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 began dreaming about my trip abroad and hostel work stay about a year before I stepped foot on the plane. You can bet I spent a lot of time thinking and planning–mostly about how a recent grad like myself with scarce savings could pull off an international experience. From studying abroad to living abroad I wanted to go back to Santiago, Chile. After studying abroad there, I knew I wanted to go back, but I wasn’t sure how to pull it off. With student loans just around the corner, I

The Traveler’s Guide  Photo by Larm Rmah So you’ve decided to travel with a purpose and volunteer abroad? Welcome to the community! Volunteering abroad in exchange for food and accommodation is a wonderful way to save money, learn new skills, help others and experience the local lifestyle. While these are all great ways to enrich your life, there are a few things you’ll need to watch out for. For example, some people use these programs as an opportunity to exploit for cheap labor. It happens to a lot of young travelers, and

The Traveller’s Guide 1. Once you’ve selected your host and location, establish a trial period! Many hosts require a minimum of a few weeks for a volunteering abroad stay, but I would suggest not to promise more than 3 weeks as a trial period to make sure you and you host get on well. If you want to stay longer, you can tell your host that, if everything works well for both of you, you’re willing to stay. In my opinion, a trial should sound like a good idea to any reasonable host. Trial

The absolute best way to turn that 90-day Schengen visa into a year and sometimes more of continental good times. OK so look, maybe 90 days isn’t quite enough time to really give Europe a good once over, and imagine if you got both legally stay for longer and maybe make a little money to make said staying for longer more economically viable. Well imagine no more, our little intrepid crusty backpack carriers, because you’re about to get (information on) your first European working holiday visa. How does the program

Volunteering with Coins For Change in Vietnam Welcome to the HelpStay Volunteering Visa Guide to Backpacking in Southeast Asia. Please note: Foreigners of non-ASEAN countries are not legally allowed to work in most of Southeast Asia without a valid work permit, and so ‘working’ in exchange for food and accommodation cannot be considered ‘paid work.’ Volunteering Visa Guide All of the advice in the HelpStay Volunteering Visa Guide pertains specifically to travelling as a tourist as most volunteers must enter a country only as a tourist. This is unless you have official documentation from

Tell us a bit about your Stay. (Where is it located? What is the organization called? Why does it exist?) Susanne  Our nature park is located on the beautiful Island of Crete, just 3km from the old Venetian town, Rethymno, which is an attractive touristic place in summertime. The organization is called ‘Parko‘ and is an outdoors activity park for kids. It’s an experiential learning center for school excursions, where the Greek kids can do different activities. We founded the Biotopoi (Nature Park) as a non-profit organization with friends and volunteers, and it became

Top Regrets of International Volunteers I wish I stayed longer. Nearly every volunteer has a hard time saying goodbye when their departure is approaching. Whether they have grown attached to the children at the orphanage, the staff members they have worked closely with, their fellow volunteers, or their host family, volunteers undoubtedly form meaningful relationships and connections during their volunteer program, and it will be difficult to say goodbye. When the time comes, you will hear volunteers expressing this regret loud and clear, on the way to the airport, on

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