There are several factors that can influence the number of applications you receive. Here are some reasons why your positions are not getting the attention they deserve and how to fix it!
1) The shorter the length of stay, the more applications you will receive
Most of our travelers have between 2 and 4 weeks to travel, so keep in mind that fewer people will apply if you request them to stay longer than 4 weeks!
2) Do not set any requirement that is not 100% necessary
The more requirements you add, the fewer people that will see your position. So when you're creating or editing it, keep an eye on the reach bar. The higher the percentage, the more travelers able to see and apply to your position.
3) View how travelers see your profile
Are the pictures nice? Can travelers actually see what the place looks like? And the description you wrote? Does it sound interesting and reliable to you?
Travelers usually want to know everything before they apply. So choose photos that show how your place really is, including where they will sleep. If possible, add pictures that show how the experience is and how the skills asked will be apllied. Also, be honest when describing your place and the position.
Go to “Profile” → “Manage profile” → “View as traveler”. You’ll then be redirected to your profile page, where your positions will be shown. Click on the links to your position(s) and done! That is how travelers see your profile!
4) Make sure your calendar has available dates for travelers to apply
Make sure your calendar is available to receive applications. An up-to-date calendar saves you time because you will only receive applications for when you actually need volunteers!
5) A good position offers at least one meal and free laundry
Remember to offer some benefits to travelers! The more benefits ypur position have, the more interesting it will be, therefore, you'll receive more aplications. :)
6) Some cities and countries are more popular among our travelers than others.
If you're in a touristic area, you'll probably receive more applications. Besides that, most of our travelers are from Latin America and Europe and they tend to apply more to places that are in the same continent.
If you're not in a tourist area and want to receive more applications, you can invite travelers to your project and, if you urgently need volunteers, you can activate the 'Last Minute' button. This way, volunteers who are available to travel at that moment will be able to find your position more easily.
We are committed to attracting more and more travelers to our platform and promoting lesser-known tourist destinations in order to connect volunteers with opportunities anywhere they're needed.