The Travel Scout Program

Join our community of travel scouts and get to travel and experience Africa for free.

What do travel scouts do?

Travel scouts travel for free; visit and create content assets of different places across Africa — assignments could include visiting or staying overnight at a variety of accommodation like guesthouses, b&bs, tent campsites, cabins, or unique structures; exploring a world heritage site; joining a multi-day group trip; exploring a city on a day trip or being part of an activity.   As a travel scout you are responsible for providing content assests that capture the assignment brief, as well as the experience of adventuring in the area. Your content helps to set expectations for travellers who may want to visit the area, that you have just experienced.


The travel scout program is an opportunity for you to visit unique places across Africa. Travel for free in exchange for the content assets you create and the experiences you make.

Why try the travel scout program?

Have safe and life-changing experiences by collaborating with verified hosts from our community, and showcase the way you see Africa.

  • Make a real, positive impact in showcasing Africa

  • Collaborate, learn, and exchange experiences with hosts

  • Get immersed in the local culture and practice languages

  • Develop new personal and professional skills

  • Connect with locals and international travelers

  • Travel to new places affordably by saving money on accommodation

What You Offer

Each host will require your help with creating as well as maintaining communication strategies and assets for a maximum of 20 hours per week

What you get

In exchange for your help, you get accommodation and other benefits unique to each host.

  And, obviously, new friends, learning, and connections of course!

  • Always

    • Accommodation
    • Usually shared or private rooms
    • No hidden fees
    • Membership fees are simple with no hidden costs. Simply join today and start claiming assignments.
    • A truly global membership
    • Your membership is valid everywhere and allows you to connect with hosts anywhere in Africa.
  • Really often

    • Meals
  • May include

    • Local transportation
    • Bikes or airport pick-up
    • Activities
    • Laundry
    • Tours, parties, local discounts, etc
    • Classes
    • Language classes, yoga, permaculture, etc
    • And many other!

What is not included!

  • Tickets

    It’s solely the travel scout’s responsibility to arrive at and depart from their destination. So plan far enough ahead to get good discounts etc.

  • Financial assistance

    The Travel Scouts Program and our hosts are not responsible for any costs you may accrue during your stay, so plan to have enough spending money for your trip’s duration and the places you’re traveling.

  • Required documents

    Do your research on visas, passports, travel and health insurance, and any other kind of document you need to travel, ok?

  • Travel planning

    The Travel Scouts Program is not a travel agency, so it’s up to you to find assignments that suit your skill set and plan your volunteer trip, alright? But of course, you can get your questions about The Travel Scouts Program answered by contacting our Support team at

  • Payment

    Remember that this is an exchange, not a job, so you’ll be helping a host in exchange for accommodation and other benefits!

Who can become a scout

Anyone over 18 years old

Anybody who wants to have life-changing experiences and is at least 18 years old - there’s no age limit to participate!

No experience necessary

To be a travel scout, you don’t have to be a professional in any certain area - your resumé here is your knowledge, as well as your desire to help and make an impact.

Opportunities for all language levels

You don’t necessarily need to speak a specific language , but each host requires a certain proficiency level in a given language - including English. It’s also a great opportunity for you to practice another language ;)

Travel is for everyone

We believe travel is a universal right, and we support everyone’s right to travel, no matter what their nationality, gender, age, condition, etc. Pick the assignment that best matches your skills, and chat with the host about any questions you may have.

Who are our hosts

They’re friendly people who open their doors for travellers to have a collaborative exchange. They run hospitality businesses such as hostels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, home stays, and more as well as social impact projects with schools, and communities.

How To Scout

The Travel Scout Program is a collaborative community which connects you with welcoming hosts all over Africa, where you can stay by exchanging your skills for accommodation.  

A Travel Scout is: a traveller who wants to give back to the communities and places they visit. Open to helping hosts and using the experience to learn and immerse in the local culture.

  • 1. Apply to join

    Create a great profile an opt into receiving invites to upcoming assignments.

  • 2. Claim Assignments

    We will email you invites to assignments close to you. You have complete freedom to decide whether to participate or not.

  • 3. Get Travelling

    Each time you claim an assignment, and the host approves your request, you just need to pack your bags and go.

How do I get started?

The main goal with the Travel Scout Program is content creation. If you are not a content creator, but would like to be more involved, please reach out, and let us know which aspects you’d like to be involved in!

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about becoming a scout, claiming assignments and more. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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