No matter what age you are, or what stage of life you are in, there are volunteering hosts looking for help all over the world. In this episode, A.C.E. talks about the best resources for volunteering and gives some real examples of how a GapQuest can compete with a “college experience.”
What is a GapQuest? And how to take one…
Again, a GapQuest is a period of time when your priorities are intentionally focused on an interesting mission.
For example: Learn Spanish while volunteering in a Spanish speaking country for 6 months.
It is 100% possible to do this with a proper preparation and intention.
A plane ticket to Colombia costs $129 from Spirit Airlines (if you buy it early enough). After you arrive, there are ways to ball out for 6 months, half a year, and have exotic adventures while spending less than $2000.
Compare that to a $25,000 semester of college. (Sorry, that’s the way I see it, Mom)
Using a collection of Nomadic Skillsets, you can transcend socio-economic structures altogether, and learn from your unique experiences in the process.
Don’t want to go to Colombia?
No matter what age you are, or what stage of life you are in, there are volunteering hosts looking for help all over the world.
The best resource for finding a place to volunteer is workaway.info. At workaway.info, you make a profile and browse projects from almost every country on the map.
A typical work-trade involves approx: 5 hours work, 5 days a week. But many are much less. In return, you receive a place to sleep and food to varying extents. (Some hosts provide all food, others give you a kitchen and you buy your own ). The deal depends on what you agree upon with the host. This is all set up by email before you arrive.
There are the classic projects like permaculture farms, hostels, and child caretaker gigs.
But there are also more absurd options like sustainable home builds, language trades, horse ranches, plant retreat centers, teaching gigs, and mushroom farms.
Beyond the work, a host often becomes a long-time friend; and other volunteers, your future travel companions.
“So suck it up and throw your shit in your parents’ basement!”
For a real world example, here’s a podcast interview with Amy St. John where she talks about her experience taking a gap year to teach at a school in Cusco, Peru.
But GapQuests don’t have to be a year long. A trip to the grocery store can be a GapQuest with the right intention.
Ex: Optimize peanut butter quality/price ratio while considering the exact volume of organic bananas in your cart. Then, do it again, but consider the volume if you ate the bananas with the peel on, because you can.
I joke around and say that I took a vacation on February 2nd, 2017 and never came back from vacation.
Since that day, I’ve simply been taking vacations within the original vacation that I took in February 2017.
Vacation inside a vacation’s vacation,
or should I say,
GapQuests in side a GapQuest’s GapQuest?
So a GapQuest is a period of time when your priorities are focused on an interesting mission.
Send me an email at email@example.com, and I will personally work with the first 3 people to help design and take a GapQuest that fits their current life and financial situation.
Stay wild folks,
A.C.E. the Theorist 🍌