Here at Workaway it is inspiring to see how many “older” workawayers are using the site and it seems that the word is spreading.
Many people who have had a fulfilling career and learnt many useful skills along the way have either become disillusioned with the monotony of routine or are taking the opportunity to do now what they wish they had done when younger but for whatever reason did not. That being… to see the world and travel!
Of course we´re not talking here about taking luxury cruises or staying in a 5 star hotel being served drinks by the pool! We’re talking about being able to reach different projects and communities throughout the world and being able to utilize those skills learnt for the benefit of others.
The oldest successful workawayer we’ve heard about so far was 75 years old and travelled across Europe giving advice and helping where he could on different small holding projects. We know of “retired” builders who have used their trade to renovate, create eco buildings and provide expertise in areas where skilled help was very hard to come by.
Recently I visited a Workaway project in Southern Portugal ran by a couple who had bought an old ruined hotel and were renovating it to become Portugal’s first holiday centre for the disabled. It was inspiring to find a team of extremely capable, skilled workawayers who had given up their time to help develop this incredibly worthwhile scheme. Tilers, gardeners, ex-builders as well as enthusiastic backpackers were all living and volunteering together doing something incredibly beneficial and at the same time being able to experience life in a different country. This is what Workaway is all about!
I’ll leave you today with the thoughts of Jon and Sandra a couple of more mature and very skilled older workawayers who had become disillusioned with the rat race in England and so signed up to Workaway to experience different ways of living whilst searching for what they really wanted to do. Please forgive the bad filming, I need to practise!