Workaway is a platform, much like Couchsurfing, that promotes hospitality exchange opportunities. While a free bed and room to sleep in is provided, the travelers will need to take care of certain tasks, from cleaning to gardening in order to give something back for the privilege. Terms are discussed beforehand, of course, and host profiles on the website will detail the kind of job you’ll be doing while staying there and the time allotted for said job each day is.
How Is Workaway Different?
Well, for starters, you can generally set up longer stays at your chosen hosts. Given the fact that you’ll actually be performing tasks for them, the hosts are usually very open about having you there for longer periods of time. Work in a hostel, at a farm or take care of a home’s garden – you can literally find everything you might be good at on Workaway.
Currently, the site has over 7,800 host listings in a large number of countries on all continents. You can browse through the available opportunities and find somewhere you know you’ll fit in. Get in touch with the host to establish additional details. Workaway is a great place for individuals looking to travel on a budget, learn something new and experience varied cultural lifestyles.
Establishing Trust within Workaway’s Community
Much like other hospitality exchange platforms out there, this website offers both the host and the traveler the opportunity to leave a review. In that review, they’ll explain how their experience staying there was or, alternatively, how was having a certain person stay there. Ratings include a grade (1 through 4) and Workaway also rates the hosts based on their activity (answering emails, feedback, etc.).
If you don’t know where to go next summer and are held tight by a budget, then be sure to consider Workaway. It’s a growing community of people happy and eager to share knowledge, hospitality and, ultimately, a great time with each other.