Travel as a volunteer

Have safe and life-changing experiences by collaborating with verified hosts from our community, and make a positive impact on the world!

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Why try volunteer travel?

Benefits
  • Make a real, positive impact in the world
  • Collaborate, learn, and exchange experiences with hosts
  • Get immersed in the local culture and practice languages
  • Develop new personal and professional skills
  • Connect with locals and international travelers
  • Travel to new places affordably by saving money on lodging

What you offer

Each host will require your help for a certain number of hours per week.

What you get

In exchange for your help, you get accommodation and other benefits unique to each host.

And, obviously, new friends, learning, and connections of course!

Always

Accommodation
Usually shared or private rooms

Really often

Meals
Laundry

May include

Local transportation
Bikes or airport pick-up
Activities
Tours, parties, local discounts, etc
Classes
Language classes, yoga, permaculture, etc
And many other!

What isn’t included

Tickets
It’s solely the traveler’s responsibility to arrive at and depart from their destination. So plan far enough ahead to get good prices!
Financial assistance
Worldpackers and our hosts are not responsible for any costs you may accrue during your stay, so plan to have enough spending money for your trip’s duration and the places you’re traveling.
Required documents
Do your research on visas, passports, travel and health insurance, and any other kind of document you need to travel, ok? Learn more
Payment
Remember that this is an exchange, not a job, so you’ll be helping a host in exchange for accommodation and other benefits!
Travel planning
Worldpackers is not a travel agency, so it’s up to you to find hosts and plan your volunteer trip, alright? But of course, you can get your questions about WP answered by contacting our Support team at support@worldpackers.com :)

Who can volunteer

Anyone over 18 years old
Anybody who wants to have life-changing experiences and is at least 18 years old - there’s no age limit to participate!
No experience necessary
To be a worldpacker, you don’t have to be a professional in any certain area - your resumé here is your knowledge, as well as your desire to help and make an impact.
Opportunities for all language levels
You don’t necessarily need to speak a specific language , but each host requires a certain proficiency level in a given language - including English. It’s also a great opportunity for you to practice another language ;)
Travel is for everyone
We believe travel is a universal right, and we support everyone’s right to travel, no matter what their nationality, gender, age, condition, etc. Pick the position that best matches your skills, and chat with the host about any questions you may have.
Hosts

Who are our hosts

They’re friendly people who open their doors for travelers to have a collaborative exchange. Worldpackers hosts are open to exchanging learning experiences, and foster an atmosphere of connection through mutual, responsible, sustainable help.

Check out all of our hosts

What thousands of Worldpackers are saying about it

United States

5

Horse feathers is the best place in the world to volunteer. Cheri is a wonderful host and amazing person. I recommend this place with my eyes closed. you have to go with a lot of desire to help and give love to the horses. snowflake always in my heart 💕

United States

5

This was my first experience on world packers and I had a great time! Everyone I worked with is very sweet and respectful, and the work is easy and straightforward. I would highly recommend this work exchange to anyone looking to spend time in Maui!

Mexico

5

Danhostel was a great experience, you always get a friendly team to work with and tons of food, I am grateful with everybody :)

Wanna learn even more?

Watch all videos of the Academy certificate and learn everything about how the volunteering experience works, the responsibilities of all parties involved and how to make the most of it!

Watch the videos

Frequently Asked Questions

Sure! To do so, you need to choose the Worldpackers couples/friends plan, which allows you to apply to and confirm only two-person trips during the plan’s validity.

If you’d like to take children, minors, or animals with you, you first of all have to ask your host about the possibility. Hosts may not want to accept these travel companions because of unsuitable living situations, so a good conversation to get you on the same page will clear everything up for you.

You are responsible for all of the documents needed to enter another country and arrive at your destination, be they visas, documentation, insurance, or vaccinations, for example. As every country has different requirements, it’s a good idea to check your destination country’s embassy website. Learn more about Visas and Immigration.

No. Worldpackers is a community based on win-win, collaborative relationships, where exchanges are opportunities for learning, development, and cultural exchange. For our volunteer experiences, you can easily see what is and is not included on each position’s page: accommodation, meals, trips, lessons, etc. All other related logistics are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

Social and ecological hosts may indeed charge a supplemental fee. This is because they are nonprofits, and can ask for a contribution from travelers during their volunteer period. To learn which hosts request these fees, all you have to do is look through a position’s description, where you will find the cost in question, if any.

Worldpackers is a platform that connects hosts and travelers to foster collaborative experiences, exclusively. All other related logistics are the sole responsibility of the traveler, such as airfare, local transportation, passports, visas, insurance, etc.

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