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Our Workaway mission in Russia

We worked in a Hostel for 2 weeks

As you already know, Russia was the first country we  have visited for our world trip.

Our journey can be illustrated with a few figures.

  • 1 month: the length of our stay in the country.
  • 350 euros: the price for 2 Express Visas + the invitation letter (mandatory to get the visas) + a round trip ticket Stavanger/Oslo to file the visas applications
  • 115: the number of hours spend in the Transsiberian
  • 10000: number of noodles packets ingested. (ok, maybe not so much, but we ate a lot of them!)

In this list we could have included another number: #1.

Yes, Russia is the first country in which we performed our first Workaway mission!

What? You don’t know Workaway?

No worries. After all we didn’t know much either about this platform just a few months ago!

In short, Workaway is the platform that allows to achieve one of our goals: not being just tourists during our world trip.  Hosts will put on the Workaway website the missions they propose. In exchange of 4 to 5 hours of work per day you will get the accommodation for free.

Ideally, we had like to stop at least 2 weeks in each country to perform missions, and thus to discover about the lives of the locals. In 10 months, we will be able to discover different professions, meet people with different profiles, and maybe even develop competencies.

Our first experience took place in a hostel, in Kazan. Want to know more about our experience? Below is the video with English subtitles:

2 Responses
  • Frederique SETRUK
    October 31, 2017

    ouf!! je commençais à m’inquiéter!! Mais en fait, il n’y avait pas de quoi: vous vivez une belle experience, chaleureuse et sympa.
    Bises à vous deux

    • Leslie & Arthur
      November 1, 2017

      Coucou Frédérique. Merci pour ton message 🙂 On a pas pu donner de news avant car on avait pas acces à internet: on vient de passer une semaine à vivre avec une famille mongole dans leur yourte. On les a aidé à s’occuper de leurs yaks et de leurs moutons. Une experience assez folle et pas toujours facile (il faisait assez froid, une fois il a fait -17, il n’y avait pas d’eau courante, peu d’electricite, pas internet, la famille ne parlait que quelques mots d’anglais…) On a appris bcp de choses sur nous grâce à cette experience… mais on est quand meme content d’être de retour à l’hôtel car c’etait une experience très intense.
      On partira pour la Chine la semaine prochaine, mais en attendant on a un peu de temps pour trier les photos et les videos sur la Russie et la Mongolie et partager tout ca avant le depart pour la Chine.

      Bises,

      Leslie&Arthur

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