We've hosted volunteers since 2015. We've mainly welcomed travellers into our home for short term projects, but we've had a few longer term volunteers (staying a few months, off and on) as well. We think work exchange is a fantastic system that can make amazing experiences for both hosts and helpers.
If you aspire to be a better host, you might want to read the advice a few of our former volunteers were willing to share with us.
If you're a volunteer or thinking about doing work exchange, this post will help you understand what hosts find important in their helpers.
Hosting volunteers is an awesome experience for both host and helper - it also has a few downsides, and it's time to talk about those.
The internet seems to be full of it: how to travel on a budget, stories of people who left their job to go travelling, or why work exchange is the best way to travel. I thought I'd shed a light on the other side of it: why hosting volunteers to get things done?