Volunteering, studying or working abroad could sound amazing (to some of us) but it’s great not just because it could be a lifetime experience but because you can travel and save money in the same time (some of these are even for free).
So don’t tell me you don’t know where to start… because
HERE are just some of the best websites.
DESCRIPTION: The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It provides information around eight main themes, covers 35 countries and is available in 28 languages.
DESCRIPTION: Abroadship is a centre of learning through mobility. Abroadship is a non-profit and non-government initiative, officially registered in London, UK.
PRO TIP: I’ve been on three projects organized by Abroadship. And I’ve been to amazing places because of them but it wasn’t just about travelling… is the experience I got the reason I recommend this. The people I met, the knowledge I gained is for Life. If you want to do something real awesome, from youth exchanges to internships in India, check this out now!
DESCRIPTION: Students, volunteers, interns, teachers are all welcome to this website where they can find all kind of projects abroad. Also, are thinking about a GAP YEAR? Searching on this website is a good start!
DESCRIPTION: Workaway is an international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organise homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or “Workawayers”, are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host.
PRO TIP: Search for free and if you find a place where you would like to go to work, you have to register and to pay the fee. (34 euro/year for one person and 44euro year for two)
+ READ MY STORIES ABOUT WORKAWAY, WHY AND HOW TO USE THIS PLATFORM.
DESCRIPTION: An au pair is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a monetary allowance for personal use. Who is an aupair? An au pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to a foreign country for a defined period of time to live with a host family.
PRO TIP: I have friends who tried aupair in different countries (UK, Spain, Germany) and they told me wonderful stories about their experiences!
DESCRIPTION: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a hospitality service operated by a loose network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms. WWOOF volunteers generally do not receive money in exchange for services. The host provides food, lodging, and opportunities to learn, in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities.
DESCRIPTION: Worldpackers is a community based on collaboration and honest relationships that make travel more accessible to those seeking a profound cultural experience. Through an online platform, we connect travellers – looking to exchange their skills for accommodation – with incredible hosts from all around the world.
PRO TIP: One of my Brazilian friends recommended me this website when we met in Lisbon in a hostel where she was working. I’ve never applied for any jobs from this site, but I think worth a try.
DESCRIPTION: Our mission is to give you the knowledge and confidence to choose the right program for your next adventure, whether you want to work in Australia, study in England, teach in Asia, volunteer in Peru, do a bike tour in Tuscany, or all of the above.
DESCRIPTION: “Help Exchange”, or “HelpX”, is an online platform. An online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
DESCRIPTION: Volunteers Base is a moneyless help exchange network, it’s free and always will be! Hosts in need of help list their Projects and Volunteers interested in joining can get in touch. Projects can be almost anything: farming, building, hostels, language teaching, house sitting, community work, arts and crafts, housekeeping, etc.
PRO TIP: If you know HelpX, Wwoof, WorkAway, or similar websites, you also know that volunteers pay membership fees to contact hosts. In Wwoof even hosts pay to be listed. Volunteers Base is a totally free alternative
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