A relaxing life beside the sea awaits for travellers prepared to work for it. From Iran to the West Indies here are seven places where volunteers can swap their skills for a room, beach hut or ocean view tent.
Help an Iranian-German couple with their restaurant and shop on an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. Accommodation is in a workers room or in a tent beside the ocean. Most of the work involves serving food, tea or shisha, but there is also some painting and construction work to do. Cooks are particularly welcomed.
A small seven roomed hotel on the Red Sea could use some help from young, energetic and positive volunteers with cleaning, room service and reception shifts.
A cute little cabin with its own garden, porch, kitchen and bathroom facilities, plus stunning views awaits an independent person or couple willing to help this host in the garden and completing many unfinished projects. Milking and handling her goat will also be part of the work.
A polyglot family welcomes guests to live with them near three beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest trekking trails in exchange for maintenance work, tutoring, or office and computer work.
Volunteers can help with customer services and sell tours at the beach in exchange for a private beach cabin, food and the chance to take the company’s trips and activities for free.
I love this part of Turkey where mountains, forest and the sea meet. These former residents of Istanbul feel the same way, buying a small guest house in a large lemon orchard for which they could use help in the help in the kitchen, with cleaning the rooms or gardening.
Rodrigo, a freelancer web designer, rents several rooms to people with low incomes and welcomes help with mostly physical tasks.