stay in return for a bit of help around his house and land.
His aim is to help travellers be able to integrate more easily in whatever country they’re travelling in whilst having the opportunity to give something back to the local community.
When not working on the website he spends his time travelling, windsurfing and with his two kids.
This is Alex.
He is our designer/programmer/ magician
Alex has been developing websites since 1998, and immediately liked the Workaway idea, since he had done quite a bit of travelling himself back in the eighties and nineties.
"I would have loved to have subscribed to workaway.info when I was in my twenties and would travel whenever I got the chance to - but back then there was neither internet (that I knew of) nor Workaway .
Now I have five kids, and I think travelling and volunteering are some of the best things you can encourage your children to do to enable them to meet other cultures in a way they never could, being tourists in a foreign country. What I enjoy most regarding workaway is reading new feedback submitted by workawayers or hosts. It really makes me feel good to see that our site is influencing so many lives in a positive way."
If you have technical questions or problems with workaway, Alex will be glad to help you.
This is Giovanna.
She is based in Central America, bilingual in Spanish/ English and joined us in 2011 to help with the Spanish section of the site as well as develop Workaway in the Americas.
She discovered Workaway whilst taking a gap year from her degree in international law and has spent her travels in Canada , Europe and Africa. When she’s not working , or planning her next trip she’ll be found in front of a canvas painting.
“ Workaway is a great opportunity to be able to travel without having to spend a fortune. Anyone with an adventurous spirit and who wants to get involved rather than just be a tourist now has the opportunity to make their dreams a reality. To have the chance of not just practising or learning a language but to get to know people that can teach a different way of life and philosophy and to teach us to think and view life in a different way, apart from the wonderful things that a culture and the place can offer you."
"Travelling for me is the real university of life and our experiences while travelling can enrich our souls making us a better person.”
This is Chris.
He will try to help and give advice to workawayers and hosts using the site.
He has travelled quite extensively starting backpacking in Europe as a teenager, riding a trusty, rusty Royal Enfield motorbike the length of India, a bicycle the length of Europe, living and voyaging on a sailboat and flying around the US on a private jet with The Rolling Stones!
“The information age has given us so much to make our lives easier, but for those who are on the move and looking to be involved in the places they visit, Workaway provides an opportunity that was just not possible when I started out travelling in the early 90s armed with a thick (usually out-of-date) guide book.
My partner and I have just had our first child, I'm a keen photographer and play in a reggae band.”