Volunteering in Nagoya, Japan

Japan is not the easiest place to approach – or so we felt from a European standpoint. For this, we decided to spend our last weeks in Asia with a Japanese family living in the outskirts of Nagoya. This workaway experience enabled us to go beyond the surface of this interesting country and often made us feel like we were in a movie.

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Volunteering in Gochang, Korea

As we were workaway hunting in Korea, Mr. Choi and Mrs. Lee’s profile caught our attention. While all reviews from volunteers were outstanding, our future hosts warned us: “Our house is very old, so uncomfortable. We are old too, so little fun. But if you are OK, we are OK”. Assuming this comment was a reflection of extreme politeness, we replied we were ok and will never regret it.

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2 Days in Luang Prabang

World Heritage Site since 1995, Luang Prabang is one of the most attractive touristic destinations in Laos. This cute little town was built in the heart of a mountainous region, on a peninsula between the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. In spite of its many guesthouses, cafès and restaurants, Luang Prabang still gives off an authentic feel and is certainly worth going to for at least two days.

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Bule in Wonderland

For most Indonesians traveling isn’t an option, but our host Hardi saw in workaway a valid alternative: opening his doors to foreigners is a way to learn about other cultures. In exchange for this access to the outside world, he uses his network to create all sorts of entertaining activities for his guests. Watch out: when bule (foreigners) are in town, Temanggung turns into wonderland.

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Volunteering in Toraja, South Sulawesi

It took two flights from Singapore to Tana Toraja, a region located in the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. At Makassar Airport, we soon noticed that we were among the few foreigners present. From there, we rode a night bus to Makale and at dawn we hopped in a car to reach Natsir’s village.

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