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Founder(s)Rob Prince
Alexa rank79,883 (As of 10 August 2019)[1]
LaunchedApril 2001; 18 years ago (2001-04)

HelpX, short for "Help Exchange", is an online platform that connects volunteers, or Helpers, who perform work for hosts in exchange for lodging. Helpers assist with various tasks, projects, or activities as listed on the network. Volunteers generally commit to four or five hours of work, five days a week, in exchange for food and housing provided by the host. Arrangements may vary but are agreed upon by both parties in advance. The platform allows hosts to see the skills and cultural backgrounds of the volunteers.


HelpX was founded in April 2001 by Rob Prince, from England. The idea for HelpX originated through Prince's traveling experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand, where he worked at several locations in exchange for room and board. It was common for farmers to ask for help by placing notices on hostel notice boards and listing schemes producing booklets in such places. Prince instead developed an online platform to introduce farmers to possible workers.[2]

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  1. ^ "Alexa Internet:". Alexa Internet.
  2. ^ "Helpx History".