Posts tagged with: "cultural exchange"

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Travel photography - "Farm life in Mongolia" (Mongolia)

Discover your next Workaway destination to add to your bucket list! While you're at it, you can also spread the wanderlust by entering our monthly photo competition (and get a chance to win our cash prize)!

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What is a Workaway Ambassador?

Ambassadors are Workawayers like you and me, they are helping to build the community by showing that responsible and ethical travel has the ability to genuinely make a difference to the communities they visit through..Let these world travellers show you how travelling whilst volunteering through cultural exchange is not impossible, but in fact has the potential to define your life!

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Travel photography - "Guitar, fire, hut: workaway evenings." (Kanchanaburi, Thailand)

There's so many ways to explore the world - start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts for a peek into the possibilities! Here are some of our favourite travel photos for the December 2019 photo competition of workaway.info to get you inspired.

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How this Workawayer built his freelance career while travelling the world

Chester from Singapore started out from going on short hiking trips while working for an ad agency, to creating a life between traveling, writing and hiking full time! We got to hear more about his journey so far around the world, the connections he had made through Workaway, and the new lifestyle he has found for himself.

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Uncover paths to paradise on the stunning Mamma Mia Greek island of Skopelos

This month we talk to host Heather from the Skopelos and share a slice of magical Greek island. Come uncover the beautiful well-trodden paths of the past, while enjoying the spectacular natural backdrop of Mamma Mia’s romantic island!

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10 unexpected perks of being a Workaway host

We all know how great it is to have an extra pair of hands around, and as hosts we often think we have a clear idea of what we’d like our volunteers to help us with. BUT, having been a Workaway host for over 15 years, there have been many unexpected benefits which I could never have envisaged!

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5 ways to make your Workaway profile stand out

Let’s face it, these days it seems like we’re filling out online profiles for everything. From dating apps to career networks, it can be a bit overwhelming to find one more way to describe yourself. However, your Workaway profile can be different and we’re here to help! Follow our best tips for how to create a unique profile that will unlock countless opportunities. Adventure awaits!

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12 Amazing bucket list travel experiences to have around the world

We only live once, so lets choose to do the most meaningful things in the most phenomenal places in the world! We’ve highlighted a few items on our loooong bucket list of the most wonderful experiences around the world. Are any of these on your list too?

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Workaway news: Plan your travels and explore new places with a travel buddy

Whether you are craving some companionship after a solo soul-searching journey, or you prefer to explore the world alongside somebody else…this is the perfect tool for you. Perhaps you want to find a buddy to visit hosts together with, or just to explore the local area during your days off? Either way, we hope you can find wonderful friendships through Workaway that will go beyond Workaway!

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Travel photography – “Llama Farm” (Oberösterreich, Austria)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes – discover our favourite travel photography showcasing the wonderful Workaway adventure moments around the world, and share yours for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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What is the Flyway Effect? A travelling couple charts their journey around the world

Brendon and Karson are a young travelling couple from the heart of the United States who both grew up in small towns with families who never dreamed of traveling anywhere beyond the U.S. So how did their families react when they decided to quit their jobs and adventure around the world for an entire year? They share their perspective on defying expectations and having experiences that last a lifetime.

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Workaway news: Stand out from the rest with your best Workaway profile

If a photo can speak a thousand words, then a video can do more! So give a bit of personality by uploading a personal video to your workaway profile, and show off all your achievements on the site with our new badges too.

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The couple who caught the Workaway bug BIG TIME: 14 hosts in 13 months and not ready to stop!

This couple Miguel and Mariana had been living together for 6-7 years when they suddenly decided to leave their beloved homeland behind to find a home away from home everywhere they went. Read about the epic story of how they make the transition from quitting their 9-5 jobs lives to become full-time Workawaying nomads doing a wide range of cool projects as a mean to explore the world!

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Learn the simple secret to cooking authentic and delicious Greek food

Workawayers Anna and Marcin reinvent the meaning of Greek cuisine and learn the secrets behind its magic – olive oil and herbs fresh from the doorstep! Share a taste of their adventures with this simple recipe of some wonderfully comforting Gigantes Plaki.

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Experience a sustainable lifestyle in Sri Lanka amongst natural wildlife and local community

This big ol’ plantation-sized slice of paradise in Sri Lanka is not just a coconut estate! This month, host Tilak tells us how he created a haven of natural beauty and wildlife, while giving back to the local community and welcoming travellers to enjoy the village sustainably.

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18 ways travellers perceive the world differently

Have you ever come back home after travelling to realize you just don’t think the way you used to? Or noticed people giving you the crazy eye after sharing one of your travel stories? You’re not alone! Call it experience, perspective, or a case of incurable wanderlust…there are just a few ways travellers perceive the world differently.

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Travel photography – “Martha is getting a cool cut” (Uganda)

The February 2018’s travel photography taken by Workawayers and hosts, featuring this heartwarming image for this month’s winner! Is there a better way to explore the world while giving back to local communities?

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How this creative family is using their recycled art to inspire the community to reuse & recycle

We had the pleasure of getting to know a lovely family living in the UK. Drawing on their experiences as journalists and travellers, they told us how they’re creating a new project that moves beyond recycling toward something even better. Get out some scissors and glue and tap into your inner child for this special interview!

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How to make the most of your trip while travelling with dietary restrictions

Travelling is all about reinventing and change of routine and lifestyle, so yes, travelling is going to be a bit more challenging when you have certain dietary restrictions, food allergies OR when you are simply a picky eater, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t visit countries where people have eating habits vastly different from yours. In fact what you may lose in choice you could gain in quality of experience.

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Things I wish somebody told me before my first solo trip

Throughout my travel adventures, I learned a lot. But I always credit my first solo trip for giving me the courage to follow my dreams. I want to pass some of that courage on to you, too. Here’s what I’ve learned and advice I wish somebody told me before my first solo trip.

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Farm of happiness: How this host in Turkey discovered a better way of life through permaculture

This month we spoke to one of our many workaway hosts, who runs a family farm in Turkey, as we learn about their story of how they made a big career move from banking and pharmaceutical sales into permaculture, all because of this one magical potion for a good life – “happiness”!

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8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip

Let’s face it- there’s something romantic and almost nostalgic about being poor. Think about all of the crazy adventures that begin by trying to save a little cash. Penny pinching may not sound glamorous, but the memories made while travelling on a shoestring budget will definitely be worth retelling. If you’re not convinced, here are 8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip and definitely earn you some backpacker badges of honour.

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The workawayer who discovered a passion for painting en-route and now can’t stop!

After ten months workawaying Aude is on a non-stop mission to leave a trail of inspirational murals behind her as she travels around the globe on a one way ticket. Some of her friends call her “an artwork machine“, because when she starts painting she is in the zone and there is no stopping her…!

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How travelling & workawaying taught me to be happy living with less

I was in my mid twenties, living in a hip part of the city in a comfortable, one bedroom apartment with a backyard and a front porch. I had a respectable job – one that paid well and helped others. I was right on track, doing everything I was supposed to be doing. Yet, I had a growing sense of emptiness, an unshakable anxiety that told me there was more to life than this.

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Stay on a sheep farm in South Africa “Where the land meets the sky”

This month, we caught up with Hester who lives on a sheep farm in South Africa with his family. His vivid description of the beautiful landscape and the history of the region are out of this world. After just a glimpse of seeing the farm through his eyes, we know you’ll be dreaming of visiting soon!

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5 Universal life lessons you’ll learn from your Workaways

A while ago we introduced you to Workawayers of the month, Shahnaz & Francois, a husband-and-wife duo who volunteered their way around the globe. Adventures like theirs aren’t just gonna become memories that will last a lifetime, but are also the best way to learn. And luckily for us, Shahnaz is willing to pass on some of the wisdom she has accumulated on her travels.

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Meet the couple who are travelling the world by bike with their dog

We recently came across the story of workawayers Anna and Marcin, a Polish couple who are pretty much living the dream. They quit their jobs for a life of slow travel, cycled from their home country all the way to Greece – AND brought their dog along on their adventures! We just need to find out more about their awesome journey.

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Let your tastebuds travel: How to make Hummus – the authentic way

Let’s be real, one of the most enjoyable things about travelling (and life!) is all the new food you get to try. But what’s even better is to learn how to make traditional dishes from locals, so you can relive those amazing travel memories bite by bite once home. In our new ‘Workaway Foodie’ blog series, food-loving Workawayers will share how they have learnt about foreign cultures and communities through their food.

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Dance and kitesurf with locals at one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador

This month, we talk with Juan who helps run a guest house in Ecuador on a remote beach in Santa Marianita. Drawing on his experience hosting over 100 Workaway volunteers (!), he shared valuable wisdom and his compassion for helping others. We’re already imagining the beautiful breeze coming off the waves and know you’ll be wanting to book a flight ASAP!

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10 Hacks to get the most from your first Workaway adventure

It can be intimidating if you’re new to it (or need to reassure your parents). Here are a few tips for your first Workaway that I’m sure will give you the confidence to go for it and have one of the best adventures of your life.

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This honeymoon couple quit their office jobs to live their dream of living off the land

When we were planning our honeymoon, we thought we can make the best of our round-the-world trip by experiencing the rural lifestyle as a farmer via workaway, as a test to make sure we weren’t just romanticizing the idea of living on a farm (especially because we were both working office jobs in New York City)! We were also hoping that the new skill set we would gain can really carry us through our big retirement plan of living on a ranch or a farm.

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Sustainable travel: 10 simple tips to become a responsible traveller

There’s no doubt that travelling can be good for the mind, body, and soul. We don’t have to convince you of its many personal benefits, but is it as good for the environment? Not always. The good news is that there are many ways to practice sustainable travel. With intention and a little preparation, following even a few of these steps can go a long way in helping preserve the treasures we seek around the world.

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Grow a good life: learn to live on less on this beautiful farm in the Jordan Valley

“It is more than just a farm, it’s a way of life :). We really love what we do. We wake up every day at 4:00 AM with a smile on our faces, ready to start a new day. We feel lucky that we have a good life.” This month’s Workaway “Host of the Month”, a beautiful organic farm from the Jordan Valley reminds us to slow down and enjoy the view.

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Voluntourism: selfless or selfish?

Is it better to stay home rather than participate in voluntourism? Was I making a positive impact by volunteering abroad? Or was I simply hurting the very people I was trying to help? Was my presence an act of neo-colonialism?

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Live and teach among the indigenous Achuar deep inside the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest

This month, we talk to Samira and Alan with this school project in a Ecuadorian Amazon village. Dedicated to helping protect indigenous culture in the heart of the Amazon, they need volunteers like you and me to help teach English in their remote village. We’re inspired by their project and know you will be too!

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Workawaying and travelling Morocco as a solo female

In the beginning I was very insecure and almost anxious but soon I simply fell in love with this miraculous, mesmerizing, beautiful country. I thought I might feel limited, as I just cannot wear whatever I want like at home or I cannot move freely because of being a girl, especially as a solo female traveller, but this turned out to be just wrong…

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Be a more confident traveler: How to pick up a new language in no time

As Nelson Mandela reminds us, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” But how does one go about learning a new language while travelling, exactly?

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Travel photography – “Give time, receive happiness” (Hsipaw, Burma)

See the latest amazing travel photos taken by workawayers and hosts; everything from the Northern Lights to natural thermal pools and a sunset on a desert! Enter our photo competition that runs every month for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Island living: Exploring Bahamas on a workaway sailboat

While we are in the depth of winter in most countries around the world we can’t help ourselves dreaming of warmer places, on a boat, in, I don’t know, somewhere like the.. BAHAMAS! Workaway host of the month David is living our dream..

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The Whole World in Two Tiny Hands: Homeschooling with Workaway

Kids are the best teachers of life and to teach kids is both a challenge and an adventure. We have homeschooled our children for six years. During that time we travelled a lot, exposing them to varied cultures and lifestyles, yet it was only when we started hosting Workawayers that the dynamics of our homeschooling experience has changed so much for the better.

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Living the simple life in a farm community in Southern France

It’s been a whole year since we started interviewing our hosts, and what amazing people we have spoken to! This month is no exception with Geneviève and Erick from France, at their beautiful organic farm community.

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They Call Me Obruni- Finding a Sense of Belonging While Travelling

I stand out. Like a sore thumb. Like a neon glow stick against a moonless midnight sky. Will I ever truly belong? Can I ever truly belong? I have been a foreigner many times. Yet, this is the first time being a foreigner has been so obvious to me and everyone else, too. It’s the first time I’ve felt an unshakeable sense of vulnerability and loss of anonymity.

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Should I sign up as a host on workaway?

Am I too old to host on workaway? Or too young? Who would want to come to my area? What if I don’t speak English that well? Too much of this, not enough of that? Here’s a short list of potential self-doubts or preconceptions a new host might have with solutions to overcome them.

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The Sharing Economy: Creating a Currency of Connection Around the World

With the rapid growth of the travel industry, there is an app or guidebook for everything. Information is literally at our fingertips. For someone who’s dipping their toe into the sharing economy, taking an Uber to get around town might be enough of a first time experience. For more seasoned or adventurous folks, carpooling through a site like Bla Bla Car, or using Hitchwiki to help you navigate your travels might be more fun.

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Workawayer of the month: a solo female traveller’s adventures

As a solo female traveller and workawayer, you’re entirely thrown out of your comfort zone, and are a little awkward and vulnerable. Everything’s all on you and you alone to figure out; but that’s what stretches you and makes you grow.

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How hosting travellers can benefit your kids

This month may be one of our favourite interviews so far. We sent 2 of our team members Shirley and James to Vietnam to discover hosts away from their laptops. Little did they expect to meet such an amazing 12-year old girl and our youngest ever host– ok, her family are the one that are actually hosting, but she loves Workaway so much we just had to interview her!

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Free volunteering: How to volunteer around the world without paying ridiculous agency fees

So you want to volunteer abroad? Good on you! We love that you are looking to give back. But you’ve gone online and you’ve seen some organisations CHARGE ridiculous agency fees for your kindness. How crazy is that? In fact what we are here to do is show you how you can volunteer around the world without paying a cent…

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10 steps to being a great Workaway host

Before even embarking on the experience, a host needs to be prepared mentally and practically for a visitor – it’s not always easy sharing your space or adapting to someone else’s. Here we’ve got a 10 point step-by-step guide to help you get the most of out of your experience as a host…

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How I got ‘rich’ from travelling around the world

We’ve heard it all before – ‘I quit my job to travel the world’, but what is it really like when you are actually doing it? When you stop earning a guaranteed salary and start travelling without a wage? We decided to ask someone that knows all too well on how to really live off pennies, and the rewards that come with doing Workaway exchange.

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Workawayers help rescue farm and transform it into a community

Family owned for almost 600 years, the farm was traditional up to the 70s. Neglected after a community finished around 2000, it now has love provided by Devi & Ezra the youngest generation of their family : With the volunteers we found a sustainable way to keep our project going.

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Colombia Language School: Connecting Travellers to Locals

Read all about an alternative Spanish language school in Medellin, Colombia, where the goal is to teach Spanish by connecting students with the locals, which for them is one of the most important aspects of meaningful travel.

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Bring Out Your Inner Child – Workaway at a Play Lounge on Skiathos

Finding out more about a Workaway host on Skiathos where volunteers help with a children’s play lounge and bring the world to their door!

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How To Be A Good Workaway Guest and Always Get Invited Back

Be a good guest by following some of the advice here to make your Workaway stay an enjoyable and productive one where both hosts and volunteers benefit.

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Travel Photo Competition Winners – May 2014

Take a look at the wanderlust-inducing travel photos from this month's competition taken by our workawayers and hosts; there’s nothing like a good photo that captures the happiness of travelling and meeting new friends all over the world!

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