Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Grassroots Volunteering in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
In the past a small number of UK resident Firefly International volunteers, aged 18 to 30, were able to receive funding, including international travel and a volunteer’s allowance, through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme to volunteer as youth activity instructors with Svitac (see other opportunities below) in Brčko. In addition there was also a one year art coordinator placement available. We’re not sure if this is still the case but for our latest update we saw mention of need for a music volunteer and a programme advisor. Both positions start in February and November for two to 12 months.
Accommodation & Costs: Costs for the music volunteer and programme advisor are €230 per month for accommodation plus €200 for a volunteer visa and a one time donation of €200 to help fund Svitac’s activities.
Hostel Work Exchanges
Free food, accommodation and pocket money during the high season are the perks for helping out at Taso Guest House for at least four to five to weeks. Any time between March 1 and October 1 Sky Lounge Hostel may give you a bed and let you eat whatever you can in their restaurant if you make their beds and lead pub crawls.
Among the many positive reviews for Balkanarama Hostel we spotted a one star criticism alluding to ‘lots of volunteers’ (though they weren’t the target of the reviewer’s ire). A quick google reveals the hostel uses the work exchange networks HelpStay (see below) and Worldpackers to round up their volunteer staff.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Though they work with Firefly International (see listing above) it is also possible to apply to volunteer with Svitac Bosnia through Love Volunteers who make placements on its community development project. Love Volunteers’ fees tend to be fairly reasonable, at under $150 per week (plus a one off $299 registration fee) for food, accommodation and in-country support, and may suit those that want to volunteer for a shorter period. Applications can also be made through Omprakash.
Help Exchange Networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Workaway – https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-BA.html
HelpX – http://www.helpx.net/hostlist.asp?host_region=376&network=3
WWOOF – https://wwoofindependents.org/hosts/search/location/bosnia-and-herzegovina-49992
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free Airbnb credit from us here.
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