These are often referred to as work-trade gigs; you work a certain number of hours on the property where you are staying, in trade for free accommodation and sometimes food.

The variety of possibilities are endless. Here is a selection of work-trade volunteer gigs that I’ve enjoyed over the years:

  • Milking goats in Hawaii
  • Running a hostel and painting murals in Hawaii
  • Tending to a country estate and B&B in Australia
  • Leading eco-treks on llamas in Australia
  • Cooking, cleaning, and designing promotional marketing plans at a spiritual retreat and conference centre in New Zealand
  • Speaking conversational English in Spain
  • Helping out on sailboats throughout the Caribbean

These were each wildly different and incredibly rewarding ways to stay somewhere for a while and live a slice of local life. Oh yeah, and get free accommodation.

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