If you want to explore the world for fun, then there are also some opportunities for you.

  • Couchsurfing - The famous Couchsurfing, you might already know everything about it, but anyways.
  • Interrail - More and more popular among backpackers, Interrail will take you everywhere by train.
  • Wwoofing - Want to go off the beaten track, being active in organic farms might just be the right opportunity for you.

TRAVEL

Couchsurfing

Short Description – Not a mobility experience as such, but a must-know tip if you don’t have friends all over the world yet. All over the world, people are opening their doors and will let you stay at their place for free. The idea is not to benefit off of free accommodation but to live a true intercultural experience in sharing unforgettable moments with kind hosts. Maybe the most flexible way to be mobile!

Who can apply? – Everyone.

How long is it? – Basically as long as you want.

Destinations – All over the world.

Documents needed – None.

Whom to contact?  – Visit the Couchsurfing website for more information. 

Benefits – You will gain: organisational skills and flexibility, a very active and interpersonal mobility experience, new friends and a new perspective on the countries you visit.

Tips – Your host will accommodate you for free, so bring a small gift as a “thank you”, like a little souvenir or some special treat from your region or your city! Offering to cook for your host and exchanging recipes is a great way to make CouchSurfing a true learning and intercultural experience.

 

Interrail

Short Description – Interrail is a specific mobility opportunity. While it is not covered by any kind of scholarship, it is a unique way to gain mobility experience and travel for a very reasonable price. Interrail offers different train tickets that will allow you to travel within one country or all over Europe for a certain period of time. It is one of the best ways to enjoy a backpacking journey all over Europe.

Who can apply? – Everyone.

How long is it? – From 10 days up to 4 weeks.

Destinations – You can travel in up to 30 European countries. 

Documents needed – None

Whom to contact? – Visit the Interrail website for more information.

Benefits – You will gain: organisational skills and flexibility, a very active and interpersonal mobility experience, new friends and a new perspective on the countries you visit.

Tips – Interrail is all about travelling and exploring European countries and cities. Preparation and organisation is very important to make this journey an unforgettable experience. 

 

Wwoofing

Short Description - WWOOF stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms” and enables people to live and volunteer in a variety of organic properties while being hosted voluntarily by the owners. In exchange for food and accommodation, volunteers (WWOOFers) help with the farm and in the home for 4-6 hours a day. If you want to have hands on experience, learn and share organic and sustainable ways of living then WWOOF might be for you. WWOOFinng is as flexible and diverse as you can imagine: you can end up producing cheese in the Alpes, building irrigation systems in Zimbabwe or work on harvesting olives in the south of Spain.

Who can apply? – Minimal age to apply is 16.

How long is it? – Duration of the stay needs to be defined between the participant and the host.

Scholarship - Accommodation and food are provided by the host.

Destinations – More than 60 countries have national Woofing groups.

Documents needed - /

Whom to contact? – Check if the country you want to go to has a national woofing group (you may have to pay a membership fee) and ask for information and assistance. If the country does not have such a group, check out the general platform for information about the country of your choice.

Benefits – You will gain : knowledge and insight about organic farming and different lifestyles, Intense interpersonal and intercultural experience thanks to your host, a very active and grounding mobility experience, life skills and new perspective on the countries you’re visiting.

Tips – Woofing is an off-the-beaten-track experience and you have to be sure to be fit for it, but if you go for it, you can be sure to be rewarded with an exceptional human experience. It is a very interesting way to discover a country and a culture in a different perspective.