Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Swapper?

A Swapper is someone who can offer skills of any kind to a family or business.  In exchange for their skills, they usually receive food and accommodation, so effectively live for free.

What is a Swaphost?

A Swaphost is any person, business, family, or project that is able to offer some kind of food and accommodation.  In exchange for sharing these basic necessities, they receive help from a skilled worker, for free.

How does it work?

Swap Work for Travel is the ultimate matching service.  We allow Swappers and Swaphosts to contact each other, therefore enabling each party to share what they have in exchange for what they need.

What does swapworkfortravel.com provide?

Swap Work for Travel provides the opportunity for travellers to travel long term, virtually for free.  We provide the opportunity for families and businesses to have skilled help for free.

What benefits do you get if you become a host?

As a Swaphost, you will have access to our large network of travellers who want to share their skills with a project like yours.  You will be able to hand pick the people you want to help you, see reviews the traveller has received from previous hosts, and the potential to improve your project virtually for free.

What benefits do you get if you become a swapper

As a Swapper you have the ability to contact our network of Swaphosts and arrange somewhere in the world to stay for free in exchange for some of your time.  You get to travel with world virtually for free and make a real difference by sharing your skills with someone who needs it, helping their lives while they help you travel longer. Many Swappers travel from one Swap to the next, for years on end!

How do I contact hosts?

You can contact hosts by clicking on the ‘contact’ button in the hosts profile.  This button is only available once you’ve paid your membership fee.

What is expected of me as a Swapper?

Usually you will be expected to volunteer around 5 hours per day or 25 hours per week in exchange for food and accommodation. Conditions and agreements may vary depending on the skills you can offer and the requirements of each host. It’s really important you communicate as much as possible beforehand with your hosts so that you both understand each other's expectations.

Can you arrange a visa for me?

Sorry, we cannot arrange visas. We just provide the portal for Swap Hosts and Swappers to find each other.

What countries can I Swap in?

You can contact any of the hosts on this website, or you can post your own availability in any country you wish to visit in your ‘wishlist’.  Sometimes this can encourage a host in that country to sign up if they are looking for the skills you offer.

Can hosts search for me?

Yes, Swaphosts can search for and contact Swappers by skills and country. That’s why it’s so  important you provide up to date accurate information about your skills as well as the dates and places you are travelling to.

How do I contact the Swap Work for Travel team?

You can contact us on facebook or here. We would love to hear from you!  Tells us your suggestions and comments and Swap experiences too.

Will you sponsor my trip?

No. However if you want to swap your skills for travel, check our current positions available.

What is the minimum age for using this website?

The minimum age for volunteering in most countries is 18. This is the minimum age we would recommend. However the host can choose to host someone younger if they wish. Minors accompanying their parents are also accepted on some family projects.

What is the maximum age for using this website?

There is no maximum age. In fact many Swaphosts prefer Swappers with more life experience.

Can we Swap as a family?

Yes it is possible, just look for Swaphosts who can accommodate families.

Can I Swap in a group?

Yes, but each member of the group must have their own Swapper profile.

How does Swap Work for Travel work?

When you sign up as a Swapper you can access the host list for 1 year and contact host families, NGO‘s or projects directly to share your skills. Swapping is a cultural exchange, you offer a few hours of your skills in exchange of food and accommodation. To register as a Swapper: Kindly click here

How do I change or reset my password?

Just enter your email address in the "forgot your password" link in the login box and click on "Reset password". You will receive an email containing a link to reset your password. Make sure you use the email address that you have registered with the site!

Can I change my email address?

Email addresses and names need to be changed by us. Send us an email from the original account that you registered with, let us know both your old and new email addresses, and we will do this for you.

I can’t login

Please check the following:

  • That you are logging-in with the correct box, either the Swapper or Swaphost box.
  • That you are typing the correct username and password.
  • That you are not using an old username or password.

If you are still having problems please contact us with your original email address and/or username and we will reissue you a password manually.

Do you have any jobs or employment?

Maybe :) Sometimes we list Swapper opportunities, so check the host listings.  If you’re really keen to work with us, let us know how you can contribute to our business.

Can I use Swap Work for Travel to find paid employment?

No, Swap Work for Travel is for cultural exchange or sharing skills and a way of making new friends. It is not a way for hosts to substitute paid employees with volunteers.

How do I pay?

By clicking the paypal button after filling in your details and creating your profile on the Swapper. Paypal handle payments on our behalf. They are the biggest online payment system in the world and accept all major credit and debit cards.

Do you know how I can get a visa?

While we provide links to relevant embassies, you’re going to have to do your own homework to find out exactly what kind of visa you need, and how to get it.

Does my membership automatically renew?

Yes, your membership will renew each year.

How can I cancel my membership?

Simply login to your account, and click cancel membership.

How long is my membership fee for?

Your membership lasts 1 year, and will renew automatically each year until you cancel.

What information can people see about me?

You can control what people see about you in your membership area.  If you post publicly, people will be able to see your profile picture and any information you write about yourself.  If you post a private profile, only users signed in as Swaphosts will be able to view your profile.

How do you protect my privacy?

We never pass on any of your information to any third party.  We only use your information to allow Swaphosts and Swappers to contact each other.

How do I know Swap Work for Travel is not a scam?

You can see our testimonials from people who have been using our system.  You can visit our facebook page and interact with real people who are Swapping too!