My husband and I own a small hostel in the middle of the main street of a surfy town. This town is one of the few remaining places in Bahia, Northeast Brazil, where the Atlantic rainforest meets the sea. It is famous for its surf, beaches, waterfalls, rediculous beauty, capoeira, reggae and amazing vibe.
We are in our mid thirtees, but we packed up our lives in London 6 years ago to move here and start our new lives as hostel owners. We had no previous experience in this line of work and when we came the hostel was in a real state. Since then we have building, improving and adding as much as we can to get the place looking great and functioning well.
We still have a huge amount to learn and do and we love getting enthusiastic, creative people with new ideas and skills helping add to it.
We are a 10minute walk to 4 of the local beaches (there are many more!), 10mins to the town center and next to the bars and restaurants (because of how the property is arranged we don't suffer with street noise).
Our hostel is very sociable and we pride ourselves on making our guests feel at home and providing lots of entertainment and relaxation. Part of what gives it that homley feel is that our volunteers are like family and enjoy being part of it and sharing it with others.
We have a pool table, foosball table, book exchange, games, hammocks, communal kitchen, an awesome bar, lots of art and a beautiful big garden. We also have sky tv and plenty of music equipment.
We have a variety of activities during the week including: film nights, games, massage, capoeira (when requested), juggling, bbq's, pizza's etc. We regularily have musicians play at ours and started a jam night which, over the years, has become very popular with the whole town.
We also have 3 beautiful dogs, Lena, Jam & Jeffrey, a cat named Bambam and a kitten called Daisy Violence.
This year we want to get started on some eco projects i.e., rain water collection system, hot water system, bottle wall etc.
The hostel has a maximum of 24 beds in 8 rooms and upto 15 people in camping during busy times.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are very connected to various cultural groups in the town including the capoeira groups, language schools, new kids sport community project, NGO which teaches children in one of the poorest areas, they could learn about the local religion Candomble, how to dance Forro - the local dance and if they are musically inclided they could join in with our weekly jam session which includes the local musicians and passing musicians playing together with our range of musical equipment.
We also do run some community projects including helping to clean up the beaches and town. This we feel is very important in such a beautiful and tourist town, which has in the past suffered with a lot of litter and lack of awareness of the importance of having and maintaining a system of cleaning and educating against littering.
It's also a great opportunity to practice any language skills, learn surfing, capoeira, dancing, learn Baianese cuisine and feel at home in this amazing town.
We've had volunteers help us since the beginning and all of them have brought something different to the team. They are an invaluable part of the hostel!
The volutneers are made of different characters, cultures, ideals and experiences. We have a number of projects and ideas and love it when people with arts skills, eco building, composting, design and any number of other skills come along and help make their own mark on the place.
Mostly the volunteer life at the hostel is talking to guests, showing them around the hostel and town, some cleaning and odd jobs around the hostel and getting involved with activities such as playing music (if you're musically inclined).
The role is varied and suits sociable people who want to improve their language skills and get to know a small town well.
Ideally we're looking for people who can commit to 2-3 months.
We offer our volunteers breakfast, a bed in our staff dorm, cheap drinks, dinner (several times per week), free trips including: waterfalls, beaches, boat trips, rafting, capoeira, juggling etc and the opportunity to run your own events, classes or meals and get actively involved in the events in town.
Anyone with cooking, yoga, massage, cooking and music skills can do very well with us and in the town in general.
We offer a bed in a shared dedicated staff dorm, which has a fan, its own bathroom with shower and is larger than the other dorms. In the event that we have more than 4 volunteers at once, you may be in a regular dorm until a space frees up in this one.
There are 12 beaches in the area, 7 of which are within a 20 minute walk of the hostel. There are also waterfalls, rivers, a skate bowl on one of the beaches, slack lines, nature trails, surf, and of course lots of forest.
The climate is tropical and ranges from 22 degrees celcius (absolute lowest) in 'winter' to 35 in the hottes summer months. Summer is Dec-Mar. Winter, or more accuarately raining season, is Jun-Aug. During raining season there is obviously a lot of rainfall, but there is also plenty of sunshine.
The town is fairly small with a registered population of 30k people. It has a very mixed population with, of course, plenty of locals, but also has a variety of people living here from the rest of Brazil and South America, as well as from all over the world.
In the high season (Dec-early Mar) there are a lot of tourists. The busiest times of the year is the week of New Years, followed by Carnival. The quieter months are May, June, September and November, though during public holidays (there are plenty) it gets a bit busier.
In October there is an international surf comp. Surf is bigger during the 'winter' months, but there is surf all year round, which one of the reasons why this is considered a surfers paradise in Brazil.
There are a lot of things to do in this beautiful little town. It has a really relaxed vibe and attracts a lot of backpackers, surfers, lone travellers as well as groups of party people and families. Some of the things you can do here is: Capoeira, whale watching (Aug-Oct), rafting, kayaking, zip lining, body boarding, yoga, visit the sloth sanctuary, cacao plantation and much more!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week