Many of us wish we could give up everything and travel the world. But for most people, there are a thousand problems getting in the way. When you’re stuck in a routine, it’s hard to imagine abandoning it all to follow your dreams. Responsibilities take priority and travel plans fade away. However, it’s very possible to travel on a minimal budget, as long as you’re prepared to do a bit of hard work.
Where to Volunteer?
There are projects all around the world that are screaming out for volunteers to come and lend a hand. From the safety of home, to the far flung corners of the world, you can help someone, somewhere. Schemes such as WWOOFing encourage organic farming practices around the world. Workaway offers more variety with projects ranging from child care to boat building.
Such sites generally require a small registration fee and from then on it’s all free to use. More structured projects such as EVS in Europe offer short and long term projects all over the continent, providing free flights in and out, as well as accommodation and food, plus spending money.
How Does it Work?
Personal projects asking for volunteers will generally provide you with food and accommodation in exchange for a few hours work a day. The rest of your time is yours to do what you wish, you could even work online to earn a little spending money. It’s a great way to see a country and get to know the locals. Getting there is your responsibility, with the one exception of those programs that do arrange your travels. So, jumping from project to project could allow you to see more countries than you thought possible!
Is it Safe?
Always do your research and any websites you use should offer reviews of projects, so you can see what other people have to say about the place.
So, if you’re stuck in a rut and not sure what to do, pack it all in and pack a bag. Head into the world and open your eyes to another way of life!