To get back to RLM's original questions.....
QUOTE(RLM @ Feb 26 2009, 06:00 PM)
Some ideas to respond to:
1- Who works for only a free site and who works for the money? Why do you do either?
I am working for "free site." Why? Well, I feel that I don't have any experience to qualify me for a PAID job, and this is the only way I will GET some experience.
2- What's the best way to get started?
Go to www.workamper.com if you are looking for PAID work. This site carries information on both paid and free. You can participate in the forums without paying for a subscription, but if you pay for a subscription, you get the magazine with workamper ads, and you get an email subscription to a "hotline." You get to put up a resume and employers can look at it.
Also, if you want just volunteer work, another RV'er on here told me about volunteer.gov. At this site, you can volunteer at state and national parks. That is where I got my Kentucky assignment.
Also, check with your own State Dept of Recreation or whatever your state calls it. I signed up with Washington State's [whatever it's called], and I have already gotten four calls. I could only accept one, the other three conflicted with my Kentucky assignment. I felt bad turning them down.
4- How much effort and time does it take to get the ideal work camper job? What is involved?
I signed up with Workamper.com in November, haven't gotten anything from them. But then, I'm kind of picky, about what I want, plus I don't have any experience. Also, I have decided that for me, the "ideal" is one or two month commitments. I don't want to hang out longer than that. The "paid" employers want 6 months, some want a year. Plus, I want to do "Behind the scenes" stuff, like help get computer stuff done. I don't really want to be a camp host, I decided I don't want to deal with, "The neighbors are partying and I can't sleep" stuff.
I signed up with volunteer.gov in early February, got the Kentucky assignment a week later!
I signed up with my own state in late January, by mid February, I had four calls, could only take one.
Ok, one more thing. I toured a lighthouse in Oregon, and the "tour guide" was a workamper who "did the lighthouse circuit." So, I started researching those, and I already have a gig in California for one month in 2010! Plus, I am going to volunteer with a local lighthouse where I live so I can have some "training" for the California assignment. The local lighthouse this year will be a "commute" for me, won't involve workamping.
7- For those who have work camped, what is the one (one only) valuable piece of advise you could give someone considering it?
I am just now getting into this "workamping" stuff, but to me, you will have to try out a lot of different scenarios before you figure out what works for you. Three years ago, I tried out a stint with a "well known tax prep firm," thinking I could do this as a "workamping" thing. Although I love to do taxes, I hated the way that company did business. That experience helped me figure out what I want in workamping.
8- For those who are just getting into the work camping thing, what's the most annoying aspect of the process?
Having to kiss the frogs before you find the prince. Basically, having to go through what you DON'T like until you can figure out what you DO like.
Ok, let's see some other responses to get this back on track after Pianotuna and I kind of "derailed" it. (SORRY RLM!!!!!