We are a global team of culture seekers and innovators , passionate about travel and finding the path to change. We believe that we should never stop learning and exploring. We believe in travel with meaning.
By developing Workaway we want to inspire others to travel the world and find their true potential. We have seen thousands and thousands of volunteers use Workaway to connect with people and projects in other countries and make a real difference both on a personal level and to the communities they visit.
This is our passion this is our goal and this is our team…
Originally from the UK, David first came across the concept of volunteering whilst travelling in Hawaii in the early 90s. Managing to extend a one week stay to a two month one by helping out friends on the North shore.
The idea of being able to get directly involved with local community whilst travelling, instead of being just another backpacker, stayed with him and with the onset of the internet he developed Workaway as a small site to enable travellers to make connections and find hosts to stay with.
Now based in Asia but constantly on the move he spends his time visiting new hosts and expanding ideas to keep the Workaway movement sustainable and moving forward. When not working he’ll be developing his travel photography skills as well as found somewhere on, in or under the water.
He is head of our development team.
Alex has been coding and creating websites since 1998, and immediately liked the Workaway idea, since he had done quite a bit of travelling himself back in the eighties and nineties.
"I would have loved to have subscribed to workaway.info when I was in my twenties and would travel whenever I got the chance to - but back then there was neither internet (that I knew of) nor Workaway .
Now I have five kids, and I think travelling and volunteering are some of the best things you can encourage your children to do to enable them to meet other cultures in a way they never could, being tourists in a foreign country. What I enjoy most regarding workaway is reading new feedback submitted by workawayers or hosts. It really makes me feel good to see that our site is influencing so many lives in a positive way."
If you have technical questions or problems with workaway, Alex will be glad to help you.
He is part of our UX testing team. He is also available to help and advise Workawayers and hosts using the site.
He has travelled quite extensively starting backpacking in Europe as a teenager, riding a trusty, rusty Royal Enfield motorbike the length of India, a bicycle the length of Europe, living and voyaging on a sailboat and flying around the US on a private jet with a major rock band!
"The information age has given us so much to make our lives easier, but for those who are on the move and looking to be involved in the places they visit, Workaway provides an opportunity that was just not possible when I started out travelling in the early 90s armed with a thick (usually out-of-date) guide book.
My partner and I have just had our first child, I'm a keen photographer and play in a reggae band."
She is part of our support team and deals with email enquiries, helps to keep our host list in order she´s also available to answer media enquiries.
She has backpacked around South America and spent a year working in Australia. She fell in love with the Spanish language and studied in Cuba, Argentina and Spain. She has also toured for several years with theatre companies as a stage manager around the UK and in the US.
"I discovered the workaway site in 2010 and it enabled me to get away and practice my languages, when I couldn’t have afforded to otherwise. I like the fact that Workaway isn’t just for gap year students - there are volunteers of very different ages and backgrounds and with unique skills to offer. I love hearing about the experiences that people have had through the site and the friendships that are created.
Although I’m a Londoner, i’ve ended up settling abroad and have just had a baby daughter with my partner, so I´m looking forward to us travelling together as a family."
She helps run Workaway mission control in Hong Kong, she's also our social media guru and helps with design.
Having backpacked travelled and volunteered extensively in many different parts of the world. She started Workawaying in 2012, and now has joined our team to help with hosts and development in Asia. She speaks English Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin as well as a smattering of other Asian and European languages. Based in Asia, when not travelling you'll find her in a dance studio or watching some film you've never heard of!
"I love how the countless opportunities and adventures found via the site can really inspire and open up the imagination to a real world of possibilities. It is my insane way of keeping my sanity! The best part of working at Workaway is being able to witness how it has helped so many people- both hosts and Workawayers, creating their own lives; reaching out to their dreams and inspiring the others to do the same."
Katie helps us run our database as well as liase with hosts projects across the globe. She comes from a background of working with volunteers through her experiences in community
development projects in the UK.
She has backpacked through Central America and spent long stints in both Guatemala and Mexico. Katie is always available to answer doubts and queries via our help desk and loves to inspire others to travel and become involved in local communities.
Sarah helps with the Workaway blog. She left her secure job and daily routine in the UK 5 years ago to pursue a life of volunteering and travel. Throughout her work as a freelance writer and scuba instructor, as well as volunteering through Workaway, she has remained on the road ever since. Currently based in Hong Kong, she is our most regular blogger on the Workaway blog often writing about the cultural differences she finds on the road and the benefits of volunteering and meaningful travel. In the last couple of years she has volunteered in or reported from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, U.S.A, Turkey, Micronesia, Bali, Singapore, Tibet, China, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
He keeps our host list in order as well as organise our databases. He helps us part time whilst studying but has already travelled in Central America, the States and recently set up a Workaway foundation project in Cambodia and visited Nepal on a Workaway trip.
He was brought up bilingual Spanish/ English and when not working or studying you’ll find him trying to disprove many of Newtons laws.
She forms part of our help desk. As a graphic designer in Brighton UK, she only ever lived the travel dream through designing gap year brochures and flip flops! Turning her back on the rat race she set off in 2008 with her partner for Mexico.
“We went away wanting to live among locals and experience new places for what they really are, not just as backpacker destinations”
After a year and a half living and volunteering through Central America teaching English to local children, the savings ran out - I wish I’d known about Workaway then!
A year’s contract teaching English in South Korea proved to be a stark contrast and eye opener.
Now settled with her husband and little daughter. “I love being able to help both Workawayers and hosts and love to witness all the lives being changed through such a simple, yet impactful idea of cultural exchange.”
She forms part of our support team. She found her wanderlust by backpacking around Australia and have since travelled to many different countries throughout Europe and Asia.
Shirley grew up in UK and is now based in Hong Kong. She speak English, Cantonese and has a basic understanding of Spanish.
When not working, she’s usually found hiking, playing tennis or trying to keep up with the latest food craze. “The Workaway philopsophy to me is simple yet inspiring. It’s great to know about the unique experiences that people are doing and relationships formed and being a part of something where people can gain so much, get more fun, freedom and fulfilment in their lives. “
He forms part of our support team. Originally from the UK, he is now embracing life in Hong Kong. When not working Ben will mostly be exploring nature or watching football games from around the world. Ben has previously travelled to several countries including a longer stay in the USA, he would have loved to travel more at the time and is looking forward to future adventures.
“If I had known about Workaway when I was travelling I would have been away for much longer. There are so many unique and exciting opportunities on Workaway which enable a truly meaningful cultural exchange. I am really pleased to be part of the workaway team and to help to support volunteers and hosts”
During the day he looks after operations and management side of workaway. This can involve jumping on calls with Ambassadors, visiting hosts, through to making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.
James loves traveling and meeting new people. During his spare time, he runs a social business with a family he met in Cambodia in 2010. James was one of the winners of "Google's Young Minds" Award For Business in 2012.
"For myself Workaway is more that just traveling, it is a way to go beyond the tourist trail and brings together amazing people who would otherwise never get the chance to meet. That's where exciting ideas happen and also when you both learn!"
Passionate travellers, workawayers and film producers, Gytis and Neringa help us put together our videos by visiting hosts and following workawayers on their travels. They were responsible for our video which you can see on the front of page of the site or here.