How Workaway works...

Workawayers typically are interested in cultural exchange and learning and will help out for a few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation, with visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months.

Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit. Put your existing skills to good use, or try something new you‘d never normally get to do and pick up new skills along the way.

There is an ever growing list of 40,000+ active hosts in over 180 countries offering all kinds of places to stay.

Step 1: Join the Community

Step 2: Make Friends and Chat

Step 3: Visit and Integrate

Whether you are interested in cultural exchange and learning, need help within a family environment, a specific project, or another pair of hands on an ongoing basis, if you have extra space and are interested in meeting new people from all over the world then why not invite people to come and help via Workaway?

Workawayers come from all sorts of backgrounds and bring with them a variety of abilities and skills. Typical exchanges might involve helping with an eco-building project, language learning and practice, child-minding, helping in the garden, helping with animals, web design and promotion, the list is endless. Hosts asking for help with business activities can also offer paid positions.

Step 1: Join the Community

Step 2: Make Friends and Chat

Step 3: Receive travellers, to help and learn

The world's leading community for sustainable travel and cultural exchange.

Promoting Volunteering, Family Exchanges, Homestays, Farmstays, Working Holidays, Travel Buddies, Language Learning and Cultural Exchange.

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What kind of exchange are you looking for?

Contribute your time to an NGO
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Experience a cultural exchange
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Help at a local school
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House sitting
House sit and see the world for free
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Animal welfare and pet sitting
Help with animals
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Connect with local communities around the world
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Try your hand at sailing and boating
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Sustainable project
Help create a sustainable future
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Meet other workawayers!
Enter the Workaway photo competition
Take a look at the Workaway foundation
Get in-depth info on the Workaway Blog

Discover more about Workaway

A selection of posts from our blog can be seen below

Travelling Tips, Using Workaway
10 hacks for first time workawayers
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Using Workaway
5 budget travel & workaway myths debunked
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10 ways to connect with locals
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Travelling Tips
How to volunteer abroad without paying ridiculous agency fees
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Inspiration, Using Workaway
Homeschooling with workaway
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Why travel-volunteering is every language learner’s dream
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Your payment also entitles you to:

24 hour support for members
Paid members have 24 hour access to our friendly support team
Personal reference letter
Subscribers can request a personal reference letter showcasing their feedback left by hosts while Workawaying
Receive advice to create personally reviewed profile
Presented by the Workaway team, this live webinar gives useful tips for our paid members and includes an interactive Q&A session each week
See hosts and Workawayers nearby on a map
See who's around and send them a direct message. Chat, meet up and connect with like-minded people
Talk to your personal advisor via live chat
Members can chat to one of our team in real time who will help answer any questions
Find a travel buddy with common plans and interests
Upload a video to your profile, each video is appraised by a member of the Workaway team
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