Information for Hosts

Information for Hosts has been set up to promote and encourage exchange and learning.

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 offer accommodation and food.

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. However please remember is NOT set up to provide labour or replace paid workers. It is a cultural exchange where both parties can learn and benefit.

Benefits of being a Workaway host

  • It's free
  • Get on top of those jobs you've been meaning to do
  • Meet new people, make new friends and share adventures
  • Let the world come to you
  • Exchange skills. Learn and teach new skills
  • Learn and practice a new language
  • Get fresh ideas and perspectives on your project
  • Create new inspirations and dynamics
  • Become part of the global community
  • Revisit with your own city/ town!
  • Have more friends around the world and places to stay

Once approved as a host on, 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.

For more information please visit our FAQ

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