Today you chased two pigs back into their pen, swept up several kilos of animal manure and showered two dozen sheep- and aside from the mosquitoes, the fire ants and the pellets of digested grass squashed into your toes, you quite enjoyed it.
And the best part is that you got two cooked meals and a free place to stay for your efforts.
UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom to read a note on the Little Farm Friendly Project, Ratchaburi, Thailand, and its owner Arnon Noah.
It’s also possible to find work in hostels, resorts, bars and schools with a similar arrangement (4-5 hours of work per day in exchange for bed, board and other perks like horse riding or access to a kayak).
Now, it’s perfectly possible to go and ask for work in person (and a lot of people still do that), but there’s an easier way: HelpX.net or workaway.info. Sign up for an account, pay a small fee (£18/€20/$25 or €23 respectively for a two year membership) and start applying for jobs all over the world.
Some projects ask for a daily fee (around £3-£5 or 150-200 baht), but if you have good company and stay in an interesting place you can have a lot of fun and save a lot of money.
A note about the Little Farm Friendly Project in Ratchaburi, Thailand run by Arnon Noah: I left this place early. Arnon made constant jokes about sex, called me weird names (‘darlingprincessbaby’), drank too much and crashed his motorbike (with two volunteers in the side-car), and all-in-all made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I’m not sure if he was suffering from some kind of mid-life crisis or nervous breakdown, but he succeeded in making all of us (one male, five females) cut our stay short.