How It Works

We’re a contact platform between hosts and helpers. We hold a database of Farms, House Holders, Art Retreat Centres, Eco- villages, Backpacker Hostels, Surf Lodges, Vineyards, Ranches, Schools, Monasteries and Kibbutzim, all who are looking for a few hours of honest help and offering accommodation and food in exchange.

Is HelpStay Safe? Absolutely! HelpStay is a community that is committed to providing a safe & secure environment for helpers and hosts. Here’s how:

  • Host Selection: We’re very selective with our host community; every host is screened and approved by our team. Hosts vary and include individuals, organisations and families, all who provide a home from home. In return, they ask for a few hours of honest help about the place.
  • Host Application: We require all hosts to provide a detailed profile about themselves, describing their organisation, tasks and help required, fees(if applicable), expected hours of help, along with details on the accommodation and living arrangements offered. Host profiles are accompanied by a genuine photo of the project contact person along with photos from the project, creating a visual representation as to what to expect to see on arrival.
  • Ratings: Feedback and reviews are especially important to us, both hosts and helpers review their experience.
  • Communication is vital: Before booking a trip, we strongly encourage both helper and host to get to know each other, to ask lots of questions of each other and have many conversations, including at least one via Skype or phone. Remember both host and helper agree terms of the stay between them.