A few years ago, James and Shirley from the Workaway Team found themselves on the back of a motor bike negotiating the vibrant streets of Hanoi in Vietnam visiting Kitty and her wonderful family. At the same time on the other side of the world founder David and our marketing whiz Alicia were in Costa Rica trekking up to visit this wonderful surf camp in Tamarindo and a secluded jungle lodge in a remote community on the Caribbean coast…
Whilst our site is run by a very small team of like-minded travellers, our goal is to keep the Workaway experience as rich and genuine as possible. And we want to continue to grow our community based around people, story-telling and cultural exchange… through the help of our very own community members!
Because adventures are better when shared!
The Workaway journey is in itself a personal one. Since David started the concept 14 years ago by offering a room in his own house in exchange for help, the idea has grown and developed into a global movement.
Although we’d love to have as many adventures as we could, it is simply impossible for our small team to visit every single host and meet every single Workawayer! At the same time, we’ve been hearing so many amazing travel stories through the great photos, videos, even podcasts online (!) from Workawayers all over the world. This is why we are now finally on another global search to seek out experienced Workawayers who share the same philosophy we try to promote, and are on a mission to help inspire the others to take on the world!
So you ask..what is a Workaway Ambassador?
Workaway Ambassadors are the faces of the Workaway community; they are determined to take on the world, to visit workaway hosts, to meet fellow volunteers, and to help build a sharing global community who genuinely want to travel and see the world whilst giving back to the places they visit.
From individuals, couples and families, ambassadors help to tell their own stories as well as those of the others, showing that volunteering is not impossible but in fact has the potential to define your life.
(video credit: workaway ambassador Daniele)
Our new Workaway Ambassadors are recognised by one of these brand new badges that are displayed on their profile:
They are Workawayers who’ve got an inspiring travel story to tell, and they are also some of our most travel savvy members with great means to share their first-hand Workaway experiences, either through social media or through direct contact with travellers. All Ambassadors begin with the bronze tier, and have a chance to upgrade to silver and finally gold as they actively continue their community engagement work.
Our OG Ambassadors are our most valued Workawayers nominated by us to represent Workaway in various countries and to promote the site while travelling. They are members Workaway team know personally and have strategic goals to achieve. We only give out this badge to a few very special Ambassadors whom we have built some form of work relationship with, and you will recognise them by this badge on their profile, indicating their commitment through the years.
Fundamentally, Ambassadors are Workawayers like you and me!
They are helping to build the community by showing that responsible and ethical travel has the ability to genuinely make a difference to the communities they visit…And they are those on the ground, pushing to go beyond the tourist trail, meeting real people and learning first hand about what works, what doesn’t and how we can do better. This doesn’t only help us improve your Workaway experience, but also helps to showcase your story and to inspire others.
Now that you know what a Workaway Ambassador is, why not get involved too?