I was telling you here about my decision to join the volunteering wagon with Workaway.
Well I did it ..! Sort of. Only for 10 days.
And my conclusion about my experience? Do your Research. Ask questions. Make sure what you’re getting yourself into.
**I’ve wrote the first part of this post on day 3 of my experience – when a kind of homesickness, wondering what the hell I’m doing here phase – kicks in. I came to embrace it and recognise it as the Adjustment period. The first three days or so of getting to a new place, getting used to the house habits and so on. **
The family that I volunteered for wasn’t that bad – in my opinion, I think they just thought they had more work on their hands than they really had, so they went and offered 3 volunteers to come and stay with them.
And because apparently they were new to this whole thing, there were few things that I really did not appreciate, mostly the fact that they were treating us like house employees, and not like people that came there for an exchange..
For me, Workaway was great because:
I met new people, I saw how others live.
I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time in nature, and work with animals, sit by the beach with a book, read a bit more.
I’ve learned more (sort of) about vegan and vegetarian living, but also learned few new recipes.
It gave me PERSPECTIVE. Distancing yourself a bit, seeing the bigger picture is always good.
I saw a bit of the British countryside, a place where I would have not came if it weren’t for this opportunity.
And even though it has been quite a bumpy road, I will definitely volunteer again. It just made me realise that people are different, but we are all humans. Some of us are more open to change, some not so much.
Advice I would give to anyone who wants to try Workaway:
Do your research. Ask as many questions as possible, don’t be shy! Ask about working hours, what exactly you have to do and if the people are able to pick you up. Ask anything you want to know.
It’s an exchange, not a proper job. You are not an employee, you are there to help out in exchange for some new experiences, a new place and food. I’ve been unfortunate in this department: the people I went and stayed with considered me and the other two volunteers, employees – they would order us around, expect us to set table, clean after them and so on.
Be present. You’re there to experience something different. Make sure you get involved in the family life, ask about their passions and so on. Most people love to share. All you got to do is ASK.
Try new things. Don’t be afraid to try the new dish the family cooked for dinner. Or try horse riding, even if you never did it before. Or plant a flower. Or built a fence. It might seem scary and overwhelming at first, but the adrenaline rush you feel once you’ve done it: priceless.
Here are some photos that I posted from my time in Devon.
Until next time.
Peace, Love & Happiness,