Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Serbia
Volunteer opportunities in Serbia are limited and those that do want to get under the skin of one of Europe’s less visited nations will probably fare best by joining a help exchange network.
Hostel Work Exchanges
Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:
El Diablo Hostel
We spotted this Belgrade hostel looking for volunteers for the autumn and winter seasons via a Facebook group but it is likely they accept help the rest of the year too. Billing themselves as comfy, friendly, relaxed, cool and family-like, they stress they are not a party hostel. Duties include night shift, cleaning, laundry, reception and maintenance during night hours. They make no mention of volunteering on their website but have a listing on Worldpackers.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Serbia
Three Novi Sad University students started the Exit Festival in 2000 to protest against the nationalism and xenophobia of the Slobodan Milosevic regime, Exit quickly grew to attract over 200,000 people from all over Serbia, neighbouring former Yugoslav countries and the rest of the world. Held near Novi Sad in July, the festival attracts acts such as The Horrors, Primal Scream, Sub Focus and Paul Weller. Despite in the past needing thousands of volunteers to work in marketing, protocol, press centre, programme production, building, bar work, entrances, accreditation, security and the Exit Village, we couldn’t find volunteer information on their site without the aid of a search engine, and that dated from 2017. The application procedure changed a little each year but, in the past, applications were open for two weeks between May 1 and May 15, Volunteers stayed free in the Exit Village, were fed and got free drink tokens for shifts of up to six hours per day for around a week. Help Refugees can connect connect volunteers with more than 50 grassroots projects in the Balkans, including Serbia.
Help Exchange Networks in Serbia
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Serbia
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.
3 Things I Learned from WWOOFing in Serbia – Beth and Randy enjoy the regional cuisine, culture, customs and homemade wine that are among the benefits of volunteering on an organic farm.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations
Image courtesy sivinjski danijel