Workkamping? Is It Really Worth It?
- Mary Keyser
I have been looking through a lot of postings lately for workkampers here and on other sites as well. It seems that many of them expect 40 hours or more in exchange for FHU site. Most are asking for a minimum of 20 hours per person (40 hours total) for the site, plus additional hours at minimum wage or thereabouts.
Doing a bit of quick math, 40 hours a week at even $5 an hour is $200 a week for the site. Are these sites really worth that much ($800 a month)? Seems like a lot of money to pay for a site. Sure it is not out of pocket cash, but it is potential earnings.
It is easy to see why many would rather work and be paid a wage and then pay for their site themselves. They come out way ahead compared to these types of positions.
We have just about concluded that the best way for us this next winter is to find an inexpensive place we like and either do odd jobs for other RVers, sell crafts and Watkins products to pay for the site, or find a part time position in a nearby town for the months we are there.
Working a full time job at a park just isn't what we had in mind as a working retirement. We want some time to do things and visit other areas, too, not just work for our campsite.