The Best Workaway Experiences For Young Travellers (Work Abroad Programs)

by Liberty Stembridge, Lifestyle Columnist

Published in Lifestyle and Money on 11th July, 2019

What Is Workaway?

If you're not already clued up on the budget travellers best friend, let me introduce you.

a href="" target="_blank">Workaway is a platform where willing hosts can advertise volunteering opportunities for travellers both young and old. In exchange for a couple of hours of work a day (usually no more than 5) travellers will receive free room and board for the duration of their stay.

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Hosts from all over the world have signed up, meaning that you can pretty much travel anywhere, even in the most remote locations, and do it on a budget. It's also a great way to get to know the culture of a place better and stay somewhere for longer.

You'll find all sorts of hosts on workaway, from organic farms to party hostels to sailing vessels, there's something for everyone if you're willing to look. Here are just a few unique experiences available.

Help Out On A Safari In Uganda

So many young travellers pay thousands of dollars to travel to various different countries in Africa to help out on safari's or in small towns and villages - but here you can do all that for free, with room and board included. Help with building projects, spot zebras and look after guests on the safari. You can check it out here

Clean Up The Coasts Of Norway On A Yacht

Passionate about the environment and the oceans? With this hands-on and innovative workaway scheme, you can make a practical and lasting difference to the coasts of Norway.

In The Same Boat is a non-profit organisation that sails up and down the coast of Norway picking up literally hundreds of tonnes of trash and plastic debris from the beaches and redistributing them to proper waste facilities.

They also organise educational sessions to teach locals about the ocean and the plastic problem we're facing. You'll live with other volunteers onboard a sailing yacht, sailing from beach to beach and get to see some of the most magical and remote parts of Norway. You can check them out here

Live Your Best Life At A Party Hostel in Koh Phangan

If you're the social type and enjoy being the life of the party, then this is the opportunity for you. Get free accommodation and a discount on food and drinks for helping out with the running of the hostel and perhaps even their magazine if you're interested.

koh phangan party

Weekly parties with fun-loving people from all over the world, plenty of alcohol and a beach less than 100m away! Check it out here

Help Out At A Monastery In Thailand

Delve deep into Thai culture and way of life by volunteering at a monastery and permaculture project in rural northeastern Thailand. Practice yoga and meditation, grow food from scratch and learn to live in harmony with those around you.

Although based on the principles of Buddhism and attached to a Buddhist monastery, you don't have to be Buddhist to volunteer here, and can get a real insight to the monks way of life. Check it out here

Help On An Organic Chocolate Farm In Panama

Love chocolate? With this workaway experience you can live and work on a well-established organic chocolate farm in Panama, helping with the day-to-day running of the farm, leading tours and helping with their teaching english program to local indiginous children.

If you're a qualified yoga instructor you can even gain some extra experience and cash teaching yoga to the guests.

organic chocolate panama

The farm is located on the Bocas del Toro archipelago, a stunning peninsula in panama and only accessible by boat! Explore the forests, go kayaking and soak up the nature in a rainforest wonderland.

Help With Huskies In Norway

Anyone who loves dogs will love this workaway opportunity. Live in the north of Norway and brush up on your skiing, sledding, and arctic hiking.

Primarily you'll be helping around the property to build and maintain the house and garden, and in your spare time you can explore the local landscapes and learn all about huskies!

Stay On A Secluded Tropical Island Eco-Resort In Vava'u Tonga

Those of us who appreciate the slower pace and charm of tropical island life should jump at the opportunity to stay at this gorgeous eco-resort off the coast of Vava'u in Tonga. If you have skills in carpentry or construction, you can apply to stay in this private island paradise. Check it out here

Check out the best working holiday jobs for young travellers in Australia here

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