How Worldpackers works: the complete guide

Worldpackers is a collaborative platform that connects you with hosts around the world where you can travel exchanging your skills for accommodation.

Whether it’s saving on your trip, immersing yourself in a local culture or developing new skills, you can use Worldpackers during your vacation time, backpacking trip or even taking a gap year. There are hostels, inns, NGOs, communities and ecological projects that you can help with and in exchange receive free stay, food and other benefits.

There are more than one million travelers and hosts from 170 countries that are part of our community!

How Worldpackers works: the complete guide

  1. Work Exchange with Worldpackers

    Stay in hostels or in family homes around the world exchanging skills for accommodation. Live with people from all over the world and learn new languages.

  2. Volunteer abroad with Worldpackers

    Help NGOs, social projects and communities around the world and make a difference on your next trip.

  3. Booking your trip with Worldpackers

    Learn step by step how to secure your trip. Create your profile, choose your host, and apply for the position and pack your bags!

  4. Planning your trip

    Learn how to plan for your trip, calculate travel costs and prepare your itinerary.

  5. The Worldpackers experience

    Learn how to use the volunteer experience to get to know yourself better, develop new skills and come back a different person after your trip.

  6. Get inspired

    First time traveling alone? Travelers in the community share their experiences to give you that little push.

How do Worldpackers trips work?

As a member, you can contact as many hosts and travel safely as many times as you want.

Step 1

Choose your plan to travel with Worldpackers as many times as you like.

Step 2

Complete your profile, watch the video lessons in the Academy, and earn certificates to stand out to hosts.

Step 3

Apply to as many positions as you like, and get in contact with hosts.

Step 4

If a host thinks you’re a good fit for their position, they’ll pre-approve you.

Step 5

Get your documents and tickets ready for your volunteer trip.

Step 6

Confirm your trip to enjoy all of the safety of Worldpackers and become an Explorer.

Step 7

Have a transformative experience and make a positive impact on the world.

Step 8

If anything doesn’t go as planned with a host, count on WP Insurance and our support team!

Step 9

After your exchange, leave and receive reviews and become an Expert.

Step 10

Volunteer with other hosts, get more reviews, and participate in the WP Programs.

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