Work & Volunteer

Below are a few different job sites/opportunities that I’ve come across and found useful. This list is by no means complete, but it could be a good starting point for your own job/volunteer hunt.

Job Listings

Angel List: If you want to work at a start-up company, this is the place to begin your search.

Flexjobs: This site focuses on remote/telecommuting jobs. The curators verify each listing, so your chances of finding something legitimate are pretty good. But this comes at a cost: you have to pay $14.95 per month to use the site. Worthwhile? Maybe–I haven’t tried it myself.

GumTree: A UK-based website, they also operate in Australia and South Africa. GumTree is like Craig’s List in that you can buy/sell stuff as well as find local jobs.

Indeed: One-stop shopping for local job searches, especially in the US. I found my past two jobs on Indeed and definitely would recommend it. You can easily apply to many jobs using your Indeed profile, but adding a personal touch to every application is always a good idea.

RatRaceRebellion: This site compiles TONS of ideas for work-at-home jobs.

SEEK: The place to start your job search… if you’re in Australia. I’ve heard that many people who take advantage of Australia’s working holiday visa use SEEK to find their gigs.

ZipRecruiter: Similar to Indeed, ZipRecruiter is a database that allows you to search for work based on location, salary, and other factors.

Work Online Anywhere

Listverse: Listverse is always looking for new content. Submit an interesting list on any topic (must have at least 10 items and provide sources) and if they publish it, you’ll get $100 via PayPal.

TranscribeMe: Transcription service that pays $20 per audio hour of transcription. From what I’ve heard, work is slow and spotty in the beginning, but it can pick up quickly as you improve your skills and become comfortable with their style guide.

UpWork: Great place to find freelance gigs if you have skills in writing, copyediting, proofreading, web design, and more. Contracts vary in duration and compensation. You can find anything from a $5 gig to help someone edit a document to a large, on-going project.

VIPKid: Unique website that allows people with a college degree and some teaching experience to teach children ages 4-18 in China. You can live anywhere in the world as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Volunteer Opportunities

CADIP: Volunteer anywhere in the world from 1 week to 12 months. Projects vary based on location. Fees to participate are reasonable and include room and board.

HelpX: HelpX (short for Help Exchange) offers the chance to work in exchange for food and lodging almost anywhere in the world. Registration is free.

Idealist: While Idealist does offer some job and internships opportunities with non-profits, it is primarily a volunteer-focused site. This is where I found my gig at Wild Sun Rescue Center in Costa Rica. There are opportunities around the globe and there is no fee to use its services.

International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ): Volunteer for up to three months in the country and doing the project of your choice. This is self-funded, but the fees are reasonable and cover most of your living expenses while abroad. Like WWOOF (below), Workaway offers the opportunity to do light work in exchange for room and usually board. Some places may even pay a modest amount, but those gigs are rare. You can find opportunities to do just about anything in the world. It is free to browse but costs $34 per year for membership access = the ability to contact hosts.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF): Do work exchange on an organic farm in virtually any country. The length of your stay and the amenities included in the exchange vary by farm. You have to pay for your own travel and any additional living expenses beyond basic needs. There is an annual membership fee (around $20 per year for most countries) to be able to connect with farms in the country of your choice.