What is Working Traveller?
Working Traveller is a free service for hosts (that’s you) who want hard-working travellers to come and work for a week/month or two at your place in your busy season or when you need to complete specific project out of season. WT advertises all your work and the skills you need to 10s of 1,000s of travellers registered on the site and in Facebook looking for volunteer and paid work in your country or skill set needs. Growing your references from Working Travellers who come and work for you will put you at the top of traveller searches and help you get the best travellers to come to and work for you; at the time you need them – all for free. The only çatch is you need to leave at least one reference for a Working Traveller a year or you will be charged €10 a year to use your profile.
The question is…. Do you see the time to set up your profile will save you days a year in booking up workers?
Why make a profile?
Takes half an hour to an hour to fill in your details, house rules, etc. Then all the work posts for each role you need and for when. Then another half an hour to find 100s of travellers that have the skills you need who will be in your country at the time you need them. You then invite them all to work for you using our booking system like you would for a hotel. Because you have added all your rules and work needs to your profile, you don’t now need to spend hours emailing travellers who ask “Can we come in two weeks? What work do you need doing? Where are you? “. All dealt with. Saves you hours, even days of emailing a year.
Once you have found all the workers you need, you create a work placement with each one, agreeing with what they will do for you and what they will get in return. Again takes a bit of time, but saves hours/days of time when they arrive with no misunderstandings on what they will be doing for you.
The idea is you use the free version and do it all your self. If you are too busy and need help, we can do everything for you – we charge €100 a year to managing all your work post needs and €100 one-off fee to get you all set up. It’s up to you.
Is Working Traveller for you?
Just want help with the harvest or around the farm etc? Other volunteer sites are easier to set up to get last-minute travellers. If you want skilled workers who are interested in the project you want to achieve; all booked up weeks, months before you start – Working Traveller is for you. Travellers can stay with you in 4 ways:
Volunteering – you ‘pay’them in bed and board, agreed exactly what in each work placement.
Volunteering to start with the option to be paid – If average, ask them to leave at the end of your volunteer agreement. If good, you can pay them something over bed and board for more hours, more responsibility or whatever you agree with them.
Paid – You need a skilled carpenter, plumber, real skills and you know you will not get these 10 hours a day for free.
Pay to stay – If you have a particularly nice host offering, tiger cub sanctuary, or 5-star resort, you can charge a lower fee than you normally do for some work in return.
How we see it
Working Traveller was started by a host who got annoyed with volunteers turning up who just wanted a free bed and food. He worked hard and wanted like-minded workers who enjoyed what they do to work with. As you know, if you have motivated workers sitting at your dinner table with you, talking about the project and the challenges the whole team is facing – that’s what you are looking for.
Sitting with several people who just want a free bed and looking at their phone for the next stay – that’s a hostel in my opinion. Help us build references for the hard working travellers that will become role models for next years travellers. The more we focus on skills and the quality of work, the more travellers will see that it takes to be a Working Traveller.