WWOOF refers to Willing Workers on Organic Farms, and offers an international network through which travellers can meet and work with farmers for about four to six hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation. With farms across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, WWOOF provides a unique opportunity for those wanting to travel across the world despite limited means. Unfortunately, WWOOF does not pay for travel expenses.
Websites such as Workaway and Volunteers Base provide travellers with a range of volunteer opportunities in foreign countries. Similar to WWOOF, travelers volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation. Such an opportunity enables travellers to integrate into a foreign culture and to give back. However, these websites only act as a liaison between the traveller and the host, so be wary: research a variety of hosts and read their reviews.
3. Teach English Abroad
Many English speakers have the option to work and live abroad by teaching English to non-native speakers. Oftentimes, the training to teach such courses is simple and the opportunity can be immensely rewarding.
Couchsurfing options are available to travellers through hospitality sites, such as Stay4Free, which create a safe community for travellers to meet and live with hosts in various countries. These hosts may give you a bed, a couch, or just a roof to stay under, but all at no cost! Oftentimes they’ll even act as a guide, sharing favorite activities and places in their city, giving the tourist an authentic experience.
5. Work as an Au-Pair
Au Pairing means that a visitor provides childcare and often times cleaning services to a host family, in exchange for food, accommodation, and a small stipend. Au Pairing facilitates cultural exchange between the family and traveller, and often an au pairing job can last for several months to a year. Sites such as Au Pair World can help you to connect with a host in your desired country.
6. Work at US Summer Camps
Summer camps across the United States hire foreigners to work as counselors for the summer. These camps, which are often located near national parks and scenic landscapes allow international travelers to experience a main-stay of American culture, while making friends from across the world, earning a salary, and living in a beautiful setting.
Maintain your host’s home while they are away on holiday, and in return you get to stay at their home for free! Generally housesitting options are only available to those who are staying in their destination for a week or more. When arranging your stay be sure that you sign the corresponding legal documents, so that you are protected if anything were to go wrong. Below are some house-sitting sites that can help to set you up with a place to stay.
8. Accumulate Miles
As students of St Andrews, many of us must travel great distances to return home for breaks. This means plenty of air miles that can be used for discounts and free flights on future trips!