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What is work exchange all about?

Hovos is a marketplace for connecting 'hosts' to 'volunteers'. A host needs help with something and in return for this offers accommodation and meals to the volunteer.

Examples of a typical host

  • French owner of a chateau needs help with maintaining the large garden
  • Family in Rome needs an au pair to care for their child
  • Spanish family wants to learn English

Typically volunteers offer their help and in this way reduce their travel expenses. Many of them are budget travelers, but they are also interested in meeting other people in other cultures and gaining experience in doing something.


As a volunteer you offer a helping hand in exchange for accommodation & meals.
Decrease your travel expenses and go further on your budget.

Meet locals while you travel and experience their unique culture as you help with their chores and projects.

Hosts who need help with their projects


As a host you offer accommodation & meals to travelers, who help you with a project in return.

Whatever projects you need to complete, our volunteers can help!

Create your project profile and find volunteers today.
Hosts can join 100% FREE of any charge !!

Volunteers willing to help you out.

Limited time offer: membership for just $10 / €10 for 1 year !

As we desperately need more traveling volunteers for our 2,000+ hosts, we have lowered the membership fee from $25 / €25 to just $10 / €10. This gives you full access to all hosts for 1 year and you can still order your free Travel SIM. Note: contacting hosts is only available for paying members

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