• Age: 36
  • Nationality: Netherlands
  • Languages: French, Dutch, Portuguese, and English

Volunteer experiences

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Experience in Brazil

Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Feb/2020

Reception and Bartending

Review written by the host

Recomendamos a 100%. Helen muito atenta, focada e eficiente nas tarefas. Responsável e boa onda. Nos ajudou a dirgir a casa cheia durante o Carnaval. Sentiremos saudades.

  • Bartending
  • Reception
  • Commitment
  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Sociability
  • Flexibility
  • Proactivity
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

Review written by Helen

I had a great time here! There are three things that really stood out: 1. The location - right in the centre of the hostel close to a lot of nice bars, shops and restaurant. The area is really lively and you're sure to enjoy yourself there. 2. The lunches - there is a bar/restaurant under the hostel and lunch is included for volunteers. The chefs really know how to cook and I ate a lot of delicious meals. 3. The staff - the members of the hostel team are a joy to work with; always friendly, helpful and concerned about how the volunteers are doing. Thanks for the experience!

Experience in Portugal

Surf Camp Lisbon, Portugal Apr/2019

Cleaning, Kitchen Hand, Gardening, and Housekeeping

Review written by the host

What can i say about Helen?! She everything a hostel or any business wants, she is top, top person, top worker top all!! Helen was responsible since the first day, always willing to help at any time even if it was not her shift, very proactive person, also speak Portuguese very well, above all very friendly and easy to make a connection, all you can ask on a person as professionally and personally!! I definitely will recommend her to everyone that will contact me to know about her! Thank you very much Helen!!! I hope you can work with us soon again!! :)

  • Commitment
  • Responsibility
  • Sociability
  • Proactivity

Review written by Helen

Loved, loved, loved my time at the surf the surf the surf camp d'Agua! The guys that founded the the surf the surf the surf camp and run it are so committed to what they do and clearly enjoy sharing their passion with others. This energy ensures that volunteers are motivated and happy doing their job too...I know I was at least. Working on the beach at the surf school was the best 'job' I have ever had and would return to it in a heartbeat. I met loads of amazing people while volunteering and really felt like I was part of a family. Surfing as much as I wanted was awesome too! I can't recommend this place highly enough...I'll be back soon!

Experience in Portugal

Hostel Lisbon, Portugal Mar/2019

Kitchen Hand, Party Promoter, Cleaning, and Housekeeping

Host didn’t write a review
Review written by Helen

I absolutely loved being a volunteer at the hostel. The work was simple and fun, I felt welcome and trusted, and my colleagues (both fixed and voluntary) were amazing. I stayed in the hostel at Rossio station and it had a relaxed but fun vibe. I miss it already!

Community contributions

How the traveler helps the Worldpackers community besides volunteering.


Writing articles for the Worldpackers Blog

Articles written as Blogger

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  • Portuguese 1
  • English 1
  • French 1


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  • Cleaning
  • Content Writer
  • Cooking
  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen Hand
  • Teaching Languages
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  • Bartending 1
  • Reception 1
  • Night Shift
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Party Promoter
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Tour Guide
I want to learn it
  • Administration

About me as an author

I quit my job as a teacher to travel around Portugal and Brazil to improve my language skills. I've ended up learning loads more than just Portuguese and am having an amazing Worldpackers experience. Passionate about travel too? Get in touch.



2005-2009 BA French with business and management at the University of Manchester
2011-2012 MA English Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen
2012-2013 MEd Teacher Training (English) at The University of Amsterdam

2017-present Portuguese Language with Instituto Camoes (distance learning)

Work experience

I have a wide range of work experience. While studying I had various part-time jobs to help pay for university, including: market research; working in a bakery; delivering post; cleaning; dishwashing; catering.

For the past six years I have been working as an English teacher in a secondary school.

Travel experience

Ever since I can remember I have loved travelling and learning about different cultures and countries. With my family I would go camping in France every year and when I was old enough and had enough money I started visiting new places. Outside of Europe I have been to Morocco, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Panama, the USA and Canada. I have also seen quite a bit of Europe, with Portugal being my absolute favourite country. It was actually love at first sight and since 2015 (my first visit - to Lisbon) I have been back a number of times, made portuguese friends and learned the language!