What is a Position?
A position is a detailed description of the type of help you ask in exchange for accommodation - you can create as many positions as you need! For each position you need to specify:
Skills: Select up to 4 types of tasks/skills you need from the Worldpacker. It's important to select the skills that is really related with your need.
Hours: Select how many hours per day or week the WP is required to help. Please notice we have a recommendation of a limit of 30h per week.
Days off: Select how many days per week WPs will have to rest, enjoy the city and surroundings. We recommend at least 2 days off per week.
Benefits: Select all the benefits you can give in exchange for the worldpackers help.
Minimum/Maximum time to stay: The travelers’ motivation changes after a certain period of travelling. Because of that, we suggest you set 2 weeks as minimum, and a maximum of 2 months.
Availability: Select the months you have available to receive WPs, and how many of them you need, too! Travelers can't request to arrive and departure during the unavailable months.
Requirements: Set up your preferences on language, age, and other specific requirements, such as working visa or EU passport holders. By doing that, you’ll only get applications that fit your requirements.
Description: Give details of each position and how you expect the Worldpackers to perform them.
How to write an awesome profile description?
You can receive far more Worldpackers by making a few tweaks to your profile. The description is a great chance to capture the attention of a traveler: they want to know as much as possible about you and your place - or as we like to call it, their “home away from home”.
So the more information you give them, the better! Even giving information on cool things to do around the place in their spare time :) Just remember to be as honest as possible, since trust and reputation are at the core of our community. Travelers want to know who you are and why you decided to be a host. Explain why you want to receive Worldpackers and what you expect from them.
Here are 2 questions to help you out:
What unique experiences do you offer in your location ?
What is special about your city/town?
Which kinds of additional benefits should I offer?
Accommodation: Travelers want to know where they will sleep for the next few weeks or months. Remember that they are willing to help you out so they deserve a clean and comfy bed :) You can offer one of the following:
Shared dorm: a bed in a shared dorm with other guests or even staff members
Team dorm: a bed in a dorm just for staff members
Private room: a single room for a single guest
Tents: a camping area where they can put up their tents.
Meals: Offer at least one meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to WPs. When no meals are offered, they’re likely to apply to other hosts. Remember, food plays a big part when travelers plan their budget :) If not possible, let the travelers know if they can use your kitchen facilities to cook their meals!
Laundry: Stay cool. It’s no big deal if you can’t take care of their laundry, just let them know, so they know what to expect. If you know of nearby places where they can take care of their washing, remember to tell them when chatting.
These are the basic things we recommend you to offer the traveler. However, the more things you offer, the better! Your position will be more attractive to worldpackers and it's likely you'll receive more applicants. Here are some other additional benefits that make your position pop out:
Discounts or free things: events, tours, parties, drinks and much more can make a big difference when a traveler is in doubt! Work on your connections and make it happen! :)
Transportation: do you have bikes or surfboards on disposal? Can you pick up your travelers anywhere? Let them know!
Classes and courses: from dance classes to permaculture courses, if you think your traveler could enjoy those learnings, why not?
Certificate: did your Worldpacker take one of your amazing courses? Make sure he gets a certificate! :)
How do requirements for a Volunteer Position work?
Requirements are what the host needs from an applicant in order for them to apply for a position. It assures they’ll receive applications from travelers that they are actually in need of, and it also keeps them from wasting time checking applications that don't match them.
But remember, the more requirements the host selects for each position, the less applicants it will reach. We recommend you keep your reach at least 50% so we can assure you the apps you need. You can check that in a percentage range on your positions page.
Which kind of photos should I add?
The photo gallery is your best chance to attract WPs. Seriously! Photos make your profile more attractive and trustworthy, so feel free to upload the greatest photos of your facilities, bedrooms, common spaces, surroundings and activities you have at your place.
Here are a few tips for taking your own photos:
Resolution matters! Take photos that are at least 1024 x 683 px. When in doubt, a bigger photo is better.
Take your photos in landscape format. Vertical photos won’t show the best of what you’ve got.
Light up the room and take photos during the daytime.
Before taking photos, clean your space and remove any clutter. This will help make your location more inviting.
Highlight unique spots you have, show off your place!
The more photos you have, the more people will want to browse them.
A few photos showing happy, smiling guests, staff and travellers always work as a charm as well ;)
Why does Worldpackers recommed a maximum of 30h per week?
Worldpackers is a platform that connects Hosts and Travelers who are interested in cultural exchange and learning experiences, exchange skills for accommodation. So, receiving Worldpackers does not mean substituting a hired employee.
Therefore, we're orienting our Hosts to ask for a maximum of 30 weekly hours of help, with 2 days off. In this way, travelers can enjoy a lot more their time to know the place, the culture and collaborate with your project or business.
In case you need more than 30 hours of help per week, we advice you to receive more than 1 Worldpacker for the task. And, if you need help with that, do not hesitate in contacting us. We are here to help you to take the best out of this experience!
How do I edit my Photo Gallery?
Put your mouse over “Listing”, on the right top of your screen. There, you click on “Photo Gallery”, where you’ll find your current photos and edit options.
How do I change my personal photo?
Put your mouse over your pretty face, on the right top of your screen. There, you click on “Personal Photo”, where you’ll find the upload option.
How to record a great video for your property
- Use any camera you have, even your smartphone or tablet. If you have a professional one, even better. :)
- Be sure the place is well illuminated, so people can clearly see the facilities. It's better to record during the day.
- It’s important you record on Landscape (horizontal) orientation: they look much better!
- Maximum length: 5 minutes
But... What should I record?
Videos of 1-5 minutes of duration, containing:
- People interacting: Record happy people having a good time: interacting, collaborating, partying, eating, cooking, playing sports, arriving, saying farewell, etc.
- Collaboration: If you're hosting one or more worldpackers at the moment, you can record them collaborating, doing their daily activities and helping you out. Travelers love to see how your place works and how's the experience there.
- Your place: Record short takes of your place showing the street, the front of the building, rooms, garden, and surroundings.
- You! Strike a pose and don't be shy! Invite travelers to go to your place. It's great to see a friendly face when they arrive. Make sure you record this part in a quiet place.
About the visual identity of your videos...
- If you can, add Worldpackers' logo on the top right corner. Download it here.
- If you want you can add some music to your video: Here is a library full of free music for you to choose.
Your video will be removed if you use copyright songs! :(
To inspire you, here are some good examples of videos:
How to upload the video to my profile?
For now, you'll have to upload the video to YouTube first. Learn how here.
Or you can send it to us and we'll do that for you! Use Wetransfer or Dropbox and send Ana, our Host Guru, the link through her e-mail (email@example.com)
- Wetransfer: Learn how here.
- Dropbox: Learn how here.
After doing that, follow the steps below:
Click on "manage listing", as you normally do to edit the details of your Bat Cave profile (by the way, if you didn't know, Batman does live in Brazil with Alfred).