12 Places I’ve HelpX’d At

HelpX, or Help exchange, is a way to travel for free by volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. There are other similar models like Workaway and WWOOFing, but the one I use is helpx.net. I volunteered my way across New Zealand and Australia from 2011-2013, and later found places to volunteer in Bali and Japan. Typically, I would volunteer from 4 to 6 hours a day and then have the rest of the day free to do whatever I wanted. After doing this podcast with my author and travel friend Rollie Peterkin where he asked about some of my favorite volunteering experiences, he recommended that I write them all down. So here they are, in chronological order!

Teaching and travel podcast

These days of online classes are blending into each other – I’m currently in a graduate school program through the University of California at Santa Barbara for becoming an elementary school teacher in California. All the classes are online through zoom. To escape my daily routine, I find that reliving my adventures helps me to…

New Youtube Channel!

In the midst of the unpredictability of the world today, I decided to direct some of my free time and forced home-dwelling to develop my Youtube Channel, which I have been wanting to work on for a long time. Thanks, quarantine! I have both covers and original songs performed on guitar, piano, and ukulele. Check…

Teaching English in Southern Spain

From Japan to Spain I remember huddling for warmth under a mountain of blankets in my frigid apartment during the winter of Japan, wondering how I was going to escape the cold. It was my second year in Fukui, Japan teaching English at a junior high school with the JET Program, which is a government-run…

A traveling vegan

When I meet someone new, I introduce myself as Amber. I’m a traveling English teacher. I lived in Japan for 2 years, and am about to start my 3rd year in Spain. I love traveling, obscure sports, (ultimate frisbee and climbing via ferratas are my favorite!) art, and music. But another important aspect of my…