Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Having fun while workamping

The best part about workamping is that you can choose a part of the country you'd like to visit, find a job in the vicinity and be paid while you enjoy the area. I was lucky enough to be hired at a Thousand Trails preserve as a floater. That means I work 20 or so hours a week helping with activities and the store.

Here is the list of available activities to choose from or members can stay here and do absolutely nothing:

Daily: self-guided nature hike (less than two miles)
Board games, cards and dominoes
Tubing/kayaking/swimming/fishing in the Russian River

On Friday and Saturday nights, there is a campfire with s'mores.
On Saturday and Sunday, I teach classes in various topics like how to save space and weight in your RV, basic self-protection or exploring the national parks.
After that is the ice cream social with sundaes and cones.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, there are crafts for all ages, Mexican Train and croquet, along with a guided nature walk.
Saturday night is Bingo night as well.

I'm paid for every hour worked and pay a reduced space rent and electric. So I'm paid to play and occasionally take care of the store.

I hope if you're planning to workamp and need to supplement your fuel purchases (who doesn't?), consider finding a job like mine in a membership park. The members are terrific and the location is gorgeous. And once you're part of the staff, you can move within the system to a non-seasonal park or snowbird location.

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