Category Volunteering

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
Horse riding work exchanges

Work With Horses Through These Seven Voluntary Help Exchanges

There are plenty of places around the world for horse riders to get a quick equine fix but only by volunteering can travellers hope to spend any length of time directly with horses. Most work exchange hosts will prefer volunteers to stay at least a month, but longer stays are often required.Read More
Volunteer work in Thailand

Photo Feature: Big Cat Volunteering in Thailand

When most people think of Thailand and big cats they think of the ethically dubious Tiger Temple but not far away from there is a place where backpackers can get up close and personal with a tiger but do something far more worthwhile for the creatures than exploiting them for a cool social media profile photo.Read More
HelpStay Work Exchangesoject

17 Great HelpStay Projects to Travel on the Cheap This Summer

HelpStay connects independent travellers with farms, house holders, art retreat centres, ecovillages, backpacker hostels, surf lodges, vineyards, ranches, schools, monasteries and kibbutzim who are looking for a few hours of help in return for a place to stay. Food is usually provided too, while others perks can include horse riding, free use of bikes or surf boards, and the chance to learn new skills. Read More
Free tickets to music festivals

Volunteering for Europe’s Lesser Known Music Festivals

From a rave in an abandoned Polish coalmine to bonfires and bunting in the Bulgarian mountains, The Guardian newspaper recently put together a ten strong list of the best music festivals you may never have heard of. As always when we hear the words music festival we thought of free tickets and how to get some by volunteering.Read More
Festival Job Competion

Win a Summer Job With Generator Hostels

Generator’s Summer of Festivals is back for a second year. They are offering the chance to win a job as their Summer of Festivals Reporter and spend the summer travelling around Europe covering music festivals and documenting them on Generator’s blog and social channels.Read More

13 Tips from Redditors on Finding a Job and Working in a Hostel

Reddit is a great source for getting answers, There is even a dedicated AMA – Ask Me Anything – subreddit for learning more about other people’s lives. Just today, experts, or those with just far too much time on their hands, are providing insights into topics as diverse as working at Walmart, serving in the US 101st Airborne Division, delivering pizza, getting stabbed repeatedly, accidently sleeping with a ladyboy and being constipated. Read More
House and Pet Sitting Blogs

7 Blogs and Websites by House and Pet Sitters

Want to house sit but don’t know where to start, what it is like and how to get one? That’s not a problem. Perhaps stemming perhaps from having little to do but give Tiddles his dinner combined with comfortable surrounds conducive to writing, house sitters are among the more vocal group of working travellers.Read More
Travel photos and a few words

TravelPhotoFacts: Help Build a New 13th Century Castle in France

Billing itself as the world’s most unusual building site, Chateau Guédelon is an archaeological experiment. Using 13th century building methods a team of quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters, and their horses, are building a castle out of wood and stone using techniques resurrected from illustrations and other sources.Read More