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We have started a hostel for backpackers and bar/cafe in the middle of Durres city in the summer of 2014. The hostel is located in an old Italian villa from 1930, located on the main square. We have restored everything and are now up and running. But we always need some handy people who can help improve our place! It is the first and only hostel for backpackers in town.
New season has started! Now we have work in reception but we need mostly help for general maintenance , cleaning and new projects during the summer 2022. Also we have planned to do some renovation in outdoor area.
If you are interested , send us an email.
Thank you !
Types of help and learning opportunitiesLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Durres is a city that is not crowded with tourists like Tirana. It is calm, peaceful, and full of local people. It is a wonderful atmosphere to go on an evening stroll through the city center or along the boardwalk. The local fresh market is a wonderful experience. Local, organic, and also imported vegetables, fruit, dairy, spices, teas, beans, meat, etc. Durres is a good base for taking day trips to nearby towns of interest. There are several beaches close by. And small mountains around too. With an easy hike you can get to a high point with amazing views of the sea and city.
We need a few volunteers to help us out at our very special hostel. We are in a converted Italian villa in the center of Durres. More and more guests are coming to visit us in our beautiful Albania.
We can use helpers with a variety of skills. Most important is work at the reception desk, helping the cleaner with light housekeeping duties (laundry, sweeping of floors, and washing dishes) and keeping the guests happy. General maintenance is also very important for us.
Do you have any fix-it, handy-man, or construction abilities? We are doing renovations in our garden and help is needed! There are always a few repairs to do as well, if you are willing and able.
Do any of these sound good to you?
We will provide you with accommodation in one of our comfortable dorms, breakfast, wifi and use of the washing machine. Life here is relaxed, happy, and peaceful. You should enjoy every aspect of life. The seaside is a couple of minutes from the hostel.
Let us know if you are interested!!
We would prefer a commitment of a 1-2 week/stay, helping a maximum of 5 hours a day (5 hr shifts on reception which is very easy work), 5 days a week.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
We offer a bed in one of our dorms including breakfast, coffee and tea during the day, Wi-Fi, free laundry and our hospitality!
What else ...
If you come to Durres, you can also enjoy your time on the beach, enjoy great seafood, spend some time in Tirana (only 40 min by bus), the historic town of Berat, or Kruje, or play football on the beaches. It is also a great place to start to go for some day trips to south or north of Albania. Or go to Italy, the ferries leave/arrive here. It is after Tirana the second largest city of Albania, and has a great Mediterranean vibe.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours a day 5 days a week
It was a pleasure to have him and I highly recommend him to other hosts.
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It was a pleasure to have him and I highly recommend him to other hosts.
I had a lot of fun while I was there, and the days went very well. I had very good memories with the volunteers: Simon, Ema, Kerry, Rhonda,
Responsible, adaptable , very polite and easy going. Helped us a lot with the travellers and with a group that we were hosting.
They were always up on time, reliable and looked after all the tasks , especially the 3 days that we went
She takes responsibility, is always asking 'how can I help' and being generally available to assist at all
They were always fun to have around. It was a very positive experience.
They both integrated easily into the daily routine and tackled all their tasks with
First of all thank you so much for everything! We enjoy every minute at your awesome hostel. We felt really at home.
For the ones who are looking forward to come to Durres, this is the best place you can choose.
The girls are super nice and relaxed and they have a lot of patience to explain everything. Best hosts you will
Always helpful, even outside of any working hours, always in a good mood, very hardworking and independent.
He stayed with us 1 month and he was very interested and very motivated.
He helped us with many different things, mostly in the reception that
They are very nice , open-minded , beautiful souls, very clean and definitely helped us with various tasks.
We recommend them for the contribution they can make to your project in many different fields, and as a very conscious people and the high frequency vibrations that
She has great skills, an attitude of helpful service, and she was a very enjoyable companion as well.
We were really impressed with how she pitched right in and helped us get a lot done during the time she was here. Nicole is very responsible, kind, respectful, friendly and smily.
Thank you Merli and Kity for a beautiful stay at your hostel, for trusting in my work and for all the moments of laughter and dancing.
It has been an incredible experience being with you.
I will certainly miss Lioni and of course
The hostel is in a really central location, the breakfasts are really nice and the
I showed up during covid time and the hostel wasn't officially open but the family let me and a friend do work exchange around the hostel to stay out of the upcoming snow (traveling on a bicycle) we cleaned up and built a lil rooftop bar out of pallets they had laying around. the hostel is in a prime spot and the owners are so
He helped me a lot with reception and taking care of the guests. Also worked without a timetable. I couldn't stay all the time in the hostel in that period so i trusted him everything. He did everything that was asked with a
the place is beautiful, with a touch of art, and a relaxed atmosphere.
the job is easy and not demanding, but at the same time there is the possibility to learn a lot and to meet good friends.
Merli, the manager, and her family, are really friendly and helpful
You are always welcome to stay at my place one day :) !
Merli, Kiti y su Familia son grandes personas, gracias por la oportunidad tan linda que nos brindaron y
The both started to work in the reception desk, Diana was a manager in another hostel in Colombia so she knew pretty much the work with the sites and our system. Fabian is a masterchef from 10
This was their first workaway experience and they did it perfectly. They helped me and the others with all the things we needed. They created such a good atmosphere, always smiling, taking care of everything. Interacting with
He helped in reception and other tasks around the hostel and always willing to help extra when needed.
Would truly reccomend him, he is easy going and quite person with positive vibes.
All the best from Durres.
They stayed 2 months with us and the experience was incredible. Extremely friendly, polite and great to have around. A very responsible couple of doing the work very well.
They helped in everything from reception to maintenance , keeping the place always clean, interacting with
At first we were supposed to stay for one month, but we ended up staying for two. We helped her create a new booking system for the
I was in Durres only for a couple of weeks before the summer and I really had a great time over there, the hostel has a chill and nice atmosphere, the job is quite simply, volunteers in general ar in charge of reception and keep the place clean, tidy and of course hang out with
This was a fantastic experience for us with the girls and the dog Khali. Laura and Stephanie have been amazing! They took care of everything and more. Friendly, helpful, taking initiatives. They create such a good energy around people. The stayed with us for 1 month and worked at the reception desk, check in and check
L'ambiance était géniale et les personnes chaleureuses.
Ben et Merli sont les proprietaire et manager de l'auberge. Ils nous ont accueilli à bras ouverts, nous ont fait confiance et on s'est senti comme a la maison.
Notre principal travail était d'accueillir et enregistrer les voyageurs,
Highly recommended to let her stay at your place
As soon as you enter the hostel
You have great feeling, you truly feel
Home, the ambient is relax and confortable, the bar next to the hostel has a beautiful atmosphere and music.
Ben and Ellen were really nice and helpful,
Thank you for the espace and time here!
Furthermore she is very friendly, always willing to help extra when needed, and very sociable with guests.
Would truly recommend her, she is easy going and a quiet person, though hard working!
To begin, the hostel is a magic sort of place
In these couple of weeks we have worked hard to get everything ready for the summer season. All tasks were taken without any problem, definitely recommend her to stay with you!
I worked at Hostel Dürres for the month of November and had a very comfortable and pleasant experience. The accommodation is comfortable, the kitchen is huge and very well equipped and the work is easy and straight-forward. November was quite slow but Ben made sure that myself, the other volunteers and guests were
It has now passed a quite long time since we was at one of the best workaway places you could be on. We were at hostel almost 1,5 months totally and we really enjoyed every minute of it. Ben and Ellen are a really nice couple that really care about their volunteers. We felt like home all the time.
We was working with all
Enjoy your stay in Greece!!
Always willing to give an extra hand.
Definitely recommend Alex!!
Come back any time!
Durres itself is a wonderful and vibrant city, full of culture and good hospitality. However, the best part of our time spent here, was none other than the hours spent at the hostel. We were in such comfort and bliss that we found it difficult at times to leave the place, even during
It was so nice to have a team of volunteers which was very happy altogether and seeing them have lots of fun together!!
Wishing him all the best and hope to see him again one day! Take care!!
Ben, Ellen and he other volunteers made me feel at home the moment I walked in. The place had such a chilled out vibe and everyone who stayed there was always so happy. Having beers in the bar, going to the beach, going on road trips, this place has been such a
Furthermore he is hard working, smart, very good with design. On his time off he is quiet person, writing stories, but very
Oh. My family from Hostel Durrës. I will miss you a lot.
I was with them almost three months and I went with tears in my eyes. Because at that time I was very happy. Extremely happy. I felt like in my home. Very comfortable.
Ben and Ellen are two beautiful people who opened the
This is still of great value for our business. Besides that, its a great guy to have around, lots of fun and responsible. Come back any time Trevor!
Sara is lovely, big smile (which is always on her face) and great interacting with guests. We wish them all the best in their travels and in their life!!
Hope you will come
Thanks Lucas, hope to see you back sometime!
No hesitation to recommend this nice couple from Chili to come and work with you!
Take care! Xx
Beside that she is a warm person, nice and interactive with guests and other volunteers. All in all a very nice experience!
Work wise I had mainly reception duties and took it upon myself to spring clean everything while there weren't too many guests so I enjoyed organizing and
he takes care of the place, very talkative with guests, making breakfast and playing a lot with our son. He is actually still asking for him.
so we definitely recommend Adam to work a your place.
I had an AMAZING time. Loved every minute of it. You get the opportunity to fully express yourself as a person, a host, a cook, a local guide, and whatever comes to mind.
As an added bonus, Ben and Ellen has one of the most sweetest, awesomest, funnest, clever 2+
You will see, this place is not just a hostel... it is full of art and inspiring quotes, it's like an oasis in the
Friendly, helpful, taking initiatives. Helping us prepare for the season with her artistic view. Thanks!!
Amazing place, amazing city, amazing staff...We had a great time with the guests, during the dinners, painting and decorating, getting to know albanian culture! The work was easy and always with freedom to choose the work shifts! Thank you very much Ben, Wanda,
Marcos can charm you with his magic and music. Ezyê than will charm you with her cooking and pictures. She is very good with her camara and the techniek ' light painting'.
Toghetter they just make a great team!
thank you :)
Always willing to help out, do something useful for the hostel and just fun to hang out with. Definitely recommend her to any place!!
They are very kind and quiet persons, but very interested in the stories of guests and very social. I highly recommend them to any one and