Workaway.info — a platform where travellers can find projects that require help in exchange for housing and food, and project owners can find free assistance.
The site contains ads from individuals from different countries. Help can be needed in the house or on the farm.
You work up to six hours a day, and the conditions are prescribed in advance.
The advantages in the rapid learning of the language and the culture of the country. This type of accommodation is cheaper because only the flight and visa are paid.
Farmers can ask to take care of the garden, animals or help in harvesting. Families with children need help with language teaching and childcare. Owners of hostels and campsites are looking for additional workers. And category of non-profit organizations, social and cultural projects, mostly such offers located in Asia and Africa.
Necessary to fill in the resume in the profile and specify the professional skills. Also, better to upload a photo. Weekly webinars are held for new participants. There is registration for a couple or several people. The opportunity for PayPal payment, the registration fee is $29. Also, the list of favourite hosts. There is a mobile version of the site. Hosts will leave feedback in your profile. You can contact other members to know about their experience living in the house. You can also get acquainted with like-minded people in the journey by using the definition of geolocation.
Housecarers.com is one of the oldest websites for house sitting. Many offers from different countries: Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Oceania.
Registration on the site is free but without the opportunity to see contacts of the homeowner. The premium account costs $50 and allows to upload photos, recommendations and complete the profile. Important to write more information to make house owner sure in your reliability. The site has many useful tips about travel arrangements, security and just about how to become a house-sitter.
Trustedhousesitters.com is one of the biggest sites for house sitting. More than 1500 offers from 130 countries every month. Many offers to take care of pets. A lot of luxury-offers, such as to look after the animals in a Villa in France or a cottage by the sea in California.
A monthly subscription costs $9.49 and gives an opportunity to track the popularity and relevance of each advertisement — visitors see how many house sitters already applied. Support service works twenty-four seven. Important to complete the profile and upload the photo. The experience is not strictly necessary for being accepted.
The owners are looking for someone who will lovingly take care of the house and pets as if they were their own. Therefore, if you have your own pets, this is the perfect place for accommodation abroad.
To the profile attached recommendations from your friends and employers. You will pass a criminal record check.
Helpx.net — the website where can be found accommodation with breakfast or full board in exchange for three to five hours of daily work. The website was created for volunteers. Offers from owners of private houses, farmers, hostels and sailing boats. First of all, it is a cultural exchange for workers and vacationers who would like to communicate with local residents and gain practical experience while travelling abroad. You can be provided with other benefits: free Internet access, horseback riding, bikes, local sightseeing tours, yoga or English lessons.
The term of staying can last a month with the opportunity of extension. Also, on the website works function of searching the house on the map. Registration is free, but to have access to host data you need to pay a two-year subscription for $26. The website advises to post as much information as possible, ask questions to the hosts to set expectations and conditions. Next skills are welcome: gardening, agriculture, permaculture, fruit picking, trading skills, construction, carpentry, landscaping, animal care.
Also on the website, you can search for fellow travellers.
wwoofinternational.org — WWOOF organization unites together people who want to live and learn on organic farms and small farms with people who want to share their lifestyle, teach new skills and welcome volunteer help.
You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks such as sowing seeds, composting, gardening, planting and chopping forests, harvesting, feeding animals, making clay bricks, making wine, cheese, and baking bread.
The requirement for volunteers is to help with housework up to six hours a day. Meals and accommodation are provided in exchange. With such settlement, you will live directly in the family and away from the city. The cost of registration depends on the country, one country costs about $30 a year.
The first thing is to decide where to go. There is a separate website for each country. Before the trip clarify information about the visa.
The organization periodically checks each house owner, but many volunteers add reviews due to which you can evaluate the quality of work.
The stay period on the farm is negotiated directly between you and the owner.