Does anyone here have experience with services like this and have advice? I'm seriously considering giving it a try for my time off. It appears to tick a lot of the boxes: budget travel, language immersion (to some degree at least), experiencing cultures, and possibly even professional experience.
This is a list of tips that Serpent sent me (as she suggested that I start this topic after I mentioned it in my log):
-focus on the new or updated positions
-check the last visit date, the reply rate and expected timeframe
-many hosts don't update their page to show the actual available dates
-monitor your preferred search and get in touch asap if you see smth interesting
-communicate to ensure it's honestly a good fit. otherwise you'll get negative comments. but if things are really bad, leave. (and generally, always have backup options!)
The site also has advice for language learners, which includes being clear with the host that language learning is a priority for you.