Workaway connects volunteers with hosts around the world to help with projects.

Aimed at everyone from gap year students right through to experienced professionals, Workaway makes it possible to do something rewarding with your spare time – be that a short respite from work for annual leave, or a longer career break.

Stay with a host for free, experience their way of living and culture, meet locals and put your time to valuable use by volunteering on their project.

There’s a huge range of work available; examples include helping young Vietnamese adults improve their English language skills, working on a farm in northern Italy, renovating derelict buildings across Europe, contributing to animal welfare in central America and tonnes more.

All hosts are listed on the site and can be broken down by search category, including country, who they are (such as an individual, family or NGO) and type of help needed.

Volunteers can set up a profile to indicate what kind of opportunities they’re looking for, skills they can offer and countries they’re interested in visiting – meaning hosts can make direct contact about their project.

Work can vary in length from just a week to several months – in some cases length is determined by how long the volunteer can offer, in others there is a minimum period specified by the host.

To apply for a position or to contact a host, volunteers need to register to the Workaway community and pay a small membership fee each year, though they’ll never need to pay their host.

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