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Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Rob Prince
Alexa rank172,009 (As of 3 May 2020)[1]
LaunchedApril 2001; 19 years ago (2001-04)

HelpX, short for "Help Exchange", is a barter platform in which people offer or receive homestays, including lodging and food, in exchange for performing agreed-upon tasks for a few hours each day.[2][3] Types of work include gardening, animal welfare, cooking, and farming, among others.


HelpX was founded in April 2001 by Rob Prince, from England. Prince traveled in Australia and New Zealand, where he worked at several locations in exchange for room and board, inspiring him to develop the website.[4]


  1. ^ "Alexa Internet:". Alexa Internet.
  2. ^ Cahalane, Claudia (August 12, 2011). "Working holidays made easy". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Tigar, Lindsay (December 25, 2018). "How to Travel for Free—Seriously". Reader's Digest.
  4. ^ "The adventure of helping out". Positive News. September 21, 2011.