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.
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.
Most of the working abroad posts we feature on The Working Traveller are researched, ‘how to’ type pieces. Though I have plenty of travel tales to tell it is a rare day when I have not been able to duck out of sight when physical labour is mentioned.
Amsterdam has more museums per square metre than any other city in the world. Combine this with an acclaimed club culture and a large but walkable historic centre and there are plenty of reasons for tourists to visit the city. They have even managed to turn their red light district – an area that would be avoided in most other cities – into a tourist attraction.
Albania isn’t the first place people think about when considering where to volunteer. Well off Europe’s beaten track this mountainous country sees few visitors compared to its Greek and Italian neighbours but enjoys a similar climate, an openly curious people and some fascinating cities well worth exploring.
If you’ve gone to work in Australia hoping for a farm picking job but had no luck, you could try working in a backpackers for an extra dollar or ten, or even a bed for the night. If you’re backpacking in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns or Byron Bay take heed of these tips.