Are you planning a GAP year?
You want to discover new cultures, learn new languages and meet different people around the globe but your bank account is dry. Here are some tips and ideas to take the first step to an alternative way of travelling abroad.
Travel by working
- WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and growers around the world. They offer you food and accommodation for your help in wine-making or pig-rearing. There’s a £15 membership fee to access the host listing list.
- World packers. Exchange your ability of editing video for meals and accommodation in Brazil. That would be one example of the “skills for accommodation” scheme that characterises World Packers. Travellers need to pay a fee when a travel is confirmed.
- Au pair. Help a family take care of their children in exchange of being hosted and receiving pocket money. You don’t need to pay any fee.
- Workaway. Help out for a few hours a day, for example in a horse farm, in exchange for food and accommodation. To access the list of hosts you need to pay a 29 euro
- Summer Jobs is a website where you’ll find seasonal positions camps, amusement parks, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organisations and more.
- World Nomads Scholarships gives you the opportunity to travel while learning photography, writing and film making. Winners get the opportunity to learn from professional storytellers. Scholarship covers food and travel costs in a 2-week trip.
- House Sitting. When a family goes abroad they need someone to take care of their property, work in the garden or play with their dog. You can be that person! It is called house sitter and it implies staying at a home for free in exchange of taking care and maintaining their home. It’s a win-win! Here are some platforms: Nomador, Mindmyhouse, Trustedhousesitters.
- European Voluntary Service is open to people between 17-30 years old that want to volunteer for a period between 2 weeks and 12 months in Europe and Partner Countries (from region 1 to 4).
- EU Aid Volunteers provides you the opportunity to volunteer around the world in humanitarian aid projects in disaster-affected communities.
- European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
Other volunteer opportunities:
- Youth Networks
- Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations
- Association of Voluntary Service Organisations
- Cross-Cultural Organisation
- Global Volunteer Network
- International Cultural Youth Exchange
- International Volunteer Programs Association
- Service Civil International
- United Nations Volunteers
- Voluntary Worker