To Trying New Things
After a long and adventurous summer (another post about that later), we have decided to try our hand at workamping. Workamping is when you work a set number of hours at a RV park or campground in exchange for a site to park your RV, and possibly other amenities and pay. Every workamping situation differs, and every employer offers different amenities or payments. Some give you a full-hook up site in exchange for a set number of hours worked, and then all additional hours are paid at a set hourly wage. Others just give you the site, and you only work the hours for the site, with no additional hours/money. There are so many different scenarios, that you have to make sure you communicate thoroughly with the employer to understand exactly what you are getting in exchange for your labor.
We were lucky to find a wonderful RV park in Grand Junction, Colorado for our first workamping experience. We receive a full hook-up site (electric included) for about 20 hours of work a week as a couple (10 hours each). We then get paid for any additional hours worked. We also receive free laundry, and discounts on the store and propane. I work in the office completing the following tasks: answer phones, check-in/check-out guests, make reservations, ring up sales, etc. Greg works outside performing the following tasks: escort guests to sites, electrical work, maintenance, lawn work, etc. It is easy but fulfilling work. It has been a great opportunity, and we love the RV park we are at. We were truly blessed to find this RV park because not only does it put extra money in our pockets, but they allow us to bring William to work. We couldn’t ask for a better scenario!
While we do have to work about 15 – 20 hours a week each (about 5-6 hours a few days a week, and this is during the off season), we get plenty of time off to still explore the wonderful places Colorado has to offer. We’ve already explored the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa National Forest, Dinosaur National Park, Arches National Park, and more! We are now 4 months into our first workamping experience and we are hooked! We can now keep more money in our savings, and use the paycheck to keep on exploring! We’ve done the 40 plus hour work week, tried the typical "American Dream," and we are done with that! Putting in a few hours a week in an industry we enjoy, and still being able to follow OUR dream - we couldn’t be happier!
For those of you that are part of the full-time RVing adventure club, or those of you that are thinking about joining us, workamping is a great way to keep your dream alive when you feel like you may not have the money to keep it going. While you won’t be making thousands of dollars a month, you can make enough to pay the bills and keep up the adventure. We realize that all workamping opportunities are not going to be as lucrative as the one we are at now, and you just have to decide what is best for you and your RVing experience. Make sure you tell potential employers exactly what you want and need; and make sure that you sign a contract or have something in writing!
Our favorite place to find workamping jobs/opportunities is www.workamper.com. I would suggest that if you are serious about finding workamping positions, you sign up to be a member. You can either select a free membership, which allows you to look over the job postings, or you can become a paid member, which allows you to create a workamping resume that employers can see. We decided to invest in the membership and it is definitely worth the money. It allowed us to find our current workamping opportunity, and is helping us look for our next workamping experience. We get emails pretty regularly from www.workamper.com, that shows new job opportunities across America and Canada, and then the Workamper Magazine provides even more workamping advertisements. If you decide to get a membership, use #221042 in the promo/referral code. This allows us to get another month free of membership, and then you can do the same for members you refer!
Another great place to look for Workamping opportunities is Facebook. Go to the search menu and type in "workamper.." There are several groups on Facebook you can join. In these groups you can post what type of jobs you are looking for and ask questions. There are so many fellow workampers on there with tons of experience that are willing to help. It also allows for potential employers to post job offers. It is not as organized as workamper.com, but there is the potential to make some great friends and contacts!
We know workamping is not for everyone, but we wanted to write about it because plenty of people on our social media sites have asked about it. When we started full-time Rving we thought we would only do this for a year, but we love it and now have found a way to make the dream last longer. We enjoy the work, meeting new people and making new friends, and the freedom to keep on moving when our time is done. Workamping has solved the 40-hour work week dullness and the staying in the same place blues!
I am a mother and stepmother, fierce slayer of mental illness, writer and traveler. I love the constant change of the road, and the experiences it brings our family. We have learned so much being full-time RVers, and love the freedom this lifestyle gives us.