Island living: Exploring Bahamas on a workaway sailboat

Here at Workaway we now have an amazing 50,000+ opportunities and volunteer exchange projects available in many different parts of the world. From agricultural help, scuba diving, yoga retreats and most things in between, we are so proud to be associated with so many amazing hosts. So, we’ve introduced a new feature to help recognise what a difference cultural exchange can make to travellers and to hosts. Going by the name of ‘Workaway Host of the Month’ we will reveal more of what it is like to be a host and let you into their routines and how their projects have changed since opening their doors to you guy.

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. We find out more here;

Hey David, we have to admit, we are very envious of your life and boat! How did you end up in the Bahamas? What is your story?
David:
Hey guys, thanks so much! Well, I grew up in Miami and started sailing to the Bahamas with a sailing club called “Florida Sailing Club”. This club introduced me to sailing around Miami, the Florida keys, and also trips to the Bahamas, which is where my passion began. The first time I went to the Bahamas was for one week, the next summer 2 weeks, and every year my time in the Bahamas grew until I spent 8 weeks there… you can see a pattern forming.
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We don’t blame you David, Bahamas seems hard to leave. How did you find out about Workaway and how many volunteers have you hosted so far?
David:
I was told about workaway from a friend and I guess I have hosted about 15 volunteers so far. It’s been great fun!
What does an average day look like for your volunteers on the boat?
David:
We start off with breakfast, and then do some maintenance work, have lunch, and
head off to either explore some beaches, swim, paddleboard, snorkel, visit the local Islands and shops. It’s a simple life over here, and I don’t ask for too much work, just what is fair, and the rest of the time we just enjoy the Bahamas lifestyle.
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Wow, this sounds like our perfect day! What is the underwater world like in Bahamas?
David:
It is amazing, you can dive off the boat at anchor and swim with all kinds of sealife, beautiful fish and corals, turtles, and we even have had wild dolphins come right up to the boat and allow us to swim with them. It’s heaven on earth.

Bucket list items right there! Do you and your kids live on the boat full time?
David:
I spend most of the summer with the kids on the boat, then they are gone for the school year so I spend that time with the Workawayers and getting stuff done. But, I’d say I spend half the time on the boat and the other half with the kids.
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We’ve all got to have that work/life balance. Or should we say kids/no kids balance! How has your day to day live/project changed since hosting volunteers?
David:
I have had volunteers help with all kinds of jobs on the boat; from painting,
varnishing, to all sorts of cleaning and basic boat maintenance, which has helped me out massively. Some have learned to catch and filet fish which we enjoy for dinners. In general the boat has been better maintained and is now full of memories and stories! 🙂
And so what are the locals like in the Bahamas?
David:
They are GREAT! Always very friendly and never without a smile or a laugh. They are really happy people, and why not?! They are living in paradise; wouldn’t you be happy here? All the Workawayers always mention how friendly the locals are and many of them created lifelong friendships!
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We are so sold on Bahamas right now! What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about coming to volunteer with you on the boat?
David:
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, be surrounded by amazing tropical beauty. Yup, seriously that’s it, no more advice. Come as you are.

Do you want to be our next WA Host of the month? We are always on the lookout for hosts who have a great story to tell! Email us and you could be in our next feature!

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