Volunteer Experience in San Jose


Costa Rica

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    Welcome Volunteer Applicant!

    We would like to welcome you to our 2013-2014 volunteer program.

    Ours is a small hostel with a lot of heart. When conceived, the owners took a serious commitment to change how travelers experience hostels. In order to truly change the game, we acknowledged the importance of a proficient volunteer program where travelers not only work in return for their stay, but also contribute to the experience. Fueled by this fact, we designed a volunteer program that fuses our needs to your goal of getting to know our beautiful country without compromising your wallet.

    Our program is heavily travel-driven. We aim to provide volunteers the change to get the most of their trip so that in turn we may reap the benefits of a motivated and determined staff.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Help


    As of right now (May 2014) we are looking for a volunteer that could add more value to the hostel by helping with skills in different areas not related to maintenance and house cleaning.

    We are looking for people with backgrounds in the following areas:

    • Business Administration: Marketing, Inventories, Human Resources
    • Graphic Design
    • Web Design
    • Art & Muralism
    • Publicity
    • Photography

    You must have a resume or a portfolio that proves your backgrounds in the area you are more capable; people without those backgrounds can still send their applications to be considered for the volunteer.


    Our volunteers will provide housecleaning, marketing, and food services. Volunteers will be assigned tasks which importance is directly related to our customer retention and satisfaction strategies.

    They will be in charge of the following:

    • Enforcing our sanitary processes and regulations, at all times aiming to maintain and exceed our standards, thus decreasing customer turnover.
    • Promoting the hostel throughout Costa Rica through direct marketing methods.
    • Preparing daily meals for guests and staff members.

    We are looking for the following people:


    • English is a must.
    • Spanish is a plus, although not required.


    • 18-30 (nothing personal against older folks, we are just a youth hostel)
    • Both genders.


    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Will power
    • Good personal skills
    • Resourcefulness
    • Responsibility
    • Confidence

    Working Schedule:

    We offer three different programs:

    Basic-Works 5 days per week; 5 hours per day; 3 hours on call
    Premium-Works 2.5 days per week;5 hours per day; 3 hours on call
    Bonanza-Works 2.5 days per week; 5 hours per day; 2 hours on call

    Our three programs benefits:

    • Free accommodation and access to the hostels services
    • Free coffee and tea
    • Free breakfast
    • Free one day tour: awesome one day road trip to a volcano or other national park in the central region.
    • Free Tico Seminar: an introduction to Costa Rican culture and language to help volunteers settle in his/her first days.
    • Commission based referral program.
    • Friends with the owners (always a benefit).

    Furthermore, the Premium and Bonanza programs both include the following benefits:

    • Hostal T Shirt
    • Laundry Service: 5 kilograms of free laundry service per month
    • Beach Party: free weekend trip to a beachfront house in Jaco beach (includes accommodation, transportation and breakfast)
    • Bus tickets to the Hot Springs in Arenal Volcano and to our Cloud Forest in Monteverde
    • Carpe Chepe: pub crawl that takes you to 5 of San Jose's hottest bars


    • Minimum: 15 days
    • Maximum: 3 months


    • 1 position
    • All year round

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Basic Program: staff quarter (includes breakfast)+benefits
    Premium Program: staff quarter with shared bathroom (includes breakfast)
    Bonanza Program: staff quarter with shared bathroom (includes breakfast)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please contact us so we can send you detailed information of our volunteer program.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day.

Host ref number: 265185334323