Are you ready to go to travel today, whenever it has everything you need: crisis, lack of work, small savings and uncertain future? If not now, when? Our friend Evgeny talk about his version, how to do it practically for free.
If you do not have a mortgage on a lot of years, loans for infinite sums, young children and other constraining circumstances – it's time to hit the road! Freedom – a priceless gift and feel all its infinity – this is the real happiness! Every minute is filled with hitherto unprecedented sense, and the mind – new ideas.
The fates decreed I was out of work with a small margin money. Did not want to rush back to look for a new position and re-immersed in the monotonous routine. I have long dreamed of without obstacles and doubts to travel, finally to practice language skills and, maybe, to discover something new for yourself.
Учитывая, that the court in January, and like heat, world, and even practice Spanish – choice clearly fallen on Spain. But here's the problem – the euro has become more expensive 2 times, for Spanish courses have to pay, for accommodation and food, too, and as a result of such a journey can be very expensive. Good old couchsurfing is not so good here help – agree on a long stay is not so easy, And then – for the food still have to pay, and even if it's only supermarket – keep, eg, in 500 rubles / day (it is 6 Euro) can be very difficult.
And so, decision comes by itself. The only way to catch all the birds with one stone – is to find a job, but such, that it does not limit my freedom, As a traveler. That I was free to choose, where I am today, and where tomorrow. And the whole of Europe (and not only) already knows the answer to this question – it's time to become a volunteer!
So, let's see, What is so good volunteering:
- Any expenses – owners provide food and shelter.
- Constant practice of a foreign language, tk. work with the owners and other volunteers every day.
- Interesting new skills and hard work, not more than 5 hours a day.
- No need for a work permit, quite a tourist visa.
- Absolute freedom of movement – working in the same place, You can already look for another, though, that the current owners, как правило, do not limit the time of residence.
Как найти работу
And now you can start looking for a place, where I work. There is an important point. At The Moment a lot of travel companies are trying to make money on those, who are willing to volunteer. They offer you a limited list of places, where people are required, usually limited to certain dates, and even take “membership fee” for participation in any volunteer project, an average of about 150 Euro. Quite useless middlemen feed, you still can find themselves, direct contact with the owners of farms or other places, requiring assistants.
Personally, I use the site helpx.net, where the hosts themselves spread all job offers with detailed description, and also you can see the real feedback of, who have already been to the desired location. Similar resource – workaway.info, where the base is a little more. All, what do you need – select a country, region, место, then write to the owner and wait for a response. Unfortunately, registration fee for both sites, but the price is much lower than any “membership fee” Travel Agents, and you get access to a few years.
So, given the, I am constantly in a dirty and noisy city – Of course you want to nature, where clean air, sun and tranquility. In Spain not find a better place, than farmers. After writing a few favorite farm the next day I received an invitation from one of them, and then, agreed all the details, began to collect suitcases.
The only, for which he will have to pay a volunteer trip – this transport. First, and armed Skyscanner! Forum Vinskiy, find the cheapest tickets to Barcelona from Peter. For those, who are not afraid of long journeys, the best option is the bus to Riga, St. Petersburg and then a direct flight from Riga to WizzAir Barcelona. Last worth all of 25 euro with all taxes. With regard to land transport, it is best to explore all advance – very often held sales and buy a ticket on the internet can be much cheaper, than on site. For example in Spain train tickets look here – renfe.com, and cheap tickets between cities can be easily found at major bus carrier ALSA – alsa.es. While on the ground and may reach hitchhiking, but I personally have not yet reached such heights budget travel. 🙂
Ночевка в городе
If you're heading to the farm, then it is likely, I did not get everything done in one day. So I had to spend the night in the first Barcelona, and the next day I went to the train station, where I was greeted by. For one night stay we quite suitable favorite couchsurfing, but I chose another way – Hotel body. This project of the famous search engine hotels trivago. In list available for testing hotels in Barcelona I choose the, for testing which relies a great prize, than the cost of living. After living answer about 300 questions and getting to your PayPal account, the prize. In my case,, I gained as much as 2 euros for accommodation in fairly good hotel. 🙂
The following article will describe in more detail Evgeny about living and working in the eco-farm.
22 thoughts on “I am – a volunteer! Or how to travel for free”
Hello! Prompt, and for how long you went there? Only for the duration of a tourist visa? As far as I know it's only for a month, but what then? Thank you very much for your reply!
Am, we also want to volunteer! To farm on the Spanish nature – dream)!
How about volunteering at the Crimean nature – klubnichku, Malinka collect? у нас тут как раз не паханное поле 😀
We need to think))
Good afternoon! А что именно вы предлагаете в Крыму?
Lily, it depends on your visa. I have a multi-annual Finnish visa (I vezzhat-leave the Schengen unlimited number of times) to 90 days in each half. This means, I can stay on the territory of the European Union the most 90 days in each of the semesters. I'm going to stay here 2 month with a small, then I have to leave the European Union at least, than 3 month and then you can come another 3 month.
Realized, thanks for the reply! Very interesting to read your blog.
Cool article, especially surprised with the service hotels, where you still pay)
For us, too,. 🙂 Это Evgeny у нас эксперт в поиске подобных инструментов для сокращения расходов на путешествие. Airbnb, CouchSurfing night and day and the simple thing of the past?
We are now actively using Airbnb. Found using this site housing in Mexico and Guatemala
Actually, I too had often used airbnb, особенно во времена активной раздачи купонов на скидку без минимума 🙂 Сейчас они видимо уже получили свое признание и купонами балуют крайне редко. Business they have a very lucrative way – they shoot 10% Commission not only with guests but also with the host.
About as interesting! And where information about 10%?
I'm not sure about a specific figure in 10%, but the commission is taken from the owner uniquely. I also often use Airbnb hosts and about the commission I was repeatedly told. So often they go to the cash payment, If a guest wants to stay longer. This is beneficial for both – as for the host, and for the visitor.
How to travel for free, I have not quite figured out, but how to travel safely and earn while traveling I definitely know.
Me in this delepomogla my distant work and training that taught her. Now I 5 month live in Asia and can not imagine life without okeana.Teper otrpavitsya want to try to travel without money. And if there are problems, then I'll be able to earn anywhere in the world, где есть интернет 🙂
Anton,расскажите поподробнее 🙂
Лишь бы интернет был.А он не везде есть не в каждой точке…факт
Zdrasti! Ya student i letom hochu poehat’v ispaniu, reshila povolonterit’ , no nashla tol’ko oplachivaemye programmy. Kak mojno naiti rabotu v ohostelah ili eshe v drugih mestah blije k centru?
Meerim, can be easily. Об этом я и написал в статье выше. Заходите на workaway.info, регистрируетесь, ищите город и возможные варианты, а далее связываетесь напрямую с волонтёродателем =) По Испании – more 1000 различных предложений, только конечно желательно знать Английский, а лучше Испанский.
Friends, одному из украинских телеканалов нужен волонтёр (занятый на работе во Франции) для интервью, общения и съёмки. Встреча со съемочной группой в Париже. Если вы сейчас в этом районе или уже в ближайшие дни начинаете работать, то свяжитесь, please, с Анной (email@example.com).
Я ровно год путешествовал волонтером, используя ресурс “helpx.net”. Это были страны Зап. Europe. У меня было только двести евро и польская нац.виза. Так-что все возможно, было бы желание оторвать задницу от кресла.
Если кому интересно почитать об этом, заходите на мой блог (dennystravel.com). Конечно начал вести его с большим опозданием, по памяти, но все же.
Похоже что этого сайта уже нет? 🙂