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It’s been a couple months to upload my blog.
In fact, in the past 2 months, I was back in Vancouver where I was used to. I applied for a working holiday visa, but I did not know whether I can stay for a long until visa comes. And also I wanted to spend some time thinking alone. So I did not contact all friends in Van since I got back.
I was planning to work as an ece (early childhood educator) again for a while. While I was waiting for the visa, I was researching about where I work,and I was occasionally asked for a babysitter and I helped my fiend’s daycare sometimes. I thought that Canada ‘s working holiday visa comes down quickly, but that did not happen and I had to leave by the expiration day of the last visa. So I was thinking a lot about where I will go next. After researching countries where working holiday visa can be taken, I decided to go to Australia. Because Australia allows to get a visa by online and that takes really quickly and easily. So I could come without returning to Japan once. According to my research, prices are a bit high in Australia, but the hourly wages are quite good, so I could save some money. I was always thinking that I want to go to Australia one day, so I thought it was the timing.
Actually, I was also thinking going back to Japan for a while, stay at my friend’s house and work for a half year for saving money. So I told that my mother. But she said, “Once you return to Japan, you will forget English and Spanish that you learned, so do not come back to Japan. Go either in French or Spanish or wherever you can get a visa and stay. Go to another country and stay abroad. ” Suddenly It seemed foolish thatI was having a heady idea of whether she would be pleased when I tell her coming back to home country after a long absence. About three years ago, it was her who strongly pushed my back when I first decided to go to the Philippines, for the first time of going abroad.
This time I would like to introduce my experience of actually using workaway.
I am now teaching English at a local school in Colombia because I found the offer through workaway.
Two months ago when I was thinking how to live a few months living expenses in Uruguay before leaving Canada, my friend who has been traveling the world taught me about the workaway site.
Currently hosts are registered in this site from 170 countries around the world. That means that no matter where you go to any of the 170 countries worldwide, anyone can find a host. However it depends on a country how many host are registered. At most more than 300 hosts that you can find. Which means you have more than 300 options.
I was planning to learn Spanish in Uruguay and I was looking for a host, but I had half- year to study Spanish anyway. And I though that would be really great for me to study Spanish with being engaged in other national education in other Latin American countries instead of just focusing on studying Spanish in Uruguay. Because to know education of other countries is one of my biggest purpose and interest.
Countries close to Uruguay such as Argentina and Paraguay did not have much educational offering, and daringly extended the range of searching to Colombia and Peru. Among them, I applied for an offer of an English teacher in Colombia, and got Ok after an interview with the host. And in Peru I found a host offering a babysitter and contacted. Sooner the host said Ok kindly, so from November I’ll be a babysitter in the village Pisac located near Cusco, Peru.
As a point of looking for hosts, if you already decided to go to a country where you want to go, you should contact more than one host. If you know the date, contact as early as possible even a few months before.
The first time I began searching for hosts in Uruguay, I contacted to only one or two hosts, but I didn’t get reply at all. I finally contacted the fifth candidates that I chose and I got a reply quite sooner from the host in Colombia where I am staying right now and the host in Peru where I’ll go next. After all replies came from almost all host that I sent a contract, but some of them took a couple of months to send me back. Well, my schedule was quite hasty, though.
I would recommend to contract few or several hosts, because there are some cases that it’s already full of workawayers or the circumstances do not suit, hosts seek quite specific and high skill. There is timing and compatibility with the host.
Because of workaway, now I can be spending 0 cost unless I buy what I wanna buy following my greedy, while I’m in Colombia.
There are also some volunteer offers from local communities and NGO organizations, and you can get a volunteer opportunity with avoiding to pay $1000 or more expensive cost to some volunteer organization group. You can do volunteer work on equivalent exchange. It’s a fair, great deal, I think.
This time I’d like to introduce workaway site.
Unless you are a super rich aristocrat, you probably show know about this site before you travel. If you use this site, you would be able to travel around the world at no cost except transportation cost.
First of all, the mechanism consists of the host (host) side that offers accommodation and meals, and Workawayer (workawayer) that provides hours of work times for accommodation and meals.
Of course it is not a perfect convenient and easy way to get all meals and lodgings for all free. The host side want any helps for a hostel management, a person making a meal, helping a website creation, helping a house construction, a child’s babysitter, a language teaching activity, a gardening, etc. It really depends on needs of host side and they seek for temporary help. In addition, many hosts expect to interact with people from other countries and having different background and stories, not just want people to work. Some hosts want to improve their second language such as English or French or whatever they want through having conversation with workawayers. So interaction is one of big main parts to do workaway.
Many backpackers want to keep expenses as low as possible in workway work, but not only that, also they want to work closely with local people to get a new experience and to know the place, culture, people. If you want to just stay for free, you better to use Couch surfing.
In my opinion, it’s hard to get a local job in the countries where you go within your travel. For example, because of visa issues. Workaway is not an official job, so you can not receive salary legally, but if you think like that you are working and making the cost free to have meals and accommodation, you could regard you are working and earning money. That’s my opinion though.
But you can’t save money with workaway, so I think it is hard to live in that country for the rest of your life, but for those who want to travel around the world or those who want to explore the world, you could probably travel without any cost except transportation. It’s surely possible.
But it’s a challenge to use workaway, whether the Host is compatible with you or not, what kind of work you actually do. Everything you’ll see when you get the actual place. But it’s an exciting part, isn’t it?
About my experiences actually living now with using workaway will be introduced in ~ part 2 ~. If you got interested, please check the site. URL is right below.
I’m ashamed of myself that I didn’t know about Pablo Escobar and what happened in Colombia few decades ago until I watch Narcos on Netflix.
I think there are quite severe argument for and against.
But I am clearly for him.
I know terrorism is quite fear these days. But how come only handful people can watch all people through devices that most o people have lately. The biggest disappointment is they implemented that without asking or warning people and that was totally classified. That is absolutely nonsense. I think that is the point what people are furious. There is no fucking human right for people. I totally agree to him. I do not want to live with being monitored.
Speaking of his action, I admire him and respect him. He was still 29. He had a life, a girlfriend. If he didn’t attempt that, he would have a normal life. But he chose the risky dangerous path to believe his belief. If he couldn’t make it, he would have assassinated secretly. He bet his whole life for people’s human right.
Someday I want to meet him.
The world is going to move little by little.