A new travel work exchange website just launched recently: WorkingTraveller.com
Has anyone heard about this one yet?
There are several work exchange or volunteer sites out on the internet to connect people who have jobs that need to be done with willing workers. WorkingTraveller goes beyond Willing workers to connect you with Skilled workers. Many travelers have professional training in a wide variety of fields. The site allows hosts to seek out travelers with specific talents or experience and lets skilled workers utilize their trade as they travel.
Picture a backpacker who works at home as a plumber. He could look up short-term plumbing jobs around the world, and bounce around for free in exchange for using his skills.
What kinds of jobs could you find around the hostel for a skilled traveler? Maybe you’re in the market for a carpenter, electrician, constructor, painter, photographer, musician, auto mechanic, HVAC specialist, surfboard repairman, bartender, babysitter, lifeguard, receptionist, housekeeper, tree trimmer, bus driver, dump truck operator, or something else entirely. Just post the job, the timeframe, and the skills that you’re looking for, and let skilled travelers find you.
Many sites charge a traveler for each country’s job listings separately. WorkingTraveller offers work exchange listings worldwide for free, and for a flat rate of 10€ per year a traveler can add references from hosts to their profile to gain more credibility and better paid jobs. Hosts can register for free, and there is no fee to list a job.
In order to be fair to both parties, the value of the work exchange is based on a system of barter points. One night in a dorm bed, a day’s worth of food, and a night out on the town might be worth 1 point each. A plumbing job might be worth 3 points, so the exchange could be an even trade. If there is a difference, a value is determined based on the cost of services in the host city and the extra amount can be paid or collected.
When an exchange is completed, the host and the worker can leave reviews of each other. The site will compile the reviews, which the worker can add to their CV as references to show off all of their international experience.
WorkingTraveller just launched a few weeks ago, and they already have over 100 hosts with jobs available. When they reach 1000 hosts they will launch a marketing campaign to recruit an equivalent number of working travelers. Since anyone could be a host and list any type of job, I don’t see 1000 being a hard number to reach.