From training horses on the prairies of Canada to cooking while looking out at Mount Kilimanjaro, here are eight workaway opportunities available now. In exchange for helping out, one can enjoy free accommodation and meals. Whether you’re a budget traveler or wanting a cultural exchange, workaways are an enjoyable way to become more immersed in a new country.
This hostel is in an enviable position in downtown Budapest, near several attractions such as the curative thermal baths. For three hours a day, six days a week, you help out with reception and cleaning. In return you receive a free bed, laundry privileges, and WiFi. All they ask is for a three-week minimum commitment. Working at a hostel always ensures a lively social scene and making new friends!
No experience with horses is necessary! Only a desire to learn. On this farmstay in Saskatchewan, volunteers will help with basic training with horses, along with other farm duties such as feeding the animals. A shared bunkhouse would be provided along with free riding lessons. They are looking for help from October until March. When not working, they provide a car and boat for exploring the Meadow Lake area.
An archeologist who is studying traditional Japanese culture needs help in a variety of ways, including translators, web assistant, videographer, shop assistant, au pair, and personal assistant. While the translator position is very short-term, the other positions range from three months to a year. The exchange is two hours of work daily for free accommodation in a Japanese-style house in the Yanaka area of Tokyo. Since the work is typically done in the mornings, you have the rest of the day to yourself!
The Safari Camp is set up in a picturesque location featuring 180° views from Kilimanjaro to the caldera lake. Although it is in a remote area, it is only one hour into the main town of Moshi. The volunteer position involves working as a chef at the Safari Camp. Compensation would include accommodations in a luxury tent with an ensuite bathroom, meals, and all fees regarding obtaining a visa.
Spread out on 33 acres of land, a family is looking for help setting up their vineyard, veggie garden, and fruit orchard. The volunteer would assist in a variety of activities on the farm, garden, and home. In additional to signing second year visas, they provide you with your own separated living space. In the downstairs area, it includes a kitchenette, bathroom, WiFi, television, and an assortment of books.
If you and your significant other are looking for a new adventure, why not try your hand at being a caretaker for a castle in France? Yes, the very one pictured above. The work schedule is five hours, five days a week, with most of work done in the morning in order to enjoy your evenings and weekends. There would be varying rotating jobs such as animal care, tending to the lawn, general housecleaning, and on occasion, babysitting an adorable girl. They are looking for a long-term one-year commitment, but are flexible. In return, they provide a fully furnished apartment with all utilities paid, a €200 a month food allowance, Internet, and possibly a car for transportation.
Previous workawayers said it was hard to leave this place. A British-Bolivian family is looking for assistance with local projects in a rural village nearby La Paz, Bolivia. Tasks would include building and landscaping projects. Hours would be 4.5 hours a day in the morning Monday through Friday. During free time, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trekking are some of the exciting activities one can do. Or you could kick back in the new, modern home they provide and enjoy some movies or television by the fireplace. They ask for a time commitment between one and three months.
“Get taken into the dessert for safaris and sunsets,” is how one previous workawayer put it. Enjoying a camel safari is one of the perks for working with this workaway, but not the main task. This camel safari tour company is looking for someone to help communicate to English-speaking tourists through email. Helping in the nearby villages is another possibly. A private room with an ensuite bathroom is provided in town, along with meals.