Crews are teams whose primary concern is to solve a problem and have a positive impact, and not making tons of money. They have projects they cannot conduct because they lack skills, time or money.
With Pack Your Skills, they can have someone (whom we call « Packer ») help on this project with his/her skills. In exchange for this volunteer help, Crews are asked to provide food and accommodation. Packers are foreigners who come help during their trip, so the whole experience is a great opportunity to meet someone from another culture, get a fresh viewpoint, and break from routine.
The name « Crews » refers to the teams of sailors who get on a boat to live and work together for a limited journey. For us, the teams who welcome Packers are like those crews because they form an ephemeral team for a limited time, to accomplish a specific mission together.
Pack Your Skills’ business model is based on the financial participation of Crews. Since 2017 is our first year, we are testing different things. As we wanted to be inclusive and see how much Crews valued our service, we didn’t fix a price. Each Crew can choose the price he wants to pay for our work.
In addition, for the Packer, the Crew is asked to provide or pay for :
- 3 meals a day
- the transportation between the apartment where the Packer is hosted, and the workplace.
The first step to becoming a Crew is to Sign Up as a Crew. Once you’ve signed up, someone from the Pack Your Skills team will call you at the number you gave or on Skype. After the call the team will decide if you correspond to the type of projects we’re looking for. If you do and are based in Paris, you’ll be allowed to put offers online. If you’re not based in Paris, we will need to discuss further because we haven’t opened other cities than Paris yet.