Category Volunteering

HelpStay Work Exchanges

You Owe it to Yourself to ‘Find Your Calling’

Shay Gleesom found his purpose after spending six months travelling, working on farms, helping in back packer hostels and volunteering teaching, exchanging a few hours’ help for accommodation and board. Those experiences gained and people encountered guided him to his future path and into something that he genuinely wanted to do with his life.Read More
Hostel Volunteer Work in Albania

Expecting the Unexpected as a Hostel Volunteer

Volunteering in exchange for a bed and food has become a common means for young people to travel the world on a budget, the two dominant trends being in agriculture (WWOOFing) and hostel work (Helpx and Workaway), which are constantly in need of cheap young labor. My experience revolves around the latter sector.Read More
Save Money Travelling

14 Great HelpStays Around the World to Save Money While Travelling

HelpStay connects small projects looking for a hand with independent travellers looking to save money on accommodation. For travellers there is also the opportunity to add purpose to their wanderings, get a local insight into the area, and learn new skills as well as passing on their own. We've selected 14 of our favourite current projects around the globe, offering a mix of helping in schools, hostels, eco projects, animal rescue centres and NGOs.Read More
Bad Working Abroad Experiences

3onFriday: 3 Bad Working Abroad Experiences

Travel blogs and websites tend to make travelling out as an always great experience, emphasising the wonders of the world and neglecting the negative. We are no less guilty in our working abroad niche so here are some horror stories for Friday the 13th. Read More
Internships in Parliament

3onFriday: 3 Parliamentary Internships in the UK and Abroad

In celebration of Guy Fawkes - said to be the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions - who 410 years ago yesterday was caught guarding an unnecessarily large amount of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords, we present three internship opportunities in London, Paris and wherever the European Parliament is at. Read More
House and Pet Sitting

3onFriday: 3 More Blogs and Websites by House Sitters

This house sitting malarkey seems to be catching on. Following on from the seven house sitters we featured back in May, we have found another three bloggers who like to extol the virtues of house sitting. Read More
Skiing Work Exchanges

3onFriday: 3 Work Exchange Volunteer Projects for Skiers

Prices can rise as high as a ski lift once the tourist hordes ascend onto small mountain villages for the winter, but if you are prepared to roll up your sleeves you can ski or snowboard for a lot cheaper by hooking up with these three work exchange hosts in Japan, Chile and Italy.Read More
Volunteer Crew on Tall Ships

3onFriday: Volunteer Crew on Tall Ships

Running away to sea has long been a thing but unionisation and modernity are just two reasons why adventures under sail are scarcer than they once would have been. Classic Sailing has some advice on how to work in tall ships and for those with the appropriate skills might have some paid job vacancies too.Read More
Paid Gap Year Jobs

3onFriday: 3 Jobs in the Field With Gap Year Organisations

Armed with university deferments around 7% of UCAS applicants will taking a gap year, with many choosing to let a gap year organisation handle the fine details. Those of us with exams consigned to our past can have our own overseas adventure by joining a gap year organisation as a paid, or expenses paid, staff member. Read More
Work exchanges for surfers

3onFriday: 3 Help Exchange Volunteer Projects for Surfers

Surfers are generally a relaxed, friendly bunch, so when they put down roots and find themselves in a position to open a hostel they tend to welcome kindred spirits to help them out around the place. While the itinerant surfer helpers they once were get a free bed, usually food, and perhaps use of a board too, the hostel owners benefit from having someone keeping an eye on things while they hit the waves themselves.Read More