Hosts on Workaway should be interested in cultural exchange and sharing experiences. They should be able to provide a welcoming friendly environment for visitors as well as offering accommodation and food.
Hosts running a business are required to pay at least the minimum wage of the host's country. It may be possible to deduct a proportion for the food and accommodation on offer depending on the labour laws in your country.
In exchange they can expect to receive new friends from all over the world who are interested in helping out and learning about new ways of life. The help offered is generally for around 5 hours per day, 5 days a week. This can be anything which is within reach of a willing visitor.
Some typical examples of fun and worthwhile exchanges have been creating eco gardens, boat sitting, house sitting, baby sitting, doing the school run, helping to construct natural earth houses, sharing in family cooking, giving a hand with general maintenance, teaching and practising languages but of course the list can be endless.
Remember travellers come to have a different experience to what they are used to in their own country. Many are students on a year out, but some are professionals on a career break, there are families, retirees and others come simply to practice a language. This means that they should be made to feel part of the family, community or team. Hosts should interact with visitors as much as they can.
Once approved as a host on Workaway.info, members are able to message you through the website. Remember we only provide interested parties with a way to contact you (your email is not given out or visible on the site) and we only show the general area in which you live. The choice to offer and accept the volunteer for an exchange is entirely up to you. After the first contact has been made, you can then provide more specific details should you wish to.
You are also able to view details of Workawayers who have messaged you in their profile, including photos and any other information they have provided upon signing up.