EOCP #12: Phillip Louie and Olaf Nonkes – Volunteering Through Workaway, Hitchhiking Across Canada, and Visualizing Fear

January 22, 2018

Let’s talk Workaway!

Olaf Nonkes from the Netherlands and Phillip Louie from Canada join this week’s podcast. This episode focuses on the world of Workaway and other exciting travel topics.

Our discussion takes place while volunteering at the WaGaLiGong Surf Hostel & Bar in Dulan, Taiwan. We were able to land this opportunity thanks to the website, Workaway.

Workaway is a platform to connect people (mostly travelers) with hosts. From their website, “It’s the world’s leading community for volunteering, working, and cultural exchange.”

This helps people explore an area for cheap. Accommodations and meals, which are often a traveler’s largest expenses, are provided in exchange for work.

Other benefits include:

  • A unique way to understand a place and community.
  • After hopping around a lot while traveling, it’s refreshing to stay in one area.
  • Easily form friendships with other volunteers and travelers.
  • Bonus perks. Example: Free use of surfboards :).

The range of work you can volunteer for varies extensively.

Common types of work (in Asia) include hospitality, farming, and teaching English. During the episode (37:30 to be exact), we highlight a few other unique opportunities.


Our discussion does get a bit random…Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Drug legality in different countries.
  • What is Workaway? Why should you volunteer while traveling?
  • Effective outreach messaging for Workaway and Couchsurfing.
  • Dealing with fear through visualization while hitchhiking across Canada.
  • Developing self-awareness.

Scroll down for links and show notes…

Thank you for listening and enjoy!


QUESTION OF THE EPISODE: Does volunteering or doing a Workaway experience while traveling sound like something you would do? If you have before, what did you do and what was your experience like?

Please leave your answer in the comments.


Want to hear more about working and volunteering abroad?

Listen how Jason Patrick Irish taught English and volunteered abroad…all while backpacking to 119 countries. 


Want to hear another conversation about fear and self-awareness?

Listen to Theo Moon discuss how asking introspective questions helps us improve.


Show Notes and Links

Connect with Olaf – Facebook

Connect with Phillip – Facebook


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Phillip’s Tattoo




View from WaGaLiGong

Phillip Canada Workaway

Phillip’s setup while hitchhiking Canada


From the suburbs of Chicago. Founder of Edge of Comfort. Currently exploring Asia. I don’t need a tuk-tuk or massage.

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