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Are you specifically looking for volunteering opportunities that involve forestry?

Would you rather spot bobcats in a forest than take care of a domesticated cat at your host's house?

Forest work can run a spectrum of tasks. Your assistance may be needed in cutting trees, mechanical help with machines, transportation of timber, or eco-projects involving farming. Your hosts may request your help supervising their kids whilst they are at work in the forest.

Expect to work hard and sweat it out. Forestry is physically strenuous so unless you're fit and willing to handle machines, you may find the project quite challenging. Having said that, we want to add that the particulars of the job will be stated by your host during your online interactions with him/her. Understand their requirements and expectations carefully before agreeing to volunteer for their project.

Think you're up to more robust tasks out in the wild? If yes, then you will find this project interesting.


Hovos links travelers with hosts who have a labor shortage for carrying out forest work. As a host taking in a foreign traveler - mostly students - you provide accommodation and food free of cost.

In return, the individual you're hosting will help out with tasks you've assigned to him/her.

Our volunteers are intelligent, honest and willing to learn. They're responsible individuals, knowing fully well that they have to make good on their project in order to enable a comfortable, economical stay in a foreign country. They may also lend a hand with basic tasks around the house, such as cleaning, gardening and maintenance work.

Wins from this experience

As a host in forest work you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of the volunteer, which can broaden up its view in life.

Volunteers interested in forest work

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If you have experience with forest work, you'll be a natural in the great outdoors of that dream destination you've always wanted to visit. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the jungle, and indulge in wildlife viewing. Depending upon the location, you may encounter a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. There will be photo opps galore, so take out some time to capture the natural beauty of the jungle.

Interested in plants and their many uses? Your host may point out medicinal or rare herbs, flowers and trees during your stints in the forest. After you're done with work or on days when workers get a day off, you can plan a picnic in the forest and enjoy it in a more relaxed and leisurely way.

Wins from this experience

As a volunteer for forest work, you won't get paid in cash (a generous host may give you a stipend), but your host will provide you free food and accommodation throughout your stay on their premises. You will get the opportunity to work alongside locals and mingle with the townsfolk. You can learn the local language, teach them yours, and enjoy a real cultural experience.

Hosts that need help in forest work

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What is the price of hosting or volunteering in forest work?

Are you interested in hosting or volunteering in forest work and are you curious about the payment? At Hovos, there are two options for hosts and volunteers concerning payment.

You could join Hovos for free and you pay a service fee or you could become a member and you pay an annual membership fee. Non-members will have to pay 10 dollars or 10 euros when a host and a volunteer agree on a help-offer through Hovos. Members will have to pay an annual payment of 25 dollars or 25 euros without additional costs.

The advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members could build up more trust by adding their mobile phone and passport.

Do you need help from different kinds of expertise?

Are you not looking for forest work, but you need help on other expertise? At Hovos, you can easily select the expertise you need help in.

Hovos offers animal care, art project, gardening, internet support, computer help and many other kinds of expertise.