Summertime is officially here, calling us to give in to our inner free spirit and let the wild side of ourselves shine. And we can't think of a better way to do this than by exploring the world and letting it shine WITH us as we volunteer with incredible projects on the road! ☀️ Just to help you get started, we’ve put together 9 special Workaway adventures to make your next summer unforgettable...
1. Stay in an oasis on the edge of the Sahara and help a nomadic family rebuild their ancestral home in Morocco
Learn natural building skills and experience Berber culture first-hand in this
beautiful oasis right on the edge of the Sahara desert.
Have a go at making mud bricks, relax under the shade of the palm trees and listen to local stories by the campfire. This host is near Tagounite, an ancient Jewish village almost untouched by tourism. Explore the abandoned kasbah’s, hire an ATV and roar off into the dunes, or check out crash sites of the curiously high number of meteorites that have struck the area.
2. Relax by the riverside and enjoy kayaking at the chilled-out youth hostel in Canada
Perfect for water lovers, this
laid-back youth hostel
in Canada is nestled in a quaint town on the banks of the Saint-Laurent river, Quebec.
Whether you’re paddle-boarding, kayaking, or fishing in the river, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views and seals nestled on the rocks.
You may even be lucky enough to see whales! Lend a hand painting, help with maintenance, or get busy in the garden while staying among travellers like yourself.
3. Rescue animals and experience vegan living on a chemical-free farm in Malaysia
Care for injured or abandoned animals in a
sanctuary surrounded by tropical plants, nature, and most importantly over a hundred dogs!
Enjoy the ‘fruits’ of your labour and eat delicious, wholesome meals at this 100% organic farm. Explore the nearby landmark Batu caves and waterfalls, and meet the locals of Raub, a historic mining settlement. Or hang out with the host family and enjoy table tennis, cuddling with the dogs and maybe a BBQ in the rooftop garden while soaking in the sun.
4. Live in a tiny house by a beautiful beach and practice sustainability in Uruguay
Looking to connect to nature? Stay in a
tiny home by the beach and gain experience building self-sufficient and ecological structures in this beautiful spot on the coast of Maldano, Uruguay
. Try your hand at surfing, explore the nearby villages, or spend time with other members of a welcoming community. The reviews for this host rave about the friendliness and warmth of the host family, the stunning natural setting and the laid-back vibe.
5. Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum
Get off the tourist trail and
small but extremely friendly community, descended from the Zalabieh tribe, to experience true Bedouin hospitality in the Wadi Rum desert
. Hike the open landscape, climb nearby peaks, or take a safari tours and watch the sunset from the back of a jeep. Take part in some traditional dancing after dinner by the campfire, and lose yourself stargazing into those wondrous Arabian nights from a luxurious bell tent. Becoming part of this unique community is the ideal Workaway for any social media mavens looking for a real talking point on their CV … you’ll likely pick up some Arabic along the way, too!
6. Let your creativity loose at a German art camp in the village
If you’re an artist (or aspiring one!) who wants to discover a unique art scene and live with other creatives around the world, you’d definitely not want to miss this creative camp in Lower Saxony, Germany! Help create incredible murals or art on canvas, handcraft designs with natural materials… and if you’re on a creative block, don’t worry — there’s beautiful gardens, forests and meadows for you to enjoy nature in full bloom and get some inspiration too!
7. Learn about women empowerment and traditional weaving in the Guatemalan Highlands
Looking for some vibrant colours to add to your summer wardrobe? This women-owned social enterprise in Xela works with local women to support their families and communities through weaving. Immerse into Guatemala’s Mayan culture while learning about traditional weaving techniques and textile production; and make sure to take a private backstop loom weaving class to make and take home some incredible fabrics you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere!
... nothing catch your eye yet? How about these *bonus* hosts?
BONUS 1. Take care of rescue horses minutes from the beach in Spain
Spend the summer on the island of Tenerife, Spain in this diverse, digital-nomad-friendly community committed to waste reduction and freeganism
. This host is looking for people interested in training or looking after their rescue horses - perfect if you want to spend your summer galloping along the coast and stumbling across unique beauty spots
. In your free time build up a sweat hiking across the mountains of volcanic rock, cool off with a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling, and finish off your day with a stroll on the beach at sunset.
BONUS 2. Lend a hand at this floating resort and soak up the rays in Mexico
Eco-warriors are welcome at this amazing resort suspended above a beautiful freshwater lake in Bacalar, Mexico
. Whether you’re helping out with guests, cleaning the cabañas or coming up with ideas to make the place even more sustainable, you’ll be surrounded by incredible flora and fauna and a friendly, fun team of people. Wake up to bird song in the middle of paradise, take a dip in the crystal clear water of the lagoon, and relax for an afternoon snooze in a hammock. Adventure seekers can enjoy kayaking and jungle treks to see the native monkeys, opossums and agoutis. Be careful - you might never want to leave!
With so many adventures to be had we just know you’ll be inspired to create your very own! So let your hair loose, shake off any remaining winter blues, and turn your face to the sunshine. (And sign up to become a Workawayer, already)!