From building an eco-village to managing a hostel, the range of opportunities available to volunteers on sites like HelpX, Workaway, and WWOOF are practically endless. I felt like I was living in a choose your own adventure book when reading the different host profiles. However, this wide gamut of possibility also means that there is an element of risk and surprise when arriving at a new host location. More often than not, the place is wonderful. Unfortunately, though you may find that a particular location, for whatever reason, is just not a good fit. And that’s okay.
After the sticker shock of Oslo and the tourist lifestyle of the past 10 days, we are eager to finally be heading to our first host.
“Are you Americans?” Hans asked as he extends his hand.