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The answer to this question depends on your personal taste, budget, dreams and wishes. One thing is safe to say: from the most shy to the most outgoing person, there is a type of trip for everyone.
Do you dream of traveling around the world? You can do it with work exchange. Or maybe you feel like exploring your own country in a deeper way. Why not volunteering in the countryside!
Wanna travel, but you’re short on cash? You can save money by earning free accommodation in a hostel work exchange experience.
What does that mean? It can mean you help hundreds of hostels, guesthouses, NGOs, ecovillages and all sorts of settlements around the world with tasks like reception, making and serving breakfast, cleaning, changing linens and things like that. Or maybe, you could be the handyman and paint a creative mural in a hostel common area to get lodging and benefits in return :)
Does it sound interesting? So, work exchange is for you!
You can also learn a new skill by exchanging accomodation and breakfast for hours of work as a bartender, social media person, video-maker, photographer or language teacher.
If this sounds awesome but you don’t know where to start, don’t sweat it. We’ve crafted a quick USA volunteer guide to give you an overview of the country, and help you find nice volunteer opportunities in the USA. Keep reading and check it out.
The country has a vast territory with endless possibilities. So it's cool to think about the best region for short term volunteer opportunities in the USA or for a long stay as a volunteer abroad in the USA.
Second, do you like cold or warm weather? In the US you’ll find cold and temperate climates in the regions around Boston, New York, and Chicago. However, summer in New York is really cool too, a must-see for millions of tourists every year! Which scene do you see yourself in? Cozy by the fireplace in snowy Boston, or walking around in Central Park during fall?
Well, if you really enjoy summer and water sports, go to the west coast. From cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas you can visit amazing landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe bend! Also, there are so many national parks and forests in this part of North America, it’s amazing. Don’t forget to visit Yosemite National Park, and the Sequoia Forest. You can make your travel savings last longer for hiking trips if you work in exchange for housing in the USA! Is it for you, though?
Like we said, when it comes to free accommodation in exchange for work in the USA, you can find almost any kind of task and any kind of host. The country’s size and variety of things to do make the USA a great work exchange destination.
If you don’t enjoy the rush of big cities like NYC, you can go rest on a paradisiacal beach. How about spending some time in Hawaii? Yep, Hawaii is an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but it’s also a US state. We're not kidding around when we say you can find any kind of trip in the United States. Check out Worldpackers volunteer opportunities in Honolulu!
In this versatile and huge country, a trip can get expensive, especially if you don’t make money in a strong currency. So, backpacking in the United States is a great way to get in touch with your inner self, spend long hours on train rides and road trips with awesome mountain, forest or desert landscapes. Combine cheap train tickets and paid volunteer opportunities in the USA and you got yourself a low cost backpacking journey.
Each state is different from the other, so a long road trip USA is definitely worth it to watch the scenery change. For example, you don’t need to go to Italy to work in a grape farm and learn how to make wine - you can work in a winery in Mason, USA!
Let’s say you like working in a team, try a work exchange in NYC! Hostels are never empty in the Big Apple. You can work as a tour guide or night shift in the city that never sleeps!
Like a cultural trip? Washington DC, formally the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States and a great place to find the best volunteer programs in the USA. Do a work exchange in DC and give a host a hand by welcoming guests, taking care of facilities or being the best cook ever!
The US capital is the most appropriate place to absorb history and learn about the nation’s spirit. Like the rest of the country, the city has a very cosmopolitan personality. When you work exchange in DC you have the chance to be in contact with dozens of ethnic neighborhoods and attractions that go beyond the White House and Capitol. Visit Chinatown to experience authentic Chinese cuisine more than 6 thousand miles away from China. Travel to 16th street to check the Mexican Cultural Institute, with exhibitions of artists from the neighboring country.
We’ve already mentioned the west coast and big cities like New York, because those are the most famous US attractions and great places to possibly find free volunteer programs in the USA.
Be one of many United States volunteers and get free accommodation and meals to save some money while getting to know like-minded people. You can also learn a lot from the more than 50 museums in DC, and more than hundreds of other attractions all over the country.
It’s important to find trustworthy volunteer programs in the USA. Always check if they provide you good support and clear info.
Sometimes a thing that looks cheap turns out expensive when you have a problem and no one to help sort it out. Traveling to another country can be tricky, so it's good to be part of a strong community that will be by your side at unexpected times.
At Worldpackers your costs will drop a lot, because you’ll get free accommodation, meals and other benefits given by hosts.
Also, the annual membership helps keep the Worldpackers support team running, which is very important for your trip to go off without a hitch. In addition, if something unexpected happens, Worldpackers offers you 3 days accommodation in a place similar to the one you first chose. Think of how many small trips you can make during the year paying a one-time fee that will bring you peace of mind and help you plan your trip step-by-step ;)
Overall, regardless of your style or personality, there is a very wide variety of work exchange types. Take a look at our host list and find the one for you. In the end, what counts is that a volunteer program has given you chances to improve as a person, to progress as a human being and to help others. Also, let's not ignore the practical side: work exchange is a great way to save money.
Maybe you’ll set goals and nothing will go as planned. Well, isn’t this when adventure happens? Let life surprise you. Ask our experts for help or read our bloggers’ stories to plan a trip according to your budget. If you seek to discover yourself, observe the world around you and live your life to the fullest, take the first step with a volunteer experience, the rest is still unwritten :)
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