Whirld Wide Wednesday – Working Vacations

Have you ever traveled to a distant land for a vacation and left wishing you had been able to learn more about the culture there? Because we are not familiar with an area, vacation itineraries are often designed by agencies whose main goal is to support various businesses and venues. The resulting experience of visiting touristy areas often leads to a very minimal exposure to the true culture of an area.

What if there was a way to become much more immersed into the culture in areas you visit? Would you be interested in such an experience? Perhaps you aren’t able to travel, but would be willing to invite someone from a foreign land to come share their culture with you. Here is one way to do just that; Workaway!

What Workaway does is connect people from around the globe that share a desire to immerse themselves in the daily lives and cultures of others. Hosts often need help with daily chores such as babysitting, language learning, or even help around the farm. These hosts will often provide free room and board for the assistance they need. There probably is no better way to learn about someone else’s culture than to actually live in their home and experience their daily lives in a real, personal way.

There is no standard agreement between hosts and visitors and the details are arranged between the two. The stays are often considerably longer than the typical one week vacation, but that is how one learns about a culture, through an extended stay. Sound interesting? Visit Workaway to find out more!