So you want to travel the country or maybe even the world, but you don’t know where to start. You don’t know how to find a place to stay away from home, you don’t know how you’re going to safely find your way around a place you’ve never been, and not end up on the wrong side of town. It may all seem scary when thinking about all of the unknowns when going somewhere new for the first time. It may even be scary enough for you to put those plans in a box and throw it in the storage room in your head and tell yourself, “I’ll get to it one day, when I have more money or more life experience,” but as you know, those are just excuses. Fear is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from attaining a very achievable goal. To help eradicate those fears, here’s a list of organizations that will not only will give you a place to stay, but may give you a support system while away from home.
This one is for the United States but there may be similar programs in other countries that I am not very knowledgable of, so I will not put them here. If you are wanting to do similar work in other countries I encourage you to research and find if that option is out there for you! While visiting National Parks in the U.S, I have talked to employees who applied for their jobs online and then got housing right at the park! Often times it is significantly cheaper than renting an apartment nearby and they can have your rent come right out of your paycheck. While in employee housing you may be around others who are in the same boat as you are and are therefore looking for a support system away from their home. Reach out to others and often times they will do the same to you.
This network of organizations gives you an opportunity to live and learn on organic farms around the world. Your host provides you with not only accommodations but you will also be fed. Talk about saving money! Besides taking care of your basic needs this also gives you chance to learn a skill and trade that you will know for the rest of your life!
This site is so amazing because it connects people to almost any kind of work you can imagine! Are you an animal lover? There’s an animal welfare category. Passionate about education? You can help at a school! It’s not just a single organization using this, you can work with families just looking for cultural exchange or individuals needing a little extra help. In exchange for a few hours of hard work a day, you get food, a roof over your head, and people who want to teach you about their home as well as to learn about yours!
This websites brings together AuPairs and families together safely. You become a temporary member of your hosts family and exchange your language and cultures. Your duty as an AuPair may vary from family to family, but the general expectation is to help out around the house with whatever is needed; most often childcare and household chores. In exchange, the hosts give the AuPair pocket-money and a place to stay in their home.