We have two hostels in Riohacha with space for more than 40 people.
The managers are Katy from Riohacha, Colombia, and Johannes from Austria.
Katy speaks Spanish as her mother tongue, fluent English and some German.
Johannes speaks German as his mother tongue, fluent English and Spanish and a bit of French.
We have both worked, studied and lived in the UK, Austria, Colombia, Spain and Germany. We love traveling just as much as you do and we also really enjoy to experience how it is to actually LIVE abroad. This is exactly the opportunity we would like to give to you! :-)
Our hostels are the best place to start your journey to the northern most point of South America. People love the cozy atmosphere and the cool and interesting people we tend to attract.
Our mission is to offer a high quality stay by giving to our guests what matters at an affordable price.
This means the best service we can offer, comfortable mattresses, free delicious breakfast and facilities that not only meat but surpass our travellers expectations.
We have great aspirations and there is lots of work to be done!
This is why we need your help!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will benefit from having the opportunity of learning about the daily operations of a hostel in Colombia. You will work in the reception and give travel recommendations and appropriate travel information to the guests.
In your stay you will have plenty of opportunities to socialize with guests from all over the world and to learn or improve languages.
Most importantly we appreciate the Workawayer's creativity and are happy to see your ideas for new ways of improving the hostel and making the guest's time with us more valuable.
We are looking for people with good knowledge of Spanish and English.
IMPORTANT: We require you to be independent, have a lot of self initiative, be reliable, trustworthy, responsible, enthusiastic, charismatic and engaging. You love to hang out with our guests, you are a talkative outgoing person to laugh and chat with and are a great team worker.
Also you are very flexible. That means: If we ask you for help with something you will show enthusiasm and you will be happy to help.
Our team of full time locally employed workers (four receptionists, two cleaners and one cooks) helps us with the daily tasks and is the core of our hostel in assuring that our guests have a great stay.
As a volunteer you will be helping at reception and take care of the hostel in the evening hours.
Tasks will include socializing with guests and informing guests about things to do in Riohacha and la Guajira.
Depending on your skills we could also use some help with painting, making furniture, polishing our website, or other things that you are good at.
Spanish, English, German and basic French
Bed in one of our eight bed dorms with fan and breakfast (pancakes or eggs and toast or fruit bowl), free coffee, free water and free laundry service. IMPORTANT: Depending on our needs, we will be asking you to sleep in different places during your stay.
DAYS OFF: For every five days you work, you will get two days off. IMPORTANT: Depending on the hostels needs you will be working up to 10 days in a row and then be off 4 days.
IMPORTANT FOR COUPLES AND FRIENDS: You will not be working together. This means one person will be working and sleeping in one hostel and the other person will be working and sleeping in the other one. They are just a 3-minutes walk from each other. On your days off you can sleep in the same place.
KEEP IN MIND: Riohacha is very hot. Fortunately our hostel is located just two minutes from the beach.
WORKING HOURS: You won't work more than 25h a week. However keep in mind that some days you will work more and others fewer hours. You won't be working when the sun is up. This is great news as you will have plenty of time to discover La Guajira.
Riohacha is a small city in the coast of Colombia, it is the capital of La Guajira the northern most state in Colombia. It's mostly sunny, hot and dry. There are plenty of things to do in and around Riohacha, such as going to the beach, strolling around in the promenade to see local arts, visiting the market, learning and practicing kite surf, going to one of the two shopping centers, or visiting one of the following places: the desert in the north with Cabo de la Vela, Punta Gallinas, Playa Mayapo, Parque Nacional Camarones, the mine El Cerrejón, Palomino, the green south of la Guajira with its beautiful waterfalls and rivers, Santa Marta etc.
The hostel is located in the center of the city, so most spots are in walking distance. Make sure to take advantage of the proximity to the sea and go for a swim in the mornings, it's just 100m away!
Get around in Riohacha: Colectivo for 1500 Pesos or a Taxi for 5000. The walking distance to the bus terminal is 15min.
Let us know if you need information on how to get to Riohacha or help in booking flights or buses.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Not more than 25h a week