Posts tagged with: "volunteering"

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5 Ways Workaway Helped me find my purpose

I knew my purpose in life from a very young age. Or so I thought. Three years into my field and mid-way through my twenties, I realized I had lost my original sense of purpose, and myself in the meantime. I knew I had to make a change..and these are some of the lessons I learned about re-discovering my purpose after a year of volunteering with Workaway.

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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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Travel photography - "Tea picking" (Hatton, Sri Lanka)

Browse through the wanderlust-inducing travel photography by hosts and workawayers, featuring exciting Workaway adventures around the world! Enter our monthly photo competition to share your travels & win our cash prize.

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Travel photography - "Diving in the clear waters of Brazil" (Goiás, Brazil)

Where will you Workaway adventures take you this year? From Brazil's dazzling waterfalls to Poland's snowy peaks, take a look at the endless possibilities offered in January 2020's travel photo competition, and get inspired to start your own too!

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Why taking a gap year is the best investment you’ll make in your life

Not sure about taking the risk of going on a gap year? Think gap years are only for college students, or teenagers with no goal in life? Here are 7 perfect reasons for you to start packing and embark on a year-long adventure abroad!

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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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Travel photography - "Northern lights viewing" (Hakkstabben, Norway)

Get lost in our favourite Workaway experiences, from petting goats and picking fruit, to seeing the northern lights! Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography - "Binding Light" (Costa Rica)

Here are some of our most wanderlust-inducing photos of October 2019, taken by our travel community. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize!

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Travel photography - "Villa Shardana" (Pula, Italy)

September 2019's travel photography is filled with vibrant moments out in nature to capture the last moments of summer! Where have you been exploring this month? Enter next month's photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography - "Natural SPA" (Iceland)

Have you dipped your toes into any new adventures this month? August 2019's travel photography features all the amazing scenery and experiences you can add to your bucket list. Get inspired and make sure to share your photos with us!

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Travel photography - "Farmlove" (Skagafjörður, Iceland)

From cuddling horses to exploring rainforests - will July 2019's travel photography inspire your next Workaway adventure? Enter workaway's monthly photo competition for a chance to win our cash prize!

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Travel photography - "A trip with the kids. India." (Mussoorie, India)

Browse through June 2019's inspiring travel photography showing a sneak peek into all the special volunteering moments around the world. Enter our next photo competition for a chance to share your travels and win a cash prize!

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Travel photography - "Sleeping Buddha" (Montaren-et-Saint-Médiers, France)

We loved May 2019's whimsical travel snapshots and unique Workaway experiences captured by our community! Explore some of the best images this month and enter the next competition for your chance to win our €100 prize.

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Travel photography - "Waterfall day with our English students" (Cianjur, Indonesia)

See the world through Workawayer & host's lens - from splashing under the waterfall with your students to climbing coconut trees! Share your travel photography for a chance to win our €100 cash prize.

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This couple from Brazil truly captures the beauty of “A World Without Walls”

Renata and Aline are a Workaway couple who’ve been travelling together since 2017. With their project, “a world without walls”, the duo is on a mission to inspire your next trip and challenge your perception of the world.

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Travel photography - "Bottle walls making" (Tekirdağ, Turkey)

Have a glimpse into all the meaningful Workaway projects around the world with March 2019's travel photography and get inspired for your next adventure! Be sure to enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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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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Travel photography - "Krabi Rock Cliff" (Krabi, Thailand)

Way to see the world from a different point of view! February 2019's photo competition showcases all the incredible scenery and people you can encounter while on the road... what will you discover on your next adventure?

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Travel photography - "Camping in the desert" (Namibia)

What kind of adventure would you like to start the year with? From camping in the African desert, to harvesting pumpkins with your Workaway host's hobby farm... get inspired by this month's travel photography and start your own journey too!

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Travel photography - "Christmas tree" (California, USA)

What's the most memorable adventures you've had in 2018? Discover our favourite travel photography showcasing the wonderful Workaway moments around the world, and share yours for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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Travel photography – “Tribes and smiles” (Tamil Nadu, India)

There’s so much magic around the world, and so many ways for us to explore it! Start through the lens of our workawayers & hosts, and get inspired by our favourite travel photography of November 2018.

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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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“Discovering 4000 years old megalithic construction called Nuraghe” (Sardinia, Italy)

Explore the wonders of the world through our community! Here are some of the best travel photography in September 2018’s workaway photo competition – get some inspiration and and showcase your photography to win some travel funds too!

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Travel photography – “Nature pools are the best” (Sri Lanka)

Where would you like your Workaway adventures to take you? From tropical paradise in Sri Lanka to the edges of Ecuador, take a look at the endless possibilities offered in August 2018’s travel photo competition, and get inspired to start your own too!

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Travel photography – “Reaching the top of KYANJING RI after 5 days trekking – 4400m” (Nepal)

A celebration of July 2018’s travel photography and achievements of the Workaway community, from reaching new heights in Nepal to milking a cow for the first time! Get inspired to start your own globetrotting adventure!

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Travel photography – “Floating in the Dead Sea” (Israel)

What is it like to float in the middle of the Dead Sea, or learn to drive a tractor for the first time? Explore our favourite travel photography from June 2018, and share your best travel snapshots for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography – “Ella Bridge” (Ella, Sri Lanka)

Get lost in our favourite Workaway destinations, from the Ella Bridge to the arctic! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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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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“Catching a sunset on a slackline after a day of helping at the hostel.” (Lima, Peru)

We loved April 2018’s travel photography taken by workawayers and hosts on various adventures around the world! Explore some of the best images this month and enter the next competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Manifestation against drilling next to the island” (Myre, Norway)

See the world through workawayer and host’s eyes – explore some of the best travel photography in March 2018’s workaway photo competition, and share your best snaps for a chance to win the €100 prize!

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The ultimate guide to visiting & protecting the world’s most amazing marine conservation sites

We’ve handpicked a list of Workaway hosts on exclusive locations across the globe, with amazing projects perfect for those keen to witness the beauty of the blue and play a part in marine conservation!

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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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Travel photography – “Chamonix Run” (France)

From spectacular trail running views to snapshots with your workaway family – will these wanderlust inducing travel photos inspire you to go on your own adventure? Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win a cash prize.

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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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“Workaweyers team / climbing the mountain after work” (Mount Roraima, Venezuela)

Browse through the beautiful travel photos submitted by workawayers and hosts in December 2017; from epic volunteer teams to magnificent waterfalls! Enter the competition that runs every month for a chance to showcase your travel photos across our social

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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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Travel photography – “Workaway in The Himalayas” (Sangla, India)

See the latest amazing travel photos taken by workawayers and hosts in November 2017; from the majestic Himalayan ranges to new workaway families! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography – “We looked for the concrete, we found the unreal” (Laguna Pirquinco, Chile)

Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by workawayers and hosts. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Follow your Dreams” (Bali, Indonesia)

Get lost in the most amazing Workaway destinations on earth, from the Balinese paradise to the incredibly beautiful Cenote and cow cuddles in an idyllic farm! Enter our photo competition that runs every month for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography – “Someone Loves the Pom Pom” (Greenland)

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in August 2017 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

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Travel photography – “Post Work Ritual” (Strängnäs, Sweden)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes- explore some of the best travel photos in our monthly competition gallery, share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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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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7 Workaway adventures to make your Summer unforgettable

Summertime is officially here, calling us to let the most wild and free versions of ourselves shine. It invites us to take a step back from our normal routines to discover something different. Embrace your most wild and brave self and let these Workaway adventures inspire your own. (And buy that plane ticket, already)!

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What is it like to hitchhike through Southeast Asia??

Many people would be put off by the idea of getting into a total random stranger’s car in a foreign country, asking for a free lift.. But as told by our Workaway ambassador Charlotte, hitchhiking is not only one of the best ways to get around in Southeast Asia…it also can be an ideal way to meet new people!

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Travel photography – “Milky Way Above Jetty” (New South Wales, Australia)

Totally in awe with the beauty of the universe! Check out our favourite snapshots of June 2017’s travel photo competition, get inspired to start your own workaway adventure and capture your journeys for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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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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Travel photography – “All volunteers are sitting in one boat” (Talara, Peru)

There’s so many ways to explore the world – start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts! Here are some of our favourite travel photos for the May 2017 photo competition of workaway.info

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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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Volunteering on a farm: A city girl’s learning experience

In our brand-new ‘Workaway Ambassadors’ blog series, they will share their volunteering stories, travel hacks, tips and more to inspire you. Next up is the story of Workaway Ambasssador Nina (teamed up to travel together with Giuse), a born-and-raised city girl who left the comforts of home to experience life in rural Chile. Her story truly illustrates the transformative power of travel and cultural exchange!

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Travel photography – “Sunrise at Pulpit Rock” (Forsand, Norway)

Explore spectacular spots and volunteer adventures through April 2017’s Workaway travel photo competition – and get inspired to embark on your own!

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It’s never too late to pursue your dreams of travelling the world

Well, we felt it’s not always the things in life that you do that you sometimes regret, it’s the things that you don’t do. If there’s something that you really want to do, just take a chance! You can always go home if it doesn’t work out. It was a bit scary thinking about it and we talked about travelling for about a year before we realised that the only thing stopping us, was us.

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Travel photography – “Traveling from one host to another” (Portugal)

Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by workawayers and hosts. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway.info travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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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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Travel photography – “Arctic Sky” (Alta, Norway)

See the world through workawayer & host’s eyes- explore some of the best travel photographies in our monthly competition gallery, share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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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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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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Worried about travelling with kids? Use these top tips!

Travelling with kids or “en famille” is the perfect opportunity for you to leave behind the routine and responsibilities of work and school and spend some “quality time” together. A great idea in principal, but it is sometimes difficult to meet the expectations of all family members and really make the most of your time together.

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Travel photography – “Walking on magic” (Ausangate, Peru)

Here are some of the varied and wonderful shots taken by workawayers and hosts during their travels. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “#perfectlychilled” (Baños, Ecuador)

See the winner and all the commended shots from the workaway photo competition from November 2016. Explore more inspiring travel shots from hosts and workawayers from all over the world.

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Travel photography – “The Long Way Home” (Sapa, Vietnam)

We are amazed by the wonderful travel pictures taken by our workawayers and hosts involved in different projects all over the world. And we hope that this month’s photos can inspire your wanderlust to embark on some new adventures!

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This Workawayer Beautifully Photographed her Travels in Scotland

Can you believe it’s been over a year since we first started interviewing Workawayers from around the globe. What a beautiful experience to be a part of! And without further a do let’s jump into this months, and Celeste a photographer who has just returned from Scotland!

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8 Awesome types of accommodation that you could be staying in on your next Workaway

While living and travelling around the world we’ve been fortunate enough to see some amazing places, amazing people and amazing food. But when it comes to accommodation we are shocked daily by the sheer amount of damn right awesome places there are to stay in the world. And some of them are even right here on Workaway ready and waiting for people like YOU to stay in. Here are 8 that have caught our eye recently..

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Travel photography – “Calm before the storm” (Cuba)

Take a look at the latest wanderlust inducing travel photos taken by our workawayers and hosts; everything from the mesmerising Mongolian landscape to natural thermal pools and a magical Aurora in Iceland!

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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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Travel photography – “Traditional costumes for tough living conditions” (Cusco, Peru)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes- explore some of the best travel photos in our inspiring monthly competition gallery; from Bolivian salt flat to secret natural cave in Thailand… Share your best pictures for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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5 Workaway myths that stop you from travelling long term on a budget

The travellers’ circuit changes almost daily..through all your travelling stories and photos, we’re inspired to debunk some myths we’ve heard about Workaway to help you all understand exactly what we are all about.

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“Northern lights and candle lights are a pure magic” (Northwest Territories, Canada)

See the amazing travel photography taken by workawayers and hosts in July 2016, from incredible Northern lights to dips in lakes and fun with new found friends! Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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The travel blogger & global citizen who’s volunteered across 3 continents

What does it mean to be a global citizen? Originally from the depths of rural Dorset, England, Workawayer Katie is now out in the big world exploring one country at a time.

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Travel photography – “Gardening in the Alps” (Switzerland)

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in June 2016 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or photography!

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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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Travel photography – “Counting Stars” (Qeshm, Iran)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes – explore some of the best travel photography in January 2016, share your best travel snapshots for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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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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“Taking a Short Break from Volunteer Work to Give DeeDee a Bath” (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by workawayers and hosts. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Moving and beautiful Patagonia” (Torres de Paine, Chile)

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in September 2015 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

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Why Travel-Volunteering is Every Language Learner’s Dream

How does volunteering help language learning? We asked Cambridge University examiner, language school owner and Workaway host Jane from U.K. for her opinion.

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The workawayer who fell in love with the world

This month we talk to Workawayer Kat from Australia who has not only found friendship and enrichment through Workaway, but also love…

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Travel photography – “Canada Wildlife” (Waterton, Canada)

Check out this spectacular image of Canadian wildlife, and more stunning images of August 2015’s Workaway photo competition! Share your Workaway adventures with us and get a chance to be featured in our next post.

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Travel photography – “Kids dancing in the street” (Kariba, Zimbabwe)

The right moment and perfect framing – here are some of our favourite shots taken by workawayers and hosts during their travels. Explore the snapshots of July 2015’s Workaway travel photos competition and find out how you can win the €100 prize!

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Travel photography – “Niños” (Peru)

The winner of June 2015’s photo competition on workaway.info goes to the cutest photo of all time!! Share your best travel snapshots and get a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography – “Geothermal springs at the top of the Copland track New Zealand” (New Zealand)

Browse through the beautiful travel photos submitted by workawayers and hosts in May 2015! Our travel photo competition runs every month on workaway.info; get a chance to showcase your photography across our social profiles, and to win some travel funds!

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Travel photography – “Sandboarding in Peru” (Peru)

See our favourite Workaway snapshots taken by volunteers and hosts in April 2015; share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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Travel photography – “Concert for cows”

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in March 2015 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

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Travel photography – “Cows on the beach”

Superb shots taken by Workawayers and hosts! See some of the best images entered into the Workaway.info travel photos competition in February 2015.

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Travel photography – “Who or What Guards?” (Croatia)

This is what it’s like to enjoy every moment of your life, the “Workaway” way! Check out the best shots of our travel photo competition in January 2015 and get inspired to embark on some new adventures.

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Travel photography – “Swingers in Penang” (Malaysia)

Here are some of the varied and wonderful shots taken by workawayers and hosts during their travels! Take a look at our favourite Workaway travel photos of December 2014 and see how you can get a chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Happy horse exercising” (BC, Canada)

There’s so many ways to experience the world – start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts! Here are some of our picks for the November 2014 photo competition of workaway.info

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Travel photography – “Sitting on the edge of the world, Norwegian style” (Norway)

With courage and wanderlust, the whole world is yours to explore! Check out these wonderful images from October 2014’s travel photo competition for some inspiration to start your own Workaway journey.

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Travel photography – “Working hard” (Spain)

The great places you end up at on a Workaway exchange – have a sneak peak through the winners and commended images from September 2014’s travel photo competition! Showcase your photography across our social profiles, find out how to win the grand prize.

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Travel photography – “Workawayers in Sweden” (Sweden)

Happy volunteers and hosts for the win! Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by our community; explore some of the best images and entered into August 2014’s Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Future heavyweight champion”

Check out our favourite Workaway snapshots taken by volunteers and hosts in July 2014; get ready to start your own adventure and share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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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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Travel photography – “Alice Spring sunset from Anzac hill” (Australia)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes – explore some of the best travel photos in our monthly competition gallery, share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “A day off from my Workaway in Ecuador” (Ecuador)

The first Workaway travel photo competition winners! We all love a good snapshot that celebrates your favourite travel moments – check out our picks for March 2014 and find out how to share your adventures to win the grand prize.

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