Risks of Workaway.Info

Many of you may of heard of a website called workaway.info, let me tell you that I love it. Have just stumbled across the site back when I was in Portugal I wanted to spend my life using it. If you don’t know it you can essentially trade around 20-25 hours work a week for food and accommodation. Amazing yea?

My first one was incredible. Fixing windows in Portugal for a few weeks in the sun. Sounds good yea? So why wouldn’t I do another when offered some farm work with my girlfriend in Ibiza?

Things started to fall apart quickly. For one I sent the hosts and email saying our flight was delayed 15 minutes. We would now be landing at 9:30 pm.  We landed, I switched my phone on to an email reply telling me that’s too late. I mean what? It’s changed by 15 minutes. I was understanding and said we would save time by getting a taxi instead of a bus. 

Anyway so we arrived and the address given. Turned out to be a dirt track in the middle of nowhere. I went and found the nearest house which of course had no lights on but did have a loose dog barking at me. I wasn’t going in there more than once. So I ran in, dodging the dog, and knocked on the door. Obviously no answer. I went back to find my girlfriend sat in the dark wanting to leave. I was ready to do one to but where would we go? We were in the middle of nowhere with zero battery on our phones. I suggested sleeping in a near by barn which went down very badly. But then saved as a car appeared and asked us what we were doing. They pointed us in the direction of where we were going. A good 400 metres up the track. Well of course!

After a brief conversation we learnt of our accommodation. Pictures below.

And trust me these pictures don’t do it justice.
As a Brit and a Texan we should some grit and got to work the next day. The work was on a farm. That’s fine. As expected. But also expected was food. This is when you learn that the site doesn’t say they have to feed you a great deal. We went 4 days without an evening meal. Many days without breakfast.

So today, after 7 days, we left. Telling the Scottish land owner that ofter working 30 hours each in exchange for no food and a house only fit for rats wasn’t in the spirit of work aways. The lesson is to clarify everything before you agree to go somewhere. Especially if it’s an Island!!


One Comment Add yours

  1. I’m planning to work away sometime in the future, it’s good to read some bad experiences so i can also learn from mistakes others made. thanks for posting this


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