To clear up any possible questions you may have when starting out with our platform, we've put together answers to the most common questions so you don’t have a shadow of a doubt about being a Worldpackers Host:
- Who can be a Worldpackers host?
- Do I have to pay to be a Worldpackers Host?
- Do I have to pay volunteers from Worldpackers?
- What do I have to offer as a Worldpackers host?
- Is Worldpackers legal?
- Can a host charge volunteers?
Who can be a Worldpackers host?
Any kind of opportunity where a traveler can exchange skills for accommodation, from building a house to teaching in your school, is welcome on our platform.
Whether you’re a city hostel, a NGO assisting your community, a homestay or a farm in the countryside, all you need is a bed to host, pictures of your place and a description of what you need help with.
Do I have to pay to be a Worldpackers Host?
No. Worldpackers is free for hosts. "How do you make money, then?", you may ask.
Our travelers pay us an annual commitment fee in order to use Worldpackers. In order to apply and confirm trips, they must purchase one of the Worldpackers' Plans for travelers.
Do I have to pay volunteers from Worldpackers?
No. Worldpackers is a platform in which people exchange their skills for accommodation, not an employment website. We recommend hosts not to pay volunteers, as this can be understood as an employer-worker relationship - which doesn't reflect the platform's purpose.
What do I have to offer as a Worldpackers host?
You need to offer at least one type of accommodation. Have in mind our travelers are not employees, they are people looking to learn and share amazing experiences while on the road, so a salary is neither mandatory nor recommended.
Most of our hosts offer at least one meal, free use of the kitchen, and free laundry. The more rewards you offer, the more attractive your profile looks to our travelers.
It's important to know that only social and eco projects are allowed to charge volunteers a small fee per day or week to cover the costs of accommodation and food, and this information must be clear in the description.
Is Worldpackers legal?
Worldpackers is a platform that connects travelers who want to exchange their skills for accommodation with hosts who need any sort of help. We are not an employment website, therefore we do not allow hosts to post paid positions.
Since we have hosts and travelers from all over the world and we don't have a team responsible for visa and documentation at Worldpackers to cover all territories, we recommend you to check with the local authorities about any possible restrictions of using volunteers in your region.
Can a host charge volunteers?
NGOs and farms are allowed to charge volunteers a small fee per day or week to cover costs of accommodation and food. This information must be clear in the description.
We’re always improving our processes and we’re open to feedback from our community! So if you have any questions or suggestions, we’ll be happy to help you out. 💙