In my experience of Workaway it’s best to have all the nitty gritty details out in the open before you arrive. If you both know what’s been agreed and you’re both happy with it, you’ll find you’ll have a much better experience. After all, you don’t want any surprises when it comes to where and who you sleep with, and what and when you eat, do you?
What’s the exact address and how will I get there? This is your chance to subtly try and get them to pick you up. Some of the locations can be right out in the sticks – difficult if you don’t speak the language and have a huge backpack.
How many hours will I work a day? The Workaway guidelines state five, but I did a lot more on my Italy project, and a lot less in the Czech Republic. It’s best to know beforehand so you’re both on the same page.
How many days a week? Again, the recommendation is five, but you never know.
What can I do on days off? Make sure you ask about the transit options in the area too. When I worked in the Czech Republic my host, John, had a car we could use, although I never did. In Italy we couldn’t get anywhere but walk to the local town, and in Spain we tried to work out the bus timetable to no avail. This is also a good chance to find out if anything cool is happening or there’s something epic around to see.
How much money will I need and are there cashpoints about? Whether you have an international bank account or one based in your own country you’ll want to make sure to withdraw some cash before you start your project. Some of the Workaway placements can be very remote and finding an ATM may be difficult, never mind getting money out. Check the situation with your host before you arrive.
Where will I sleep? My 3 projects were very different. In one I had my own apartment, another a room in her house and the last one a room in a different house he owned.
How many meals are included and what sort of things do you eat? When I had the apartment my host bought us food to cook for ourselves, but on both the other projects our meals were cooked for us and we ate with the hosts. Our host in Italy was an incredible cook but she barely ate. It was 10/11pm before we had dinner and after all the work we’d done all day I was ravenous and could’ve eaten a scabby dog. Make sure you take some supplies in your bag if you worry they won’t feed you enough. This is the time to tell them about any allergies or food issues you have.
Do you have Wi-Fi? A TV? Bikes? A pool? Anything that you’re bothered about, now’s the time to ask. If I went somewhere and they didn’t have Wi-Fi the tears would start to flow. I didn’t check this in Spain and ended up sitting at the local bus stop to connect to the village-wide Wi-Fi. This was not fun.
Will there be any other Workawayers? Always good to know if there’s anyone else about to have fun with.
Hope you find these tip offs useful – just make sure you ask any questions you have beforehand as you might not like the answer when you’re there.