Running low on cash?
fancy staying a little longer?
As backpackers, we need to save money wherever we can so we can continue our dream of travelling the world. One of the ways we have managed to travel without overspending is by exchanging work in hostels for free accommodation. Because this is a kind of work exchange, it is a great way to work in a hostel abroad without needing a visa or a long-term job contract.
WHAT KIND OF WORK IS EXPECTED IN EXCHANGE?
Every place is different, but the usual jobs include, sweeping up common areas, housekeeping and reception work. Other places might want you to work on a bar, glass collecting, advertising or general maintenance.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Most definitely, some of our best memories have come from WOOFING and we have met some of our closest friends in hostels. You meet new people from all over the world and indulge in each other’s stories and memories. Get drunk, eat some good food or just chill in the pool, you definitely have to experience it at some point while travelling.
Just don’t get conned into working 40 hour weeks without pay!
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Most hostels advertise around the property when there is an opening but if you do intend to stay in one place for a while, it is worth asking if they have a waiting list so if anything does pop up, you will be the 1st to know. There are numerous websites (depending on the country) that you can find WOOFING work.
CAN I GET PAID TO WORK IN A HOSTEL?
Of course, the only downside to this is that it ties you down to one place a little longer than you might like.
While living on the Gold Coast for 8 months I worked my way up from working for accommodation, to eventually managing the hostel. I got paid as well as getting a free bed and it did pay for my future travels around Asia so it is something to consider if you have no long term plans. The turn around in staff in places like hostels and resorts is very frequent so there are always job openings pop up, you just have to prove yourself and ASK!