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WWOOF, HelpX and Workaway sound too good to be true: stay with a host and eat for free in exchange for a bit of help on interesting projects around the world. If you’re looking for cheap holidays in Greece and are willing to pitch in (and pay the very small joining fee), you can do anything from helping injured sea turtles to building eco-lodges, picking fruit, creating art or even babysitting. If chilling on the beach is important to you, consider extending your time abroad by planning a working holiday after a backpacking trip or package holiday.
These programs are completely legitimate – WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) led the way when it launched in 1971, and allows travellers to pick from over 6,000 projects in 80 nations around the world. Workaway and HelpX followed, and offer a wider range of opportunities both on and off the farm.
Reviews make it easy to choose hosts carefully and safely; most are fascinating people who love to meet people from around the world. Before leaving home, clarify exactly what is expected of you and what your host will supply in return; working holidaymakers should be friendly with their hosts and fellow workers, so don’t hesitate to strike up a friendship online before you go.
Here are three projects on offer in Greece this year, if a cheap summer of Mediterranean sun, sand and history appeals to you:
This small family vineyard is looking for a couple to help with vineyard management , winery experience and farm work. Holidaymakers can stay for 2-5 weeks in exchange for accommodation and vegetarian meals, and the farm is near public transportation links to Athens.
Look after a herd of friendly Skyrian horses on the stunning and wild island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea. The farm is near the sea and a pine forest, and is looking for helpx-ers to stay for three weeks or more; feather-weight travellers will also have opportunity to ride and train the ponies.
Look after two young children in Corfu and help them learn English, while lending a hand with the family’s computer. If that doesn’t float your boat, the same family is looking for young people to help for a month (or longer) at their hotel and hostel near the beach.