Prior to departure, we'll provide you with the details you need to enjoy your experience with us. But, we know you've got questions now. Below are the answers to some questions we get asked often. If you have additional questions that aren't listed here, please shoot 'em over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are there age limits?
A: Yes, the person signing up for the experience must be at least 21 years old.
Q: Is there an application process?
A: Only for the one year experiences and possibly for some of the themed experiences.
The application process is typically a 3-step process where we gather information, assess fit, hold an interview, and then send out invitations to the experience. We love our Wanderist community and want to make sure that it continues to grow with people that fit well into it. The great thing is, that isn't just one type of person and, if you've made it this far into the website, it likely includes you :-)
Q: Are experiences only for people from the US?
A: Absolutely not. We want to build an amazing community, to do so, we need diversity. You can be from anywhere!
Q: Do I have to speak English?
A: A big part of our experience is building a community, and in order to do so, we'll all need to communicate with one another. Therefore, you'll need to speak English at a conversational level, at least.
Q: What is the process for going on the Wander Year experience?
A: The process has a few steps:
- Request an invite to Wander Year 2018, give us some general details about you
- Complete Step 2 questionnaire which is information about your personality, your work, and if you're bringing anyone along
- Chat with our Community Managers. This is less an interview and more a chat to get to know one another.
- Receive an invitation to join us which you get to accept or decline
- If you accept, you'll pay your initial fee + deposit $5,000, sign your Participant Agreement, and complete your onboarding information
- In April, you'll begin your Wanderist Training. It's a 12 week course with a different focus each week to prepare you for life abroad for an entire year. We'll meet as a group each week to discuss topics and get to know one another before take-off.
- In June we take off!
Q: What is the process for going on an UpRoot experience?
A: You'll hit the "I'm interested" button and give us some deets about who you are and what you'll be focusing on during your experience. You'll let us know what questions you have and then you can set up a live Q&A session with our Founder, Libryia Jones. Once you've signed up for an UpRoot experience, you will receive a receipt and a welcome email. Roughly 60 days before your experience you will start to receive weekly emails preparing you for the experience and you'll start having weekly calls with your Community Manager and the group you'll be traveling with.
Q: Is there an application fee?
A: There is no application fee for the UpRoot experience. There is a $50 application fee for the Wander Year experience.
Q: Can I be notified when applications are open for Wander Year?
A: Good news, they're open now! Stop by the Wander Year 2018 page to review and request an invite.
Q: What will be the application deadline?
A: We plan to have all of our Wanderists selected by the end of this year. Initial fees are due by April 15th.
Q: Is a remote job required to participate in your experiences?
A: No, you do not need to have a remote job to participate in any of our experiences. So long as you can pay your fees, whether you work or not is up to you!
Q: Is Wanderist Life hiring remote employees?
A: We are not currently. We will have a small staff and will post those openings as the need arises. Join the mailing list to be notified.
Q: Is Wanderist Life helping to obtain remote jobs?
A: We provide a number of resources to help our participants identify remote work. Quite a few of those resources are detailed in our most popular blog posts Answers to Your Top 5 Questions About Remote Work and Remote Work: What, Where, How. You can also join our Facebook Group to participate in discussions on the topic, see remote job postings, and gain access to our lists of companies who hire remote workers.
Q: What if I am unable to obtain a remote job before the program begins?
A: There is a possibility that people will be unable to secure a remote position prior to departure. My suggestion is to ensure you've saved enough to pay for the experience and continue to seek remote employment, contracting opportunities, or opportunities in the cities we visit.
Q: Am I able to bring my Bae/Husband/Wife?
A: You sure can!
Q: Am I able to bring my child(ren)?
A: Heck yes, I took mine!
Q: Is there an age limit for the children?
A: Yes, we would like children to be at least 8 years old.
Q: How will I continue my child’s education while I’m away?
A: This is up to you. Check with your state, some states and/or state run universities offer free online school for K-12.
Q: Will activities be planned with children involved?
A: Yes! We’ll do excursions that children can participate in.
Q: How can I ensure the people traveling with us are safe?
A: Participants in the Wander Year experience will undergo a background check.
Q: How will we address healthcare needs?
A: We will provide resources for travel insurance as well as health insurance for you to review and make decisions. Note, we strongly suggest you also do your own research and make the best selections for your situation.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Our UpRoot experiences range from $2,000 - $3,000.
Our Wander Year experience has an initial fee of $3,000 + $2,000 deposit (refundable when you complete the year) and a monthly fee of $2,200.
In each case, the cost for an add-on is 50% of the cost for you.
Q: What is included for the cost?
A: This is detailed with pictures here. But we'll also list it below:
For UpRoot Experiences: Lodging, SIM Card, Access to CoWork Space, Excursions, Events, Community Manager, City Guide, Visa Support, and Volunteer Activity.
For Wander Year/Gap Year Experiences: Transportation to each location, Lodging, SIM Card, Access to CoWork Space, Excursions, Events, Community Manager, City Guide, Visa Support, and Volunteer Activity. Note, your flight to our initial location and return flight at the end of the program will be from/to one of five major US cities (NYC, CHI, LAX, WAS, MIA).
Q: Can I receive a discount for paying the fees up front? Quarterly?
A: For the Wander Year experience, yes. A 10% discount is available to those who pay the full year prepayments and 5% discount for half-year prepayments. There is no discount for up front payment for the UpRoot experience.
Q: How do you decide what places to visit?
A: We consider safety ratings, exchange rates, cost of living, access to internet, accessibility of the area (is it walkable, is there public transportation), and the coolness factor - is this a cool place to be for 30 - 90 days. We love suggestions, if you know of a dope city we should add to our list, shoot us an email.
Q: What types of accommodations will we have?
A: We certainly aren’t sleeping in some sketchy hostel! Our accommodations are typically 1 - 3 bedroom apartments with the following minimum requirements:
- HDMI Enabled Television
- Cookware, dinnerware, cutlery
- Access to laundry facilities
Q: Will we get to pick our lodging?
A: You typically get to pick whether you'd like standard lodging or upgraded lodging if those are available. Otherwise, we assign you to lodging based on the information we collect from you.
Q: What are some things we should be prepared to take care of on our own?
A: You are responsible for your transportation to the UpRoot location, transportation within the city, food and beverages, visa fees, and actions or activities necessary to maintain your visa (though we will provide you with the information you need), any fees incurred to do damage or noncompliance related to lodging, cowork space, equipment, excursions, or transportation. You are also ultimately responsible for your overall experience, how engaged you are with the community and with the city. You should be prepared to live like a local in each location with logistical support from your Community Manager.
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