Working for your keep is a great way to stay on the road and an increasing number of platforms exist to bring together hosts and helpers for, at most, a small fee. Here we list the best projects we have found available in the next few months.
Whether you're travelling through South Africa, applying to veterinary school, or simply a life long animal lover looking to fill up your weekends, Cheetah Outreach volunteers play a large part in making this conservation project a success. You main goal will to communicate the Cheetah Outreach conservation message to visitors on daily guided tours to the facility, including assisting with cheetah and small animal encounters. No experience with animals or conservation work is necessary as full training is given, and volunteers are given the opportunity to become more involved with the animals as they progress through the programme.
25 year old Luis lives in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in a very big and very old property that has belonged to his family since colonial times. His proposal to volunteers is to combine working on the house with fun, good food, music and a few glasses of wine. He is particularly keen to receive volunteers who can teach him all kinds of things: permaculture, drawing, playing musical instruments, sculpting, building, working with wood, making bread, etc.
Volunteers are welcome to bring their own ideas to this project, but for the moment can best help teaching very basic English in the local school. Accommodation and food will be provided by a local family and you can even pick your own coffee. This is an isolated place, with no internet and electricity only in the evening, so their will be ample opportunities to learn to speak Indonesian Bahasa and discover the local religion and culture.
There’s two projects offered by Yogi, your potential host in Rajasthan, but we are naturally drawn to the one featuring the humped beasties that were declared an official State Animal in 2014. Help is needed managing a desert camp, making sure the mud huts and Swiss tents ready for customers. Other tasks include looking after goats and puppies, plus some gardening and cooking. Accommodation is in tents or under the stars.
Having secured the land, New Yorker Nina is building a small boutique hotel out of shipping containers. Basic accommodation by the beach is provided in return for helping with tasks including welding, painting, concrete work, furniture making and landscaping.
Dona Catharina is a 18m expedition yacht, that caters to adventures, film makers, research teams and holiday makers, taking them to often very isolated destinations in the Pacific. Most of the work involves maintenance on the vessel and knowledge of a trade - electrician, cabinet maker, diesel mechanic, painter or similar - is required. This is land based work but the owners frequently take the boat out while under maintenance and you would be welcome to join them.
Kuckucksmühle (Cuckoo Mill) is a historical water mill in the North East of Germany, that these hosts aim to restore and set up as a hackerspace and permaculture farm. Though computer work, such as creating social media content or open source programming, is available, volunteers shouldn’t be afraid to get their hands dirty with tasks such as cleaning, cutting trees, digging, building work, carpentry, furniture restoration, mowing, and making firewood.
This host, located in a Rio favela, is building a dynamic and innovative social impact tourism business and needs your high quality video and photo production and editing skills. In exchange for your work - which will be used to provide organisations and travellers with an insider look into their initiatives and life in the favela - they provide a place to stay in their staff house in Vidigal, 15 minutes walk from the hostel and five minutes to the beach.
Your role here will mainly be to provide administrative assistance to Ahmed, the CEO of a tour company that gives visitors an appreciation of nature and an insight into Bedouin life. The mornings will usually involve answering emails for around four hours a day, and possibly helping at the campsite at night. Volunteers enjoy accommodation in a house in Rum Village with one meal a day, usually a Bedouin style dinner. Volunteers staying longer than three months will receive payment of $200 per month.
Hüseyın lives on a busy little island near Izmir, where he builds and refurbishes boats. In need of a second set of hands he welcomes you to join his daily life and learn some carpentry skills.
A dorm bed beside a Pacific Ocean beach awaits volunteers with an intermediate level of both Spanish and English willing to help out on reception. Painting and cleaning work is offered to the less linguistically able and other positions that often become available include marketing, social media integration or babysitting.
Located in the countryside, away from the hustles and bustles of big cities but only a short drive to scenic mountains and surfing spots, this school needs help with developing and maintaining their website. Volunteer stay a ten minute walk away and are provided with breakfast and lunch.
Pawapi is a resort in the Southern Thailand island of Koh Mook with mainly Scandinavian, German, Italian and Anglosphere guests. Native English speaking volunteers able to assist with roles including reception, waiting, gardening and handyman tasks are wanted to stay 90 days from early December to the end of February. In return they offer accommodation, three meals a day, plus a small allowance.
This French and Irish couple living in Spain with 16 cats and two dogs are hoping to turn some land they own into a small rescue and animal welfare education centre. Currently this is a building project with help needed to transform a couple of buildings into rentable accommodation to finance animal rescues. In return for 20 hours work per week, they offer basic private accommodation and meals from their café. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcome for a minimum of one week.
Bird watchers will enjoy the 50 different types of birds that live in and visit the garden of this house next to the Nairobi National Park, while other visitors have included a hippo and nearby hyenas. Tasks include cooking, cleaning, laundry, and management of the home library.