|Available in||English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese|
|Registration||Optional, site can be browsed without registering. Signing-up as a host is free. Paid and unpaid subscriptions for volunteers.|
|Launched||17 April 2002|
Workaway is an international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organise homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or "Workawayers", are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host.
How it works
Hosts register at workaway.info and are expected to provide information about themselves, the type of volunteering they require to be performed, the accommodation they offer and the sort of person they are expecting. Volunteers create an online profile including personal details and any specific skills they might have, after which they can contact hosts through the website and discuss a possible exchange.
Workaway is aimed at budget travellers and language learners looking to become more immersed in the country and culture they are journeying through while allowing local hosts to meet like-minded people who can provide the help they require. It has been described as a useful way to improve foreign language skills  as well as an opportunity to develop new talents and learn about local traditions.
The opportunities on offer are varied and based in a wide range of countries around the world. Some types of volunteering available include gardening, animal-care, cooking and farming, as well as more specialist and niche help requests.
Workaway charges the 'Workawayer' a yearly subscription fee to connect to hosts but does not charge the host a fee to list. The duration of an exchange can range from as little as a few days to over a year.
The idea for Workaway came about through the founder's travelling experiences. After extending his stay in Hawaii in the early 1990s by working in the hostel in which he was staying, he realized many travelers wanted to be more than just tourists. On returning home, he started offering a room in his own house in exchange for help on the land and the Workaway concept began.
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