Help at our hotelito this authentic little city in the mountains called Turrialba, Costa Rica

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  • Description

    Description

    We manage a small hotel in the centre of Turrialba, we have10 rooms, a little garden and a rooftop terrace. We are always happy to welcome workawayers into our team.

    Turrialba has become famous for the best white water rafting in Costa Rica. Also there are many other outdoor activities, rappelling down waterfalls, ziplining, it has beautiful waterfalls to swim at, you can visit a cacao farm and do a chocolate workshop or visit a dairy farm and see how they make cheese, there are coffeetours and botanical gardens and much more. Most of our guests are the adventurous type and the average age of our guests is around 35yrs.

    We get to host many local guests too, hence the importance of volunteers to speak and understand Spanish on an intermediate level.

    We are a small team of 5 ppl and share a passion in meeting and socializing with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Also we have one permanent resident which is Pepper, our adorable house cat.
    Highly rated on all OTA's we take pride in our reputation of being one of the cleanest hotels with the friendliest staff.

    As a Hotel & Tourist Information Center we want to focus on attracting more tourism to Turrialba and promote the many activities and wonders in the area.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get the chance to gain some real experience in managing a small hotel in downtown Turrialba, do out-door activities in the area, get that typical Costa Rican experience that is hard to find in other touristy spots and what will make your workaway worthwile.

    In all our travels around Costa Rica we haven't found a place to learn more about Costarican culture as in Turrialba. The city is not built on tourism like many other places and is very authentic. Here you will still feel as the only foreigner in town. A great place to pick-up on your Spanish as not many people speak English. If you want to become more fluent, this is the place to be.

    People are very welcoming and friendly and are easy to talk to. Turrialba will quickly steal a part of your heart. Every Friday and Saturday there is a market where all farmers from the surrounding area sell their produce and you get to taste fruits and veggies you have maybe never seen before. Also Turrialba is famous for the Turrialba cheese which is made on the slopes of the volcano. La 'ruta de queso' (the cheese route) is called because of that and besides is a beautiful area to hike as it has stunning views of the valley and the village. In the Talamanca mountains, a 2 hour busride from Turrialba you can find the indigenous villages of the Cabecar people.

  • Help

    Help

    *** If you already have experience in working in hotel/hostel reception then the minimum commitment is flexible, as you will not need much trainingdays. Spanish however is a strong requirement***

    - volunteers 25+
    - minimum commitment of 2 months (if you already have workexperience in hotel/hostel frontdesk we accept shorter stays, as you will require less training)
    - English AND Spanish speaking is a must
    - Previous experience in customer service/receptiondesk is a big plus.

    If you like the idea of living in a typical Costa Rican city for a while, helping out at the hotel,meeting lots of other travelers, enjoy outdoor activities and making friends with the ' Turrialbeños´, then send us a message.

    We look for individuals to join our team with a certain level of maturity that have work experience and excellent sociable skills. You will be working mostly independently. The day to day tasks of the hotel consist of welcoming our new guests, helping with the check-in process, help guests with organizing their tours, but also when needed: helping with laundry, the garden, social media, cleaning, maintenance.. we all multitask :) Aside from the daily tasks to make this a welcoming place for tourists, we focus on new ideas and projects to attract more tourists to Turrialba. Your ideas and input are greatly apreciated.

    An excellent computer literacy is requested, as you will be working with our reservation system and with several Google Drive documents. Also you will be answering emails through Gmail and the OTA's (Online Travel Agencies) we work with.

    Other important qualities to volunteer for us is to be self-motivated, pro-active, sociable and kind, you like to be of service to people, you have positive energy, a commitment to contribute to the friendly atmosphere and wanting to be part of making this hotel a wonderful place.

    If interested please add your current location, date of availability, intended length of stay and the reason why you think we will be a good match for eachother.

    If you have a Whatsapp number please include that in your message.


    PS we are 3,5 hours from the beach, so if you are interested in surfing, this is not it ;)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A private room with private bathroom if available. In high season you might share with other volunteers.
    You get to use all the communal areas, the fully equipped kitchen, the chill garden and the rooftop terrace.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is easy to reach us as public buses go hourly either from San Jose. The trip takes 2 hours.
    You will have plenty of free time in which you can do tours in the area, go white water rafting, hike up the volcano, bike, spend a day at the waterfalls, visit the Guayabo archaeological park, hang out at one of the local swimmingpools or... just relax in one of the hammocks on our roofterrace :)

  • 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

    We have a fast WIFI connection throughout the whole house . So perfect if you would like to work online on other jobs/ projects.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

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