Ways to learn and share while you travel…
There are many ways in which you can turn your vacation time into something more of an experience to remember and also to directly learn about a new place and culture. One way to do this is to volunteer with a family, group or organization and help with a project and lend your skills (and learn some new ones!) in exchange for accommodation and (usually) all meals are also included. I personally like to use three websites in particular to enrich my travel experiences which are www.workaway.info, www.woofing.org, and www.helpx.net. Let’s take a look at each website just a little bit closer to better understand them. You can click on each link below to be taken directly to the websites for further exploration!
www.workaway.info– If I had to choose one over the others, work away would be the one that I would recommend most because of it’s extremely user friendly platform. On this website you have the ability to create a very detailed profile page that can include many photos, an extensive bio and the range of the kinds of projects you can join is quite diverse. The types of projects (or subcategories) that you can join range from working on eco projects, teaching language, childcare, farming, working with tourists and many more. The site also includes hosts from all around the world and is relatively easy to search using the drop down menus on the host page. I personally have done many projects that I chose from this site and have enjoyed them all- this is also how I have managed to start speaking conversationally in 4 other languages with the locals. Also, you can search the website before you commit to join (which enables you to contact the hosts) to decide whether you would like to pony up the 22 euro for a two year subscription. That’s pretty cheap to help to the world if you ask me.
www.Helpx.net – Helpx is also a great site to use to find great projects to join in on. It is similar to work-away, but a little plain in my opinion and it’s user platform is also less friendly. For example, you can only post one profile picture, and your bio is also limited to fewer words. Also, the profile of hosts are limited and I find it harder to search through. With this said however, I have purchased the membership for this site as well as for the workaway site as I find that on occasion, I will be searching in a specific area for a project and the options are limited. This is when I utilize both sites to find the perfect project in the area I would like to be in. Another great way to help the world 🙂
www.woofing.org – This website is dedicated to permaculture and farm work. WWOOF organisations connect people who want to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return. WWOOF is also a network of national organizations. Make a difference! Get involved! Join WWOOF! Think global – act local! Love their tagline. Need I say it again? Do please help the world. It needs you. 🙂
These are only three recommendations, and I am aware that there are many more to choose from if you search around the web. There are many charity organizations that can be contacted for extra assistance and these can also enrich your travel experience! Happy learning and sharing! 🙂
If you know of other places to volunteer or have a great experience to share from this kind of exposure please do share it in the comments section below!