How it works

New to Workaway? Here you'll find all you need to know about our unique community.

A Workawayer is: A traveller willing to help out for a few hours a day in return for a place to stay and food to eat. (Some hosts also offer a wage.)

How to Workaway

Join the community

Create a great profile, we will verify you within 24 hours

Connect with hosts

Contact your favourite hosts, discuss your stay and what is expected in return

Travel like a local

Discover new cultures, friends, places and skills

Join as a Workawayer

What's included

A huge selection of hosts

We have over 50,000+ opportunities in more than 170 countries worldwide. Inspiration abounds!

No hidden fees

Our membership fees are simple with no hidden costs. Simply join today and start connecting with hosts.

A truly global membership

Your membership is valid everywhere and allows you to connect with hosts anywhere in the world.

Connect with other travellers

Find a travel buddy to join you on your travel adventures.

Personal reference letters

Our personalised reference letters showcase the feedback left by your Workaway hosts.

Dedicated 24-hour support

Our team personally check every profile and provide advice. We're also travellers and hosts, here to help.

Any questions?

Generally you will be expected to help around 5 hours per day in exchange for food and accommodation. Some hosts may give a paid allowance to ensure they are offering at least the minimum wage in their country. Conditions and agreements may vary depending on the skills you can offer and the requirements of each host. It is important you communicate as much as possible beforehand with your hosts so that you both know each other's expectations.
You must be 18 years old to register for a profile. The minimum age for volunteering in most countries is 18. Minors accompanied with their parents are also accepted on some family projects.
Yes, but each member of the group must have their own Workaway profile. You can connect your accounts so hosts know you are travelling together.
Yes, of course! When you sign up as a Workawayer you can access the host list and contact host families, NGO's or projects directly for 1 year to Workaway and offer your services. Workaway is a cultural exchange, you offer a few hours of help in exchange of food and accommodation. When signing up as a family kids do not pay if they are under 18. You can create a couple account and add info in your listing saying that you are travelling as a family. If you are a single parent with children under 18 you can use a single type account. There are plenty of hosts that receive families especially the ones that have children too.

Workaway is primarily for cultural exchange or learning new skills and a way of making new friends.

If a host is looking for help with a business or business activity, they may offer payment to ensure that they are meeting the minimum wage requirements of their country.

Where a host is offering payment this will be clearly marked on their profile.

The Workaway philosophy

As a community based on learning, sharing and exploring new ways of life, what makes Workaway work is the spirit and dedication of our members in providing positive cultural exchange experiences.

More about our mission

Trusted and reviewed

We've been around since 2002 and are proud of the trust and respect that has developed in our community ever since!

4.9

Average rating across
395,528 reviews on Workaway

Safety, trust and respect
Find out about our safety values and how to best prepare for your travels
Insurance for Workawayers
Check out insurance options for Workawayers, volunteers and backpackers

Workaway is the AirBnB of working holidays, with placements reviewed by past visitors.

If you dream of swapping the nine-to-five for more fulfilling work overseas… Workaway has placements across the globe.

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