Travel Low Cost & Volunteer: Help Exchange (HelpX) Platform

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Young people who are looking for opportunities to travel the world with low budget and volunteer at the same time are welcome to join HelpX network. It is an online listing of host organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts.

Main criteria

  • Volunteer helpers are required to register for one of two levels of membership, Free or Premier. Premier membership costs 20 Euros for 2 years and allows the helper to contact all hosts and read all host reviews;
  • It is advised that helpers include in their profile any skills or experience they may have, such as gardening, farming, agriculture, permaculture, fruit-picking; trade skills such as building, carpentry, landscaping, sail boat crewing; working with animals or an ability to care for and ride horses;
  • Helpers can also look for travel companions.

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