A workaway experience

A workaway experience

I’ll be honest, this was our first time doing a ‘workaway ‘and I’m not sure whether I’ll jump at the chance to do it again.

For those of you who don’t know what a workaway is you can check out the website.  You basically work for a host which may include; weeding, teaching english, chores or looking after the kids in return for food and accommodation. Families from around the world advertise on this website with what jobs they need, how much you will have to work and what time of year they need somebody.

IMG_1653Picture above: The chore list

In theory this sounds great, and we did save a load of money. But i’m not sure whether it was worth all the hassle. We spent two weeks at our workaway which was located 40 mins outside Sydney. Our chores were mainly weeding, cleaning and walking the dog. Which all sounds fine, if our host was a lovely/ friendly kind of person.  I think as well because we were 40 minutes outside Sydney, we often became too comfortable. You could probably find us lounging by the pool or just chilling around the house, because we were just so comfortable.

Picture below: Taking the dog Cara for a walkIMG_1660The woman we lived with was quite frankly mad! One day she would be lovely and the next not so lovely. I got blamed for the majority of things going wrong, even though they weren’t my fault. We, (well mostly me) got told off for things like not washing the bubbles off the plates when washing up, or cutting foods on the wrong chopping board or not cleaning the cupboards in the correct way. Basically nothing was ever good enough. By the time the first day ended, I was all ready to leave. Our first job on our first evening was to help serve food at a rotary party.  From then I realised the more stressed she is, the meaner she was. I would sometimes go to bed upset because it all got too much.

However like I said before. We saved heaps and heaps of money whilst living there. We got to experience things I wouldn’t normally do.  She took us on the lowest flying flight over Sydney, where we got to see first class and play around with the chairs. She took us to a beach and some lovely restaurants.

The picture below is us with our tickets ready to fly over Sydney with Qantas and the rotary club. 

Workaway is a great concept if you find the right host family. Looking at her reviews they were all positive. But I can’t help but feel disappointed with my workaway experience. On the last night, she had become ill.. and because I thought she was sleeping in her room, I never checked on her. I later got shouted at for not checking up on her as she supposedly was passed out in her vomit on the floor. I didn’t realise the job was to take care of her.


My workaway experience was unfortunately not a positive one, but please don’t let me put you off!, check out workaway for yourself.

Would love to know if you have had a positive or negative experience.





  1. 02/01/2016 / 03:46

    Hi! I think I did about 5 workaways while I was travelling in Europe. 3 were absolutely amazing, another was just okay and the last was very hard work & hard living conditions (but amusing in retrospect).
    So my advice to you would be to give it another chance. Unfortunately, I don’t think you ever really know what a workaway will be like in advance – I think people are hesitant to leave negative reviews (should they receive one in retaliation) & you can only tell so much about a person from their profile. I guess it makes sense to exchange a few emails and make a judgement call as best you can.

    • 02/01/2016 / 14:32

      Thank you for your comment 🙂
      I think I will give it another go, it’s a great way to save money. I’m tempted to put a bad review, but don’t want to get a bad one in return. Exactly, thanks for the advice 🙂 x

      • 04/01/2016 / 01:32

        No worries! Its also great for a ‘cultural exchange’ if you’re staying some place quite different from home.

  2. 25/01/2016 / 00:07

    Interesting post, it’s not always beautiful, this is true. Thank you to share this experience 🙂

    • 08/02/2016 / 19:14

      Thank you for the comment Travelwithalexita! I’m hoping my next experience will be a better one 🙂

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