Come and join our hostel family in the South Coast of Sri Lanka

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Greetings and thank you for your interest in volunteering at our hostel.

    We are located in Unawatuna, in the south coast of Sri Lanka, within close proximity to the historic city of Galle and the world renowned Unawatuna beach.

    We established this hostel in September 2017 and ever since we have had many travellers from around the globe visiting us. Our journey has been enriched with all the experiences that we shared with each and every traveller that has stayed with us over the years.

    Our vision is "To Create an Unforgettable Experience of a Lifetime for Each of Our Guests". To achieve this vision, our team always goes out of the way to treat every guest as part of a family, organise activities to bring everyone together in a light-hearted and fun filled atmosphere, as well as maintain utmost professionalism in carrying out their duties. We expect all our volunteers to live up to these values.

    Our regular staff includes a property manager, as well as kitchen and housekeeping staff. All housekeeping and kitchen duties will be taken care of by the regular staff. Tasks expected from the volunteers are some reception shifts, managing social media, socialising with guests as well as organising activities.

    We aim to have 3-5 volunteers at a time, and each volunteer will be expected to contribute a maximum of 15 hours of work per week.

    All volunteers will be provided free shared accommodation in a dorm room.

    Every day we prepare breakfast and dinner which will be available to all volunteers as well at an affordable price. Breakfast is priced at Rs. 1,000. and consists of toast, eggs(or veg/vegan option), butter, jam tea/coffee. Dinner takes place in the form of a typical Sri Lankan vegetarian family dinner where everybody eats together and is priced at Rs. Rs. 1,000. You can order an add-on meat/fish portion at an additional charge of Rs. 500/-. Prices mentioned here are in Sri Lankan Rupees. This is optional and Workawayers can get their food elsewhere if they prefer so.

    When you message us please copy and paste the subject "Hi, I am looking forward to becoming a part of your hostel family" . Messages without the subject mentioned may not receive a response. This is done to ensure that you have taken the time to read our description as that shows us how keen you are to truly be a part of this project.

    If you end up volunteering with us, our promise to you is that it would be an experience you would never forget ;)

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Hostel owner

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will get training and hands on experience carrying out front desk operations in a backpacker hostel which will be invaluable for those who wish to volunteer in similar places in future as well as for travellers who have ambitions in starting a career in the hospitality industry.

    In addition, they will continuously meet and interact with backpackers from all over the world, and have the opportunity to share stories, explore the surrounding area, and make friendships that last.

    The hostel itself is located in a quiet, tranquil neighbourhood surrounded by nature which enriches the living experience. The town of Unawatuna is home to many scenic beaches, tourist hotspots, temples and other attractions. Galle, which is 10km away from the hostel is a bustling city and contains within it a picturesque dutch fort from the colonial era which is classified now as a UNESCO heritage site.

    In addition, volunteers can plan trips and explore the island during their off days as most places within Sri Lanka can be reached within a few hours to a day. While each volunteer will have a roster, they will have some off days. In addition, they can always exchange shifts with other volunteers if they need to get away for a few extra days exploring the island.

    Surfing, diving, whale watching, beach parties and a lot more awaits you to make your experience worthwhile

  • Help


    The type of help expected from volunteers can be broadly fitted into following categories

    - Reception shifts

    Reception shifts will involve typical front desk duties such as checking in guests, entering purchases onto the property management system, collecting payments and checking out guests . Reception shifts will count towards the weekly work hours for volunteers (which will not exceed 15 hours per week, per volunteer). A short training on how to use the property management system and how to carry out a shift will be provided before you start.

    - Organising activities

    Examples of the types of activities would be card games, drinking games, BBQ nights, quiz nights, karaoke nights, board game nights, pub crawls etc. Volunteers will get involved in organising such activities and carrying it through,

    In addition to the types of work listed above we would really appreciate if you could take interesting photos during your stay and forward some of them to the hostel mobile or email so that we can use it as promotional content in our social media. On certain instances selected volunteers may be given the responsibility of managing our presence on social media platforms.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Each volunteer will be allocated a bed in a shared dormitory room. Rooms will have an AC or fan, charging sockets for phones and access to washrooms. Towels and bed linen will be provided. Laundry services are available at a charge of Rs. 1,500 per one load.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Most attractions in the surrounding area can be reached by a walk or a short Tuk Tuk ride. If volunteers wish to rent scooters we can make arrangements for them with a local supplier at a special discounted price.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours per week

Host ref number: 126466427318

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