Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Web Secret 441: Workaway

I have reached the age where some of my older friends are considering retiring.

They are preparing for that milestone in a number of different ways.

For example, one couple I know is using Airbnb to explore cities around the US.

The thing is, if you retire at 65, you may have to fill in about 30 years of life with interesting and fulfilling activity.

I'm not sure playing 18 holes of golf then repeat is going to do it for most folks.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. is the 21st century version of the Peace Corps.

It's a quick and easy way to set up a volunteer/cultural exchange experience in over 150 countries around the world. The opportunities are incredibly varied and last as little or as long as you want them to.

Weirdly, Workaway is only marketing itself to Millenials - or so it seems in their promo video:

But all ages and even families are welcome into the program.

Here are examples of some of the incredible opportunities offered on the site:

Teach and get involved with community life in Cambodia

Volunteer in Finnish Lapland with huskies

Volunteers to help with landscaping and DIY-eco-construction in the wilderness near Montreal, Canada

Tanzania Volunteers Opportunity - help an NGO improve Masai communities

Help out in a hostel - high up in the Andes, in Ecuador

Hosts are rated Yelp style so you know what your getting yourself into.

Those huskies are calling my name.

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