“Adventuresome individuals, couples, and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. If you work as an employee, operate a business, or donate your time as a volunteer, AND you sleep in an RV, you are a Workamper!” (https://www.workamper.com/glossary) Also known as workamping or workcamper.
In 1987 Greg and Debbie Robus began Workamping News from their home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Greg was a Park Ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. He recruited Campground Hosts for Parks in Arkansas. Debbie was a school teacher with expertise in publishing newsletters. They combined their talents and began the Workampers News.
What began as a way to recruit workers in state and federal parks has evolved into a diverse opportunity for RVers to work in exchange for a camping spot and often additional income in a wide variety of situations. Hundreds of campgrounds, public and private, hire campers for various tasks. There are numerous seasonal workamping jobs to be had. Hundreds of RVers work in the beet harvest in the upper Midwest. Amazon hires hundreds of RVers during the Christmas holiday. A simple google search will result in hundreds of opportunities for workamping.
Mary and I are currently working our second workamping gig. Our first experience was in Texas while serving as Chaplin in an RV resort. We were paid enough to cover our camping fees. Now we are filling in for a small church in Iron Mountain, Michigan. I am preaching each Sunday since they do not have a Pastor, and the church is covering our camping fee. This fall, we will return to Harlingen, Texas, where we will again be Chaplin in an RV resort in exchange for our campsite.
Like many other RVers, we aren’t doing this just for the campsite. We are still thankful for the opportunities to serve God in these assignments. Others are pursuing their interests or simply finding ways to serve.
If you are interested in giving workamping a try, just google it. To will find plenty of possibilities. You might even find your dream job in one of your bucket list destinations.
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We have had work campers since purchasing our park.
They are invaluable. Eventually they take pride in the park they work for and work that much harder.
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