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Is fruit picking difficult?

Fruit picking is a repetitive physical activity and will generally leave you feeling like you’ve just finished a grueling workout.

If you've done it before, you'll know what we're talking about. If you haven't, talk to people who have and they'll tell you that planting, picking, weeding and packing are quite easy, but physically challenging.

Like being out in nature with the sunlight on your face and wind through your hair? Want to get in shape during your next trip?

You're sure to enjoy fruit picking.

Fruit picking and harvest work have always been backpackers' back-up plan during financial straits.


Is it peak harvest season? Is your crop calendar telling you it's time to start planning harvesting and packing?

You'll probably need some help unless you have a large enough worker population to leverage. You may also be looking at ways to cut down on the labor costs of fruit picking. If that's the case, we can make the job of finding fruit pickers easy for you.

On Hovos, you'll find a number of enthusiastic travelers volunteering for your fruit picking project. In exchange for meals and accommodation they will help you get the work completed. It's a win-win for you and the volunteer.

Wins from this experience

As a host you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). You’ll be able to get more work done without any huge increases in costs. Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of their travelers – it’s a great experience and exchange.

Travelers interested in fruit picking

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Fruit picking will take you to remote towns or beautiful countrysides. As you work and live with other workers, you will come to understand the local culture better than if you were to stay at a hotel in the city or town center. This is your chance to not just observe locals but be around them and live like any one of them!

Fruit picking is more than just harvesting and picking fruit. It is also about sharing a sense of community and fostering resilience. If such experiences are important to you, consider this project seriously.

Of course, as an added bonus you will have plenty of time to explore the local area and you don't have to worry about the costs of accommodation and food.

In return for your fruit picking assistance, your host will provide you with meals and comfortable shelter.

Some fruit pickers who do the job for money may complain that they are overworked and underpaid. The reason could simply be that they have unwittingly ended up working for the wrong people.

Hovos gives you an opportunity to interact with potential hosts in advance, so you can decide who you want to assist with their project.

Also, as being paid is not your sole goal, you won't have the misgivings of those who take up the job to earn cash.

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Wins from this experience

Fruit picking is one of our most popular projects. The adventure draws many backpackers to scenic areas, and as such, the competition can be quite tough! Having said that, there are also plenty of fruit picking jobs during the busy harvest period. We advise you to sign up quickly and set sail for the experience of a lifetime!

Hosts that need help in fruit picking

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What is the cost to sign up as a Host or Traveler?

Traveler Membership: $10/Year This gives them full access to all hosts as well as a FREE Travel SIM. However, they can create an account for free so they can start ‘favoriting hosts’ and build their profile - but advanced features such as contacting hosts will be unavailable until they become members.

Host Membership: $0/Year It is free for hosts to sign up and they can begin contacting travelers immediately.

An additional advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members can build up more trust by verifying their mobile phone and passport as well.

Are you interested in different types of work?

If you’re not interested in seasonal work or you need help with a different type of project, there are many other categories available. Once you sign up, you can select as many different categories as you like.

Hovos offers language practice, help with art projects, gardening, internet support, tourist support and many other options!