Come and join our Best-kept Secret project in Manila, Philippines



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  • Description


    Everyone is welcome in the best-kept backpacker secret, an alternative guesthouse on a mission to change the way travelers experience local life.

    Voted best hostel in the Philippines and a top choice in Manila, we inspire visitors to see the beauty and poetry in a place through unique travel experiences, engaging activities and a guest community unlike any other. Our team is comprised of 8 local staff: manager, secretary, cleaners, maintenance, cook and a driver. Having international volunteers join us inspires our team and exposes us to a variety of practices, customs and worldview. People have come from all over to help train and shares skills with us, and it's all thanks to Workaway.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers who are eager to delve into local culture and contribute positively to individual locals will find this opportunity enriching. They will have a chance to learn and help in a whole new environment and mingle with locals, learn Filipino and Philippine culture and, of course, be able to explore parts of the area few tourists ever get to see!

  • Help


    We’re rebuilding!

    Help us in the Philippines’ only alternative hostel where community-building is most valued. We are the longest-running traveler house in the city and everything in the hostel had been built by other travelers, including the painted walls, reception desk, fixtures, etc. It’s that kind of place!

    After 7 years of hosting thousands of travelers, we want to improve some more! Volunteers are always welcome to help us with ongoing DIY projects. Please let us know what skills you may share!

    If you are an easy-going, proactive and positive individual then perhaps you can help us with...

    *️️️️️️ Adding art installations in any and all spaces between 5 floors.
    *️️️️️️ Helping organize and form groups for tours!
    *️️️️️️ Translating signages and pamphlets into foreign languages.
    *️️️️️️ Selling trips to our guests and walking the streets to invite more.

    * 15 hours maximum per week! (3 hours per day, 5 days per week)

    *️️️️️️ A cozy, friendly home to call your own!
    *️️️️️️ New friends for a lifetime.
    *️️️️️️ Opportunities to save and earn on the side.
    *️️️️️️ Chance to travel outside Manila.
    *️️️️️️ Food is not included, but we dine together.

    Our preferences...
    *️️️️️️ Commit at least 2 full weeks.
    *️️️️️️ Prior experience not needed.
    *️️️️️️ Proactive work ethic.
    *️️️️️️ Prior positive attitude, an ABSOLUTE must.

    *️️️️️️ We are LGBT friendly and welcoming!
    *️️️️️️ We love vegans, vegetarians and anyone with dietary restrictions. There is a public wet market within walking distance, which can be chaotic but cheap for fresh produce.

    *️️️️️️ 2 Jan - 15 Jan: Christian USA (Installed new toilets, general cleaning)
    *️️️️️️ 2 Feb - 1 Mar: Emily Canada (Knowledgeable and approachable host, led night outs, created breakfast menu)
    *️️️️️️ 15 Feb - 1 Mar: Mayowa USA (Built urban compost bin, initiated Saturday Storytelling with Street Children)
    *️️️️️️ May - July: Shelby USA (Painted two brand new private rooms for occupancy)
    *️️️️️️ 22 Nov - Jan 8: Lem Canada (Introduced everyone to gloving light shows, fund-raised 600 euros for North Cemetery children, led many pub crawls in Quezon City, compiled music and movie playlists, created videos, made meaningful connections with guests)
    *️️️️️️ Jan 8 - Feb 16: Ramon Spain will be hosting, leading dinners and taking people to local boxing gym and around the city!
    *️️️️️️ Jan 20 - Mar 20: Alvin USA built our brand-new website.

    ------ how to join us... ------
    Include your travel itinerary like flights and destinations in your message, along with your email address, phone number and availability for a Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime introduction! Let’s talk!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Filipino

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation depends on length of stay. Room is fan-only and shared bath.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers may choose to lead other travelers on day trips in and out of Manila, including waterfalls, volcanoes and food walks. We also need representatives at fairs, events and markets that take place around the city. There are many more opportunities to earn a little bit of stipend and travel fund, if you are driven and positive!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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 15 hours - no food

Host ref number: 639166345443