Looking for reliable, energetic and cheerful people to help us out in the first eco-hostel in Tartu, Estonia



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  • Description



    Our Eco-hostel is run by NGO, non-profit organization. All revenue goes to maintain the hostel and support our different eco-projects that are in progress.
    Raising awareness of environmental issues and inspiring travelers to be more environment-conscious are our main goals.
    We are focused on green living and re/up-cycling and want to show our guests, volunteers and also people in town how small changes in everyday habits are easy but can make a difference.
    Besides that we also value creativity - we are always a work in progress. Our ideal aim is to host people who love traveling and socializing but want to keep their ecological footprint small.
    We constantly have some environmental experiments going on where volunteers can learn or share their knowledge about ecological living.
    We have existed in Tartu for almost 9 years. Our hostel family currently has 3 members (paid staff) - some of them are still studying in University of Tartu, others have graduated from different universities in Estonia and 2 founders.

    The hostel is also making collaboration with a new social enterprise called Paranduskelder. It is situated near the hostel and the main aim is to promote the repairing culture. There is an opportunity to use the open workshop, learn how to repair things and take part/organize different workshops related to sustainability.

    Our usual volunteers mostly help us with cleaning in the mornings and some other projects going on at that time. BUT,
    we are currently also looking for a person to work at our reception for 2-3 months in the summer. If you have interest in working at our reception (especially if you already have experience in the field), please still answer the usual questions, that you can find if you read the rest of the information about us, and then add the bit about being interested in reception work. We'll send you more information about working hours etc after that.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are constantly changing and the hostel looks like the people who are working here, so everyone can have their say in its progress. All our workers and volunteers can try different tasks, so it would not get too monotonous.
    Volunteers can learn and experience the green lifestyle in a hostel environment. But can also teach us.
    Right now we have aquaponics, worm-composting and bokashi compost on testing.

    Volunteers can use our bicycles to move around the town and make small trips outside of the town.
    Besides that: Tartu is a small historic university town that has a relaxed and youthful vibe. It is the second biggest town in Estonia and the town is surrounded by nature - forest and farmlands. The transportation to and from Tartu is great, so it's possible to visit other towns and valuable natural areas. So whatever interests you have, you can find it here in the town or around it.

  • Help


    If you have never worked in the hostel business before, this could be your chance to try it. If you already have that experience then you know how pleasant and fun it can be.
    We need help with cleaning and preparing the rooms but it is as important as chatting with the guests and making them feel welcome here.
    Everything here is in constant change, we are rebuilding and rearranging things all the time, so sometimes we need help with building things, painting, gardening, redesigning, sewing and all great and crazy ideas how to improve the hostel are always welcome.
    We can also share Eco-lifestyle ideas with each other. We are always as keen as learning from others as inspiring.
    But if you want to join us then you also have to take into account that everyday tasks can be repetitive.

    We also need help with our website or if you have creative ideas, and like to write things, you could help us out in making posts to social media and organizing events - we have had concerts on the rooftop, movie nights with the staff and different workshops once in a while. But it is best if you are social and active yourself.

    If you consider applying to come and join our team please answer those questions for us (if you are surprised by some of them, then those are just for spam-check because we get a lot of spam request but we prefer volunteers who really like to come to join us not just any place ):
    What color are your eyes? :D
    What do you think one day in the hostel as a volunteer looks like?
    What are your best skills?
    What is that one thing you absolutely don't like to do?
    When would you like to join us and for how long would you like to stay with us?
    Where are you traveling now and where are you planning to go next?
    How "green" you consider yourself to be?

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Estonian: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Russian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Shared dormitory.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers can wander around Tartu, visit lovely woodenhouse areas, relax on the riverside, go to the beach and swim, visit museums or science center, bars and cafes. Or take a train or bus and explore the surrounding nature areas: big lakes like Peipsi, Võrtsi or Saadjärv; forest trails, small villages or other towns near by. There are cool hiking places around and we recommend going to bogs to get the real Estonian nature experience.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours per day and 5 days of working every week

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Host ref number: 318337614795