Information for hippohosts

Work and travel

Hippohelp is a free platform connecting travellers with hosts. Hosts create volunteer opportunities across the globe where travellers can work in exchange for food and accommodation. Join our fantastic community today!

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Information for hippohosts

Hippohelpers are looking for an experience different to what they are used to in their own country, some are students taking a gap-year, some are professionals taking a career break, some are families with kids and some are retirees.

This means that they should be part of your family, team or community, and that you as a host should interact with them as much as possible. As a host you should also be interested in cultural exchange, and should provide accommodation and food for the travellers.

In exchange you'll meet people from all over the world who are happy to help with your projects. The offered help is usually 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, but this is something you and the traveller decide together.

Hippohosts running a business for profit should also offer monetary payments on top equal to at least the minimum wage of the country where the host is located. This can be offset by the food and accommodation on offer.

Some examples of fun and giving exchanges are eco-farms, language teaching, animal keeping, working as a crew member on a yacht, baby sitting, eco-building, cooking and general maintenance work. These are just a few examples, the list of interesting projects you can post on Hippohelp is endless.

As a host you'll place a hostmarker indicating your location on the map, once we've approved your marker it will be public to all users. Our registered users can contact you directly using our built in message system (your email address is never visible), and you'll get notifications to your mailbox on important events, such as when you receive a message or a friend request.

It's entirely up to you to offer or accept volunteers, we only help travellers and hosts finding each other.

You can also see travellers currently in your area, and reach out to them directly. You can find travellers by looking after orange travelmarkers on the map.

For more information, please take a look at our safety guide and FAQ section.