Jobs, work trade and volunteer – save money on the road!

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Like most travellers who are planning on being on the road for many months or years, we need to sustain our travel by working, volunteering and/or house-sitting along the way. We’re not sitting on a giant pile of cash that will allow us to travel extravagantly without thinking about where our next dollar is coming from.

Our little boy Jack also throws a spanner in the works. A very cute, very funny, absolutely adorable spanner, but nonetheless it means we both can’t be working at the same time. Or we have to rely on babysitters wherever we are which throws up a whole host of factors such as additional costs, and trusting our little boy with strangers in a strange land.

So here are a bunch of websites that we’ll use to look for work and volunteer opportunities that will help us save money on the road.

HelpX – HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farm stays, home stays, 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.

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) – As a volunteer you live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. In most countries the exchange is based on 4-6 hours help-fair exchange for a full day’s food and accommodation. You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread making. The length of your stay at the farm is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months.

PAYAway – PAYAway is a group of travel sites intent on encouraging people to travel for longer. Through their sites they provide suggestions for taking a gap year or career break, travelling around the world on a RTW ticket and information and job vacancies for finding temporary and seasonal work abroad. These sites include Overseas Job Centre, The Working Traveller, Jobs Abroad Bulletin, Taking a Gap Year and Taking a Career Break.

Overseas Jobs – has been working for well over a decade to provide employers easy access to a wide, targeted audience of job seekers. It’s a free, easy to use, simple forum where employers and job seekers can connect with one another.

Workaway – Workaway holds a database of families, individuals or organisations in an extensive range of different countries who have registered and are looking for volunteer help in a huge range of different fields. From painting to planting, building to babysitting and shopping to shearing, Workaway aims to introduce working travellers and language learners to like minded hosts, without having to pay expensive agency fees.

Anywork, Anywhere – This service is free , the site is updated daily, and there is no need to register. Simply Search For Jobs and apply directly to employers for job vacancies. Or, if you’re looking for voluntary work, their Voluntary Work Guide contains a wide variety of projects for volunteers in destinations worldwide.

Hostel Jobs – This site is pretty self-explanatory, here you can find hostel jobs and work abroad. If you have questions, ask them in the hostel jobs forum.

Go Abroad – Designed to provide a one-stop information centre for students wishing to travel internationally. The site was created to link prospective travellers with organisations providing international opportunities. Whether you want to study, volunteer, intern or teach abroad, you can find opportunities and information here.

What do you think of this list? Have we missed anyone? Let us know in the comments section below if there are websites you’ve used or found that can help to save money on the road that should be added to this list.

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