House sitting is a temporary arrangement where a checked live-in house sitter will take an assignment to care for the property and often the pets for the homeowner; house sitting abroad is when the sitter must travel away from their home country for the assignment.
House sitting overseas can be an exciting and rewarding way to travel and see the world. House sitting abroad offers authentic way to experience travel, exchanging your time and experience for free accommodation wherever you go enabling you to live like a local to absorb the authentic experiences of the location, as a couple of our Andrew and Christopher global wanderers explain in this video.
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What is a house sitting assignment?
House sit assignments are the individual house sitting opportunities whether in your native country or house sitting abroad. The house sit assignments are usually facilitated through the use of a housesitting website, a home and pet owner would register paying a small annual fee and post a house sitting job on the house sitting site asking a sitter to mind my house and care for my pets.
Whether the pets are dogs, cats or farm animals house sitters also registered on the site having paid an annul fee will review all the sit assignments on the house sitting site for a good house sitting job.
There is usually no payment taken for a collaborative house sit assignment, the sitting job offers an exchange of services. Free house and pet sitting in exchange for free accommodation..
Some sit assignments could be classified as luxury house sitting, some as fun pet sitting for character pets, sometimes a house owner will look for experienced house carers to mind my house until I return, though usually there is a definitive end date for the house sit.
What is house sitting abroad?
Housesitters who travel abroad
If you have property and pet care experience, with or without previous housesitting references you may consider the opportunity to housesit abroad away from your home country.
All you need to consider is do you have home care and pet care experience you can offer in exchange for free accommodation.
Most of us in our lives have cared for a home and garden, and been involved in pet care of some description. You can prepare for pet sitting perhaps by taking a pet first aid course, or volunteering at a pet rescue shelter to gain experience of a wider range of animals.
Housesitting membership networks like HouseSitMatch exist to serve house sitters and petsitters wanting to find suitable assignments at home and housesitting abroad. However, at HouseSitMatch we can also help new sitters get started on their journey.
We offer advice, top tips, contacts in the housesitting community such as Housesittingworld.com there you will find full time housesitters who can advise based on a wealth of community knowledge and years of experience in housesitting and petsitting activities.
Learning from the community can help you prepare to become a highly rated housesitter. This community specialises in supporting and nurturing reliable housesitters.
It is easy to register as a housesitter, to get ID and police checked online as part of the registration process through your HouseSitMatch membership. Once registered you can build a housesitter profile and specify the countries in which you would prefer to housesit.
International pet housesitting
House sitting and pet sitting through a recognised trustworthy network can provide fantastic international opportunities for house sitting and pet sitting your way around the world, for example by pet sitting like a friend in exchange for free accommodation.
Jill and Gavin are long term full time Australian housesitters who enjoy house sitting abroad, they were once home owners themselves, have been travelling for seven years, visited five continents and housesat in 18 countries.
From their first sitting assignment nearly a decade ago they’ve answered housesitting adverts saying sitters required from the Czech Republic to Western Australia.
They’ve taken jobs abroad outside of their native Australia following tourist trails to North America, Central America, South America.
They’ve done long term housesitting in Europe taken a dog sit looking after house and pet, to multi pet sits with dogs cats, birds, guinea pigs and all kinds of other animals as their video will show.
Here is the video story of why house sitting abroad is so rewarding by international housesitters Jill and Gavin…
Travel agents also do house sitting abroad!
Dianne and Mike are a professional Canadian couple who decided last year to take a grey gap year, so they sold everything at home in Canada and started housesitting through the HouseSit Match network.
Based in the United Kingdom HouseSitMatch is a house and petsitting network that offer you a house sitting assignment anywhere in the world.
They joined our network as new sitters, although they had tested the waters by doing some local housesitting in their home town to see if they liked it. After a little while they decided they liked housesitting and petsitting very much and would enjoy travelling by house sitting abroad and living the housesitting lifestyle.
How they started international housesitting
By submitting to an ID and police check, building a good profile online, offering descriptions of their pet and property experience, their motivations for housesitting they have been able to secure a house sitting assignment and have travelled throughout the United Kingdom and across Europe.
In just over a year they have paid very little for their accommodation, just a few days here and there in between housesits. Their grey gap year has been extended by taking the TEOFL exams they are able to supplement their portable professional income as travel agents.
Their grey gap year is now turning into long term housesitting in Europe they advise us, and with every housesitting and petsitting assignment they are building reviews on their profile and a great reputation for being reliable housesitters.
Dianne and Mike have undertaken many international housesitting assignments now but they tell us their favourites are the pet housesitting placements.
Their their latest sitting assignment was for an Akita dog lover in the UK, they have also cared for house and pet in Spain, Ireland, France and taken on a house and pet sit near Oxford UK for a dog and cat lovers as seen in this photo.
They enjoy travelling and living in a home and pet care is a pleasurable service they can offer in exchange for the opportunity to live in beautiful new surroundings and spend time to explore new tourist trails.
This helps Dianne with her work as a travel agent. They have cared for dogs cats and hens in this English home, and horses, donkeys and lovely cats in Spain one of their favourite jobs abroad.
They say that HouseSitMatch is one of their favourite pet sitting websites.
Pet owners with holiday homes abroad use house sitting abroad
The investment of a holiday home or any property in another country comes with benefits and responsibilities.
If you keep pets and a garden in your property abroad, their safety, care and maintenance is going to be an important consideration.
Pet housesitting is one affordable option to consider.
If your property is in another country then organising house sitters for the care and maintenance could be an important factor in the success of your investment.
House sitters can care for your property and garden, and also the pets you keep in the holiday home all in exchange for free accommodation.
Like old fashioned barter this arrangement is facilitated safely through a website which takes fundamental security precautions.
Homeowners with multiple properties
If there are several properties in your portfolio organising house carers and house sitting abroad can make also help to improve the security of your properties by ensuring they are occupied as well as cared for.
It is important to ensure that gardens are maintained especially if you’re absent as this is a clear sign of an unoccupied and vulnerable property.
Pet owners who need housesitting abroad
One advantage of pet sitters from HouseSitMatch is that they exchange their time for free accommodation, so there is no cost to you other than the membership fee.
You will have a choice of pet lovers to choose from, sharing their pet experience in their profile making it easy for you to choose a suitable match.
Bragi Jonsson is an Icelandic security guard and part time shepherd who started housesitting at the age of 60 years old.
He contacted HouseSitMatch asking if we could help him start house sitting abroad, he wanted to enjoy warmer climates during the harsh Icelandic Winter.
Within a month Bragi had completed his first housesit in Marbella Spain for a dog lover with a small Yorkie and two lovely cats.
The owner of the Yorkie told a friend who introduce Bragi to her, she needed a sitter for a dog sit also in Marbella.
So one house and pet sit led to another, and through the HouseSitMatch petsitting website he answered housesit adverts asking ‘sitters required’ and two more long term house sittings assignments in Europe were secured keeping him busy until his return to Iceland in the Spring for lambing season.
Over the years Bragi (aka Bravo on the HouseSitMatch housesitters’ directory) has developed a number of strong relationships with his matched homeowners, and now does the occasional return housesit.
Bragi is one of our trusted pet sitters who loves housesitting abroad as a way to explore new destinations and enjoy warmer climates.
He says though he hasn’t yet discovered Western Australia he would like to visit. And friends in the housesitting community suggest that he might enjoy Central America and South America for the climate.
If you have pets at your property abroad you may also prefer to have them cared for in the home rather than in a kennels or with a fee charging pet minder. This is a considerably more affordable option.
Most vets agree that pets being cared for in the home experience minimal separation anxiety.
This is very important particularly for rescued animals who will often take some time to settle into a new environment.
It is easy to register as a homeowner in order to benefit from live in checked sitters who are happy to travel and do housesitting abroad.