The Worldpackers travelers are driven by the purpose to help, transform and collaborate with other people, projects or business during their trips. Here are some frequently asked questions about them to help you during the collaboration!
Do I need to pay the WPs?
No. Our philosophy at Worldpackers is based on exchanging skills for accommodation without financial incentives. In a nutshell, the WP works a few hours in return for a free bed and, sometimes, other types of rewards, like any meal, laundry service or discounts you as a host wants to offer! Some hosts offer the possibility of making money through tips and other activities, but this is really up to you to decide with your Worldpacker. So long as you’re both happy, we’re happy!
Do I need to worry about their visa and insurance?
We ask all of our travelers to check what documents they need wherever they may be travelling. We also recommend they take travel insurance and check if any vaccines are needed in the countries they are applying to. It is their responsibility to ensure they have all the required documents to have a safe travel.
How to mix my paid staff with the WPs’ collaboration?
If you’re a hostel, for example, you might know that many hostels mix paid staff with international volunteers. In our view, this is the best way to maintain the hostel’s standards while ensuring staff remain motivated! Paid staff know how your place works and can train the WPs, while the travelers are always willing to learn and sharing their best skill whenever possible. They can also be great for collecting guests feedbacks or giving another perspective on where your business could improve. You’ll have the best of both worlds, creating a positive environment, keeping guests energized and reducing staff owner costs!
What are my obligations with the WPs?
We are a community based on trust, so make sure you and the WP are open and honest in your lines of communication. Your listing and position descriptions should be as clear as possible in terms of what you offer - and you should commit to that! The WP will plan according to what is stated over there, so this is the main point you as a host should consider to make the collaboration healthy for both sides.
What do I need to know about them before approving?
When recruiting travelers to live an experience at your place, it's not only necessary to find the ones who have the skills that you're looking for, it is also crucial to recruit travelers who have a good fit with your place's atmosphere and values.
There are 2 things that are crucial for you to understand and align with the travelers before pre-approving them:
Understand the traveler's personality and motivation
Align expectations about what the traveler should expect from your place
In the end, it's all about making the travelers aware of your place's vibe! The easiest way to do that is through our Screening Questions, those are questions that every traveler has to answer before applying to your place. That means that you'll know a lot about the traveler even before talking to them! See more about it in “Listing & Positions”
Why do they pay a fee to the Worldpackers website?
All travelers can search, apply and talk to as many of our hosts they wish, all for free. The payment will only be made if and when confirming their stay with a host, paid once per host. You’ll find the fee located in each position you have, inside a blue square. It’s our way to charge for connecting the traveler and the host, so we are able to provide all the attention and care travelers will need before, during, and after the trips — such as, matchmaking, travel support (known as Travel Buddy!) and review system. It is what sustains Worldpackers.In the end, the trip is much more than an opportunity to experience any place in the world, it is an epic cultural exchange from which both of you can benefit :D
Can the WP leave at any time?
Both hosts and travelers are free to end the experience at any time they want. However, we recommend that both parts communicate with at least 3 days prior the intended departure date and clearly about its reasons. In that way, the traveler will have time to contact us and we will do our best to assist him finding another host, and the host will have time to find another Worldpacker to take his place.
Do I need to approve all of them?
No. When you’re looking for someone to collaborate with you, this person should be a great fit not only for the help you need, but mostly for the environment you have in your place. If you own a calm, relaxing place, the “party animals” would not be on the same vibe, so don’t be afraid to say no to someone that is not a good match!