Some people love to draw, other people like to teach. Some people are good with computers, others take pics for a living. Whatever it is you’re good at, you can save money with accommodation and help hosts worldwide with your own special skills.

The growth of Sharing Economy is changing the way we connect with people everyday and, most important, the way we travel. Worldpackers brings awesome opportunities for travelers that are interested on offering their skills in hundreds of cities worldwide .

These hosts (hostels, guesthouses, pousadas, ecovillages, etc) are looking for travelers who would be willing to assist in different kind of jobs and renew the energy among the staff members. Can you imagine how incredible and convenient it would be to use your own professional experience and/or hobbies in exchange for accommodation and meals?

After traveling through 17 countries and having 8 volunteering experiences around the world, we gathered here 11 skills that hosts are dying to find. Once you read this article, you’ll start packing your things in 3, 2, 1…


RECEPTION

RECEPTION

Who wouldn’t want to talk to everybody and get to know people from different countries? As a receptionist, you’ll be in charge of check-ins and check-outs, website and e-mail bookings, explaining how the hostel works and where are the best places to visit in the city. You’ll probably be the right hand of the manager/owner!


PAINTING & DECORATING

If you’re a creative person and love to decorate places, this is your perfect job. You’ll be able to paint walls, create a new variety of themes and use your graffiti skills. You may even start an art project, who knows?


PARTY PROMOTER

PARTY PROMOTER

Remember that old friend who loves to plan parties? Here’s his chance to shine: as a party promoter, his job will be mostly start funny drinking games, be super friendly and a party animal. Pub crawls are a good way to start the night, showing the best bars around the city and the hostel’s rooftop is probably a good way to finish the party.


GARDENING

GARDENING

If you don’t mind to get your hands dirty, you’ll be of great help to any hostel with a garden. They’re looking for people who understands nature, knows how to handle plants and wants to improve their knowledge. Cool, right?


MUSIC

MUSIC

Big fan of good music or any music at all? You can be a DJ or even a musician living in a hostel. That’s the dream! Your performances could be memorable and you’ll have people from all over the world to see you play.


TEACHING LANGUAGES

TEACHING LANGUAGES

Nothing is more inspiring than a teacher committed with his job and… you could be one! You can help the community where you’re at teaching languages to children and giving them a new purpose in life. As a teacher, you’ll be responsible to educate them. However, you’ll probably learn a lot as well!


TEACHING SPORTS

TEACHING SPORTS

If you are an active person and sports are in your veins, there’s no doubt this is one of the best positions for you. You can teach football to kids in Bangkok, yoga or meditation in Brazil or even teach fellow travelers how to surf in Ecuador. In the end, all you have to do is use your passion!


PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Do you have a professional camera? That’s your chance to prove you’re a good photographer and find a place to stay for free. You can take pictures of the hostel you’re in or perhaps create an expo to show your pictures from different countries (you might even be able to sell a few).


TOUR GUIDE

TOUR GUIDE

As a traveler, you love to talk about the places you’ve visited. You like to walk and know more about the place you’re visiting than just where you can find the cheapest beer. Well, my friend, you can be a tour guide. It’s not as boring as it may sound and is one of the best ways to enjoy the city and become friends with the hostel guests.


HANDYMAN

HANDYMAN

Every hostel has something that needs fixing, is in need of repairs or just wants to improve its facilities. So if you can fix things, you can pretty much volunteer anywhere you want. Different from other positions, your schedule is more flexible and if you’re really willing to help you will always have something to do!


SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA

Nowadays, social media is a fundamental tool in any digital marketing strategy. Everybody is now connected and eager for information, everything can be found online. Hostels need people to take pics, create content and organize posts on different social networks. So it’s your chance to become a hostel geek!


 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any of these skills, as long as you are curious and committed to learn how to get the job done, you are welcome to apply to the available positions. Lots of hosts worldwide are using Worldpackers as a way to connect with travelers from different cultures to aggregate know-how from distinct areas. Access the platform, sign-up and start your journey as soon as possible, you’ll have full online support from Worldpackers Team.

One day, you’ll be so comfortable at the perfect place where you’ll be volunteering that you won’t have the courage to leave! A tip from traveler to traveler: we couldn’t be happier as we are now. We’ve started doing tasks we didn’t know how to do at first and ended up learning a lot. Now we talk about our volunteering stories on our blog called Sexo, Viagens e Rock’n’Roll (Sex, Travels and Rock’n’Roll).

It’s never too late to start a new career or even give it an upgrade. Remember that these are just a few of the skills hosts are looking for, you can see more on the website. Apply to your favorite positions to send a message to the host, talk to them about what you can do to help, the details of your trip and agree everything beforehand using the platform confirmation.

It’s a win-win situation and you can save money to continue traveling, just like us!

 

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