Hostel Help On A Caribbean Island. Vieques, Puerto Rico

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    Come work and stay at our oceanfront Caribbean hostel/restaurant! We're located on the island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico, and right on Esperanza's main boardwalk minutes from island activities, beaches, and dancing. Meals included!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Helping with Tourists

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    With five 8 bed dormitories and seven private rooms we can accommodate up to 52 guests from all over the world. We want their stay here to be a one of a kind amazing experience and work stay volunteers make that happen! We do it all including taking reservations, painting, checking in guests and cleaning the hostel. While the work is rarely physically difficult it is real work so we're looking for people who are self-motivated, friendly, have an eye for detail, can work in a team and take pride in a job well done.

    In exchange for 25 hours per week you will get a bed in our volunteer housing, free laundry, discounted or free tours/rentals and all meals seven days a week including dinner at our attached bar & restaurant. We also have trade agreements with hostels on the mainland so you can explore San Juan or Fajardo on your days off and stay for free. We can work with you to schedule around adventures or you can switch shifts with other volunteers to make the most of your time in the islands. Best of all you get to work in paradise and spend your time off on some of the best beaches in the world!

    We have a competitive program hosting up to ten volunteers at a time and we fill up three months in advance so please check our calendar for availability. Applicants range from seasoned travelers to recent high school graduates and they’re into everything from cliff jumping and kayaking to relaxing in a hammock with a beer. Come join the crew!


    - We ask for a one month minimum and three month maximum commitment.

    - This position is for the hostel and there are no opportunities for bar tending, waitressing or cooking at our attached restaurant.

    - Because volunteers are compensated for their time with meals, housing and tours the US Government requires all non US citizens to have a valid work permit in order to volunteer with us.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Our volunteers share dorm style housing with access to all hostel amenities including common areas, laundry facilities and the communal kitchen. Breakfast is available at the hostel until 11am and other meals can be ordered off the bar menu between noon and 11pm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Work stay volunteers are rarely bored here on the island. Our Hostel is located right across the street from the Caribean Ocean and within easy walking distance of Sun Bay, Coconut Beach, Black Beach, Media Luna, and Navio Beach. Swim out to Cayo Afuero, build an ocean side bonfire, hike the trails on Cayo de Tierra, meet friends at one of the many bars and restaurants in Esperanza or catch a publico to Isabel for shopping and big town/small city feel. Snorkel enthusiasts will love Mosquito Pier on the north side of the island (sea turtles!) or the Sugar pier and sunken sailboat less than ¼ mile from the hostel. Our attached bar and restaurant is open later than anything else on the island and at the center of island night life for locals, tourists, and expats so you'll make friends fast and feel like a local in no time. Most tours offer discounts to hostel volunteers too so whether you’re coming to the island for the amazing beaches, great snorkeling, bio bay or to practice your Spanish we can help you experience the best of Vieques!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Vieques is unique in that it is both Spanish and English speaking blending American and Latin cultures. Volunteers can practice their Spanish, learn Latin dances at the night spots and island parties, participate in the island’s many cultural festivals and try some uniquely Puerto Rican meals (open air pig roasts are very popular). Our hostel hosts weekly events like beach parties, movie nights and crew dinners too where you will meet guests from around the world and most volunteers leave here with the intention of meeting up with new friends in other countries. Many volunteers come with specific goals like learning to sail, getting their scuba certification, learning to ride (many locals still use horses as their main transportation) and volunteering at the local schools. We offer free accommodations in San Juan and Fajardo for volunteers who want to explore the main island during their days off and history buffs will love both the ruins on Vieques and exploring the forts in Puerto Rico.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, worked over five days (max 25 hours/week)

Our Hostel And Island Home

Volunteers do it all from reception to housekeeping
Work hard and play hard
Volunteer in paradise part time
With dozens of beaches, five within walking distance, there are always opportunities to hang with friends
Exploring the Sugar Mill Ruins on Vieques
Some awesome past volunteers!
Volunteers eat breakfast with our guests in the hostel kitchen
Our indoor common area
The Malecon
Our Hostel and attached bar/restaurant

Host ref number: 434436491558