Getting paid while travelling.....
April 15, 2011 1:34am CST
I had read about this organization WWOOF some time back and then yesterday I decided to look it up on the internet. THey have a really big site and have listings of so many countries around the world. It is something like, they help you get short term jobs with different people in different countries, like say a fruit-picking job somehwere in Europe, caring for an old couple in England etc. where you have to put in minimum of a three or four day and then can extend if you like. In return you get free lodging and boarding, some may even give you food, although places you have to manage it on your own, some may even pay you some cash. I am very interested in this concept, I think that this will help you absorb more of the local culture and tradition than you would while on a casual guided tour. For me, the kind of job I would want to do is on some farm planting trees, helping in weeding pruning etc. caring for livestock etc. Although going for such unknown places where you are probably going to be all alone from your country has some risks of its own or the probability of not meeting your expectations, but would you rather just do it as an adventure? What interested me more is that some farms take in families too, altrhough I don't think my husband would be much interested in it! How interesting/exciting do you think this is? and would you do such a thing if you were given the invitation?
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• United States
15 Apr 11
This is something I would consider only if I were single. With you having a family, I think it would be more difficult for you to adjust. I did a lot of overseas traveling while in the military. I would rather be at home now that I am married. Best Wishes!
16 Apr 11
Wow, so you were in the military! cool, what branch and where all did you get to travel?? Anyway sswallace21, I would not mind taking my son along with me where families are invited, I know it will be a lot difficult compared to when you travel singly but then sometimes it is good to rough it out for a few days! That way we get to appreciate the finer things in life as well the children to get to appreciate what they get better! But this is all a dream for me as of now, I don't even know now whether it is going to work out or not yet! :)
16 Apr 11
This is my dream job! Lol If someone is offering this, then I would surely grab at the opportunity. I love to travel and experience the best that a city has to offer, whether it be food, culture, and natural beauty.. I would do it in a heartbeat!
22 Apr 11
Yes, isn';t ie? Being able to absorb local culture, staying with them and learning their ways of life, sounds like a dream! Check out some of these websites: wwoof.org, helpaway.net, transitionsabroad.com They have some very good information on how to go about it!
16 Apr 11
I would have loved that when I was younger. As is, I suppose I need help myself more than working for others. I could read for people in Spanish though, or help younsters with their school work. But that does not sound as the type of job they offer.
22 Apr 11
Oh I am sorry to know that you need help for yourself, although being able to tutor people in Spanish sounds good! You even design something online that can help people like me learn Spanish! That is some thought! Coming to your point, there ARE some jobs that require you to teach English to your hosts, but such jobs are mostly in China.
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 11
I know that fruit picking and fruit packing is very hard work indeed. I don't fancy doing that sort of work. I have a vegan diet so wouldn't want to work on a farm of animals. I think that working in a youth hostel for a season like at the reception would be enjoyable and interesting. I have enjoyed working as a children's nanny, factory packer and charity collector when I had my working holiday visa for Australia. My kids are way too young and my toddler son is in a wheelchair. I think WWOOF is an excellent idea for a person that wants a working holiday. I love to find out about the culture and tradition. I am an independent traveler and I do it for leisure reasons and don't wish to work overseas anymore.
22 Apr 11
You are right maximax, hard jobs such as fruit picking, working on farms etc. are more for the single and young. Although I would not mind doing it myself, but what with my son now 2-and-half-years old and full of mischief, I just cannot get away from him even for less than five minutes. So with you having a little one in the wheelchair must be very hard for you indeed, I can only begin to imagine that! But you definitely had great experience in Australia, cheers to that! :)