Discover Idrija, a UNESCO gem in Slovenija, and help us bring new life to this old building.



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    Our hostel is located in an old nunnery and boarding school in small town of Idrija, Slovenija. Enlisted on a UNESCO heritage list, Idrija has a rich history of technical, cultural and culinary heritage. Hostel is ran by youth organisation which is focused on developing and enriching the youth life in Idrija with various workshops, seminars and events in all of it's areas (culture, sports, social life).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Idrija is a small, but friendly and welcoming, town on the UNESCO heritage list. Surrounded by hills and rivers, it's a beautiful pearl worth discovering. You will be part of a young team and thus in touch with people of varying knowledge and expertise, EVS volunteers, and the local community that support us. You will get to learn the detailed cultural heritage of Idrija, and its significance to Slovenia as a whole. We encourage you to travel around and can teach basics of Slovenian!

  • Help


    We only recently took over the hostel, which is located in a 1930s building built by Italians, formerly a nunnery, and then a boarding school. Besides housing the hostel, this huge building is now a home for various youth and community programs. We run the whole place, and various maintenance work is required on daily basis to repair and refresh it, giving this house the new energy it deserves. A pair of hands is always welcome to help the team; tasks can include painting (walls, window frames, fences), doing laundry, taking care of surroundings (watering plants, cleaning, cutting grass) and carrying (removal of old furniture). Previous experience working with various tools is desirable but certainly not necessary. There is also the opportunity to get involved with our youth center- hosting workshops & talks in the local high school, events in the community, or helping a language course.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Accommodation


    We offer a room with two beds for two Workaway volunteers to share, fresh linen and towels, bathroom and free Wi-Fi. During the low season, volunteers may have a private room, if available. We offer one warm meal per day, a delicious 2-course lunch at one of the local restaurants. We also have a new and fully functional kitchen in which volunteers can prepare their own meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although it is a town of only 5,000 people Idrija has plenty to offer; both in the city center, and surrounding region. Volunteers can learn about Idrija’s history by taking a guided tour in the old mercury mine, visiting the castle and its museum exhibitions, learning about the rich history of bobbin lace, enjoying traditional dishes such as Idrijski žlikrofi, and exploring the incredible surrounding nature, with plenty of possibilities for hiking, cycling, flyfishing, rock climbing and swimming. You can visit the protected Dive Jezero, or Wild Lake, with its rich plant life, a 3.5 km light forest walk from the hostel. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, you can visit the mountain huts and hills, offering beautiful views of the valley. In winter, for some fresh air and adrenaline you can enjoy the Cerkno Ski Centre, 27 km from Idrija.
    Idrija is well connected to the Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, with regular bus lines daily. The coastal region is a 1.5 hour drive away by car, and for alpine enthusiasts Triglav National Park is also a 1.5 hour drive away. Come experience the Slovenian way of life, in our picturesque UNESCO town of Idrija! We look forward to hosting you!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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