Volunteer Tammie


A German girl working in a remote hostel in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.. How did she end up here, what is she doing and what drives her to travel the world and discover new places?

In Knockree Hostel I spoke with Tammie from volunteer TammieFrankfurt, Germany. She is 18 years old and has been traveling around Europa for the last couple of months. She felt like she wasn’t ready to start studying yet and wanted to see more of the world first.. So what do you do in that situation? Travel and work where ever you like as a volunteer!

Last October she started at her first job in Norway, where she worked on an organic farm. Her job involved stuff like feeding the animals, cleaning and cooking. She found that job with Wwoof International, where they offer a lot of volunteer jobs for food and a place to sleep. On the website you can search by country and they will show you the jobs that are available. Unfortunately the place was a bit too “green” for Tammie: “She’s not a hippie” as she says herself!

So she started to search for something else and she found the website workaway.info. On that website you can see all the jobs available, and they will show you all the jobs all over the world. She found another spot in Norway: a really big villa with 24 rooms where she was helping with the general maintenance: painting, building a chicken house and fixing a car for example. This was a great place, but Tammie wanted to see more of the world, so she picked up her search again.

In December she went off to Iceland! She had found a guesthouse where she could help with the renovations. Besides that she was responsible for feeding the animals every day. That was an awesome place, and everything was provided! Every meal was cooked for her by the women who owned the guesthouse and she was a great cook. After a while she started to search for another job in Iceland but found one in Ireland. With Ryanair it was so cheap to fly to Ireland so she was like: Okay, let’s go there!

workaway.info is a website that provides all sort of volunteer jobs. According to Tammie, the best part of it is that you don’t have a contract and so you’re not attached to anything. In that way you can leave whenever you want to. If you don’t like the place you can go and search for something else. You don’t get paid for the work you’re doing but they have a rule: if you work for 5 hours a day, for 5 days a week you will get a place to sleep and 3 meals a day. If you work less than that, the host can chose to give you only a place to sleep and breakfast for example. Tammie recommends everybody try and volunteer for a couple of months. It is a really cheap and easy way to travel and to see a lot of the world, and to gain some experience!

If you got inspired by Tammie’s story, and you are looking for a volunteer job you can search in our hostel guide, and contact the hostel directly to see if they have something available for you!

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