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If you're interested in visiting Bend, Oregon, then your experience starts with us. The New York Times rates Bend as a top global destination for "great outdoors" and "craft brewing". Outdoor activities include hiking and climbing at Smith Rock and biking and skiing at Mt. Bachelor, among others. You'll also have a chance to tour dozens of micro-breweries.
The town of Bend is only 3.5 hours from Portland, Oregon, and only about 2.0 hours from Crater Lake National Park, and our historic house is only 2.5 blocks from downtown. Our goal is to provide an affordable, interactive experience for the adventure traveler, and we're looking forward to meeting others with the same interests and passions.
Your Workaway cultural exchange will allow you meet people across the globe and help them enjoy our city. You will have an opportunity to enhance your English speaking, if you desire. You will learn the hospitality industry. You will work with cloud-based technologies to learn property management. You will learn customer service. And you will be able to organize activities and events for our guests.
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Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
We currently have a variety of different types of positions available. They range from back of house operations with little guest interaction to front of house management level position with high staff and guest interaction. Candidates should be 21+ because we serve alcohol on site. When you reach out PLEASE TELL US WHAT POSITION YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.
1. Front Desk
These staff should enjoy a position that involves customer service/interaction, attention to detail, and social environments. Our front desk staff help with housekeeping as well as managing the front desk. You can expect to prepare bedrooms, strip and make beds, clean and store linens and towels, and clean bedrooms, bathrooms, and communal spaces. You will also work with cloud-based technologies to learn property management. Your responsibilities will include: create and cancel reservations, process payments and refunds, check guests in and out, respond to e-mails, take phone calls, answer guest questions, and resolve guest concerns. We typically look for workawayers who would like to stay 3-4 months with three shifts a week.
We need a jack of all trades! Our house was built in 1910, which means stuff breaks around here sometimes! We need someone who is proficient, responsible, and confident in taking on maintenance problems as they occur as well as monthly upkeep around the hostel (snaking drains, pressure washing, deep cleaning, mowing lawn, shoveling snow etc.). This position requires someone who wants to be active and work hard both indoors and outdoors through all seasons. We would like to find a workawayer to stay for at least 4 months.
3. Fire Watch
We are looking for night owls! We need someone who can commit to 5 overnights shifts that are 4 hour chunks from either 12am-4am or 4am-8am. The shifts are little guest interaction and require 30 minute rounds of checking the house for fire/smoke, enforcing our quiet hours of 10pm-8am, and light security (making sure guests are safe and respecting the house, no one sleeping in common areas, etc.).
The Workaway team lives in the penthouse suite on the top-floor of our historic home in downtown Bend, Oregon. You will have your own bunk bed (with power and WiFi), your own wardrobe and drawer space, free laundry, a free light breakfast (including coffee/tea/juice/cocoa/milk, fruit, and fresh local bread), community kitchen use, a free beer every shift, and other discounts on food, drinks, etc.
Those flying into the Portland international airport can rent a car and arrive in Bend in about 3.5 hours or you can take a bus on Central Oregon Breeze (takes about 4.0 hours) or US Amtrak (takes about 5.0 hours).
Those flying into the Roberts Field regional airport can take the HighDesert POINT shuttle and arrive in Bend in about 0.5 hours, or feel free to downtown apps for either Uber or Lyft.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have strong internet connection and see many digital nomads traveling through. There are spaces in the hostel for people to work on their computers.
We may have space for van lifers to stay with us. We do not provide hook ups and the vehicle must be under 24 feet long.
More than two
22.5 hours per week