Firstly, you have to create a profile. In case you don’t have one yet, click here. Follow the steps and create a complete profile with:
- the languages you speak
- your skills
- skills you would like to learn
- personal details
- education, work and previous trips information
You can include your blog, portfolio or even your LinkedIn profile, if you have one.
It’s good to dedicate some time to the creation of a thorough profile. This way, hosts will get a good idea of who you are, increasing your chances of being accepted. If you want to travel abroad, we suggest you write your profile in English, so hosts in other countries can understand it.
Start looking for a host that matches your style!
You can use different filters, such as:
- Type of program
- a) Work exchange: helping hostels, inns, guesthouses, surfcamps, etc. Most hosts in this category are in the hospitality business. The most required tasks are reception, bartending and cleaning.
- b) Social Impact: helping NGOs around the world. The main activities are language teaching and sports.
- c) Eco Programs: helping and learning in farms, eco-villages and permaculture institutes all around the world. The main activities are planting, gardening and animal care.
You can also filter for specific skills and search for hosts that need exactly the kind of help with things you are a pro at!
- Length of Stay
- a) Short: stay less than one month with your host
- b) Medium: stay one month with your host
- c) Long: stay more than one month with your host
Choose a region around the world and use our map to find amazing hosts!
Golden tip: we have loads of incredible hosts in places away from the main tourist routes. Explore alternative routes and live more authentic experiences!
Did you find an interesting host? Be sure to check all the important information:
- a) What the host is asking for – skills and hours. Click on “Learn more” for a full description of the position. Some hosts already provide a full description of the activities, rules and shifts.
- b) What you get in exchange – type of accommodation, free days, meals and extra benefits.
- c) Minimum and maximum length of stay
Respect minimum and maximum length of stay. Don’t apply to a host that asks for a one-month minimum stay if you can only stay for a week.
- d) Photos – does the place match your vibe?
- e) Map – see where the host is located. You’ll receive the exact location as soon as you confirm the trip.
Does the host really match your vibe? Awesome! It’s time to apply!
If you are not a Verified Member yet, you'll be directed to the payment page. You'll pay USD 49 for an annual membership and you'll be able to apply to as many hosts as you want and confirm as many trips as you want! And of course, you'll also get support from our team. :)
After this step, you’ll be redirected to the application page.
Choose your travel dates. They can be approximate dates, if you aren’t sure when you’ll be able to travel yet. But notice! It’s important to let your host know that your dates are flexible. This way, if he can’t host you on the dates you selected, he can suggest other dates.
Make your application. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Why did you choose that host among all others?
- What’s the purpose of your trip?
- How can you help your host?
Check out this article for more tips.
And remember: an application made with passion is more likely to be accepted!
Golden tip: if the dates you can travel are not available on the host’s calendar, this means the host can’t receive more volunteers for that date or cannot plan many months ahead. In this case, look for another host. Travelers can apply up to six months in advance, but some hosts can only confirm if they need help some weeks before.
Golden Tip 2: check as soon as possible if you have enough money to make the trip. Hosts do not pay for your ticket; so check out flights, trains and buses to be sure you’ll really be able to travel. Don’t waste your host’s time if you already know you won’t be able to go!
Have you finished your application? Increase your chances and apply to more hosts!
Some hosts (mainly those in very touristic places such as England, Spain, California, etc.) receive loads of applications, but don’t have room for everyone! We have an article about this, click here to see our tips.
Now, it’s time to wait for an answer! Hosts have up to 4 days to answer your application. If they don’t answer, they probably aren’t looking for someone on the dates you suggested.
When a host replies, they can ask for more information about you or pre-approve you right away, which is a way of saying "I want your help!". Have in mind that the pre-approval expires; so confirm your trip as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may lose your place.
After confirmation, you’ll receive a voucher by email with the host’s address and contact details.
Time to travel!
Make sure you have all the necessary documents, ticket, health insurance (if traveling abroad) and enough money to support yourself during the trip.
The Worldpackers’ team will always be available if you have any problems along the way. And remember: if anything happens and you cannot travel anymore, cancel the trip as soon as possible.