We are taking an important step towards a more secure, transparent ,and empowered community. Beginning on October15, only members who join the Worldpackers Annual Membership Plan will be able to apply, chat with, and confirm trips (unlimitedly) with community hosts for a 1 year period. By signing up for this plan, these travelers will become Verified Members of the community.
This means that only the Annual Membership option (current Unlimited Trips Plan) will be available and that the Single Trip Plan will no longer exist. That is, only Verified Members can apply, chat with, and confirm stays with Worldpackers hosts.
All travelers joining the Annual Membership Plan will automatically become Verified Members and have their billing information verified, ensuring more security and reliability while using the platform. Additionally, all Verified Members must agree to community commitment policies, showing their willingness to travel using their skills and a commitment to helping their hosts. Thanks to this, Verified Worldpackers Members have the best chances of being chosen by the best hosts around the world.
Verified Members get full access to:
- Apply, chat with, and confirm stays with as many Worldpackers hosts as you want for a 1 year period;
- Support during any Worldpackers trip;
- Worldpackers insurance during the trip if need be;
- Receive and leave reviews of your trips.
After adopting a policy of verifying all our hosts and checking in on them as they host travelers to make sure that the exchange experience is beneficial and fair, we’re multiplying our efforts to ensure the same security for those using their skills to travel. Our goal is to ensure that all involved have the best possible experience.
We have chosen to do this because we believe that, in the long run, it enables an even more collaborative Worldpackers, with members more committed to our community values of collaboration, empowerment, and reciprocity. We also always want to provide the maximum possible benefits for our most engaged members, the travelers and hosts who offer 5-star experiences, because it’s especially thanks to them that Worldpackers has been able to prove in these last 3 and a half years that this new way of traveling and learning is safe, accessible, and rewarding.
Verified Members, whether travelers or hosts, are committed to the community's collaborative, transparent, and safe ways of interacting. From the traveler’s side, this means helping during the agreed-upon dates, completing the tasks they’ve agreed to, and sharing stories and experiences with the hosts who open their doors to them around the world. From the host’s side, this means offering a comfy place to stay and a good balance between work, free time, and learning during the exchange, providing what they’ve agreed to and setting a good example for all other hosts in the community.
If you have traveled or are traveling with Worldpackers, the only thing that changes is that there is now only one way to use the platform and its services. Everything else remains the same :-)
We want to build the safest and most transparent community in the work exchange and volunteering world, connecting and uniting people with shared values and purposes, empowering each other to discover ourselves and the world around us. We believe that such a community is capable is the basis for enabling anyone in the world to travel, learn and live a purposeful life anywhere.
The sharing, collaborative world with equal opportunity for all that we want to build starts from within our community, made possible through the values that all our members support.
And if we believe that this world is possible, then it’s up to us to make it a reality.
I’ve already joined the Annual Multiple Travel Plan. What will happen to me?
If you have already joined Worldpackers’ annual Unlimited Travel Plan, you automatically become a verified member (after all, you’re already part of the club :-) and you still have 100% access to apply, chat with, and confirm stays with hosts, in addition to receiving assistance on your travels and being eligible to receive Worldpackers insurance. Your plan will continue to be valid. To check it out, just go to your billing information through the Worldpackers website or app. Your applications, if they exist, will still be there, as well as your already confirmed travels.
I just confirmed a trip through the Single Trip Plan. What will happen to me?
If you have confirmed your stay with a host on or after 9/25/2017 with the Single Trip Plan, you will automatically become a Verified Member at no additional charge. By becoming a Verified Member you will have all the associated benefits and can confirm as many trips as you want.
I made applications and I'm chatting with hosts through the Single Trip Plan. What will happen to me?
If you have not yet confirmed your stay with any host, when you confirm a trip with an application you’ve already submitted, you will automatically become a Verified Member at no additional charge.
If you do not confirm your stay at any of the hosts where you currently have an application open, you will be considered an Unverified Member and you will need to join the Annual Membership Plan when you want to apply for a new Worldpackers trip.
Why become a verified member?
Verified members are the only ones who can apply to, chat with, and confirm trips with hosts from the Worldpackers community. Additionally, by demonstrating this commitment, verified members have the best chances of being chosen for the best available places around the world. Collaboration rocks! :-)
Paying the annual membership fee of $49 (USD) to become a verified member gets you: access to apply, chat with, and confirm stays with any of our hosts. Apply, chat, and confirm as many trips as you want, wherever you want, for a whole year. What’s more, as a Worldpacker you also get assistance and support from our staff throughout your trip and are eligible to receive Worldpackers insurance in case of any emergency. We’ve got your back!
Why do I have to pay?
To get access to all Worldpackers hosts and apply, chat, and confirm all your travels through the site. We also give you all the help you need before, during, and after your trip to ensure you have an unforgettable experience. This fee allows Worldpackers to vet and approve more hosts in the community, continue to improve the platform, and pay our awesome team (and our coffee :-)
What if no host accepts me?
Our mission is to help you have the best trip of your life. So you can count on us to help you make an eye-catching profile, find a host that’s perfect for you, and write a stunning application message!
What if the host cancels my trip?
Our team will help you find another host in town where you can still exchange your skills for accommodation and have peace of mind. But cancellations are extremely rare.
Do I need to pay anything else to use the site?
Nope. Nada. Nil. Zilch. You pay the annual fee to apply, chat with, and confirm your stays with our hosts for 1 whole year. You won’t be charged anything else during this time for using Worldpackers, no matter how many applications or stays you do.
Can I only pay by credit card?
Brazilians can pay with a credit card or bank slip (boleto). To pay by bank slip, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting payment via bank slip.
Travelers of other nationalities can pay with a credit or debit card.