One of the best parts of solo traveling is having the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want (obviously keeping safety in mind…). Traveling on a budget can be difficult, and sticking to that budget can be even harder
(see: my daily wine lunches I had in Delhi for a week).
Luckily, there are tons of ways you can travel for longer and cheaper, and one of those ways is using WorkAway or HelpX. There is an annual membership fee, but you’re allowed to browse the options without signing up, and may even manage to find the contact of the place without having to sign up *cough cough*.
Some artwork around the surf town in Morocco I did a Workaway in for a few weeks
My Experience Working Abroad
It’s not technically working since I wasn’t being paid, it’s more of a volunteer service in exchange for accommodation, food, and sometimes alcohol. I’ve used the services of WorkAway and HelpX a few times while traveling. I’ve worked in a hostel in Pai and Ko Phangan, Thailand, worked for a guesthouse in Otres, Cambodia, promoted for a jungle rave in Otres, Cambodia, worked at a guesthouse in the desert in Jaisalmer, India, and worked at Afer Surf Hostel in Imsouane, Morocco. By spending these weeks with practically a $0/day budget, I managed to save tons of money (that I later probably spent on wine).
Technically, you could travel the world forever doing WorkAway and spend no money, besides having to pay for flights and transport between jobs on your own. There are so many cool jobs out there that would teach you real life, technical skills that you wouldn’t learn anywhere else.
This family run hostel in Bosnia is looking for solo travelers to help with gardening and maintenance, this biggest husky kennel in Estonia needs help with their 62 sled dogs, and this sweets and jams business in Zimbabwe needs help on their farm. These are just a few of the awesome opportunities to have an experience with WorkAway out there.
Since you’ll be mainly using public hostel or cafe WiFi while abroad, I’d suggest using a virtual private network (VPN) when using the free wifi to keep yourself protected. With websites like WorkAway, you’ll need to enter your credit card information to sign up for an account, and you’ll most likely be using public WiFi the entire time you’re abroad. The last thing you want is for your private information to get stolen by hackers while you’re far away from home. This website has a pretty good breakdown of what VPNs do, if you’re not familiar!
Read the Reviews
Check out the reviews of the WorkAway beforehand. If you’re traveling solo, it’s always a good idea and an extra safety measure to know what the experiences of other WorkAway-ers has been like.
Read the Description
Make sure you read every line of the description, they’ll tell you how much work they expect from you, how long they want you to stay, and what exactly the work entails. You can tell straight away if this is the job for you based on the job description. Is it a lot of physical work? Do you need to know how to make cocktails? Is it mainly cleaning bathrooms and making beds? Do you need to be a very sociable person? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before messaging the host!
Most of the time, the WorkAway wants you to stay for at least several weeks. You need to make sure you have the time to give in order to get the most out of your experience. Most WorkAways expect you to stay at least 2 weeks, and the longer the better.
You Can Always Leave
If you happen to get a WorkAway that you don’t like, remember, you can always leave! There’s no legal binding, and if you feel uncomfortable or don’t like the work you’re given, then leave and find another job!
Did you enjoy this post on my experience with WorkAway? I would love to read about your experience working abroad! Leave it in the comments below 🙂
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