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ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: We're looking for long, medium and short term volunteers to help with our actions.
We are in need of up to 4 helpers that can start as soon as possible. MINIMUM STAY - 3 WEEKS.
Welcome to our hotel, a spectacular period Victorian construction that catches the eye of passers-by on a corner of central San José. This grand old wooden structure lent itself perfectly in its former life as a very successful youth hostel. Over the years, this business gained recognition from likes of TripAdvisor and others with multiple certificates of excellence to its name due to its high customer feedback.
Now the business is in the process of transforming permanently into a Bed & Breakfast (Half Board Hotel), with the ambition of once again attaining such awards in its new form. Our customer's experience will be key to this, and so we are looking for people to help build a reputation for treating the guests in a friendly, warm and accommodating manner that befits the atmosphere of a homely guesthouse.
This is a work in progress when it comes to the reformations of some rooms and the hotel itself, so with that in mind there will be plenty of opportunity for you to help out manually with some work and we are all ears when it comes to practical solutions to the general restoration and maintenance of the building.
So we are looking for people who would like to get involved with a real variety of tasks that you may find yourself assigned with here. Variety is the key word mentioned, as this business is moving from one concept to another and there is lots to be done in between.
We are looking for energetic people who like to really like to find their way through contribution here, there is a lot of potential everywhere you look, so those who would genuinely get the most out of this experience would be the sort of person who wants to share some of their vision, someone who could positively impose themselves through their creativity and ideas to the journey of transfomation here.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsLanguage practiceTeachingGardeningDIY and building projectsCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
As we are in the capital of San José, you will be living in the stand-out city and cultural heart of Costa Rica. Understandably, most tourists tend to pass through San José on their way to the beautiful coasts , but if you stay here you will have to opportunity to do what many others don't and really immerse yourself into the experience of what it is like to live more like a local here in 'Chepe'.
Within the hotel you will have the opportunity to interact with the full-time staff here who are very friendly native Spanish speakers, as well as other locals of San José who drop by on business with the hotel. This makes for a great cultural exchange to take advantage of; especially if you are motivated to learn Spanish through immersion. This is entirely optional, and a decent command of English is all that is required to help out here.
Although the shifts are set for the four days of work, in return you will have three days off to make full use of and go to explore!
There will be a variety of tasks that you may find yourself doing at the moment, so expect yourself to move from one task to another during the day. It could be hotel reception work tending to guest needs, helping with the full-time staff who clean, cook and serve the guests, as well as anything from housekeeping, general up-keep to unexpected odd-jobs /ad-hock tasks.
Volunteers will share their accommodation with the other volunteers who happen to be here at the same time (bedding provided )
No meals provided
There is a small shared space with a great set of gas hobs for cooking, as well as a fridge and some cupboard space to store your food.
There is also a lounge room just off the reception desk where you can congregate and make a more cozy atmosphere for your stay here.
It should be stressed that there are no washing facilities on the premises, you can pay to have your clothes washed at one of the lavanderias in town (we have some great suggestions!)
What else ...
We are located in a 100 year old Victorian building, so as with all old houses, not everything is brand new and sometimes things go wrong. But we are constantly making changes to keep on top of this and we are in the process of upgrading our rooms and common areas. We have various plans to offer better amenities here, these improvements are always aided by constructive feedback received from volunteers and guests alike.
Additionally, we aim to be more environmentally thoughtful when it comes to water and energy consumption, so there is a schedule in place for hot water, a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night. In addition, we make full use of all of the windows for natural light instead of needlessly relying on too many lights being switched on.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
The internet connection gets speeds of up to 50Mbps download speed
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
6 hours, 4 days per week (max 25 a week)
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Accuracy of profile:
During her time with us, she established good relations with
Whoever considers taking her as volunteer, do not not hesitate any
We thank them very much for their efforts in our developing project. And we wish them success in the next stages of
The house is so well located that you get to know the most important places in San Jose with a small walk.
The work itself was really
I had shifts in the morning working in the Hostel changing bedsheets, cleaning windows, cleaning the outside area with the kitchen. Or shifts in the night working on the restaurant. Mostly preparing drinks at the
The Hostel ist nice, quiet and close to the City Center, but the City of San Jose is very Busy and not that beautiful. You just work 4 days a week, so 3 days of
In the beginning the work at the restaurant was a bit challenging because I don‘t speak fluently Spanish but the staff is really kind and helps you a lot! The work at the hostel was easy and you can meet guests from all over the world. I had a lot of
The staff at this place is amazing, every one of them is extremely friendly and integrates you into the team. From Rafa and Andrea in the Restaurant, to the boys in the kitchen and the guys at the reception, even the ladies who do the cleaning, there isn't one person who I didn't love
During their stay they did their best assisting in the restaurant and the hostel, their immediate response helped us to navigate during
Lo importante primero: me encanta este staff:)
Un lugar muy muy lindo con gente tan amable, extrovertida, cariñosa y te van a apoyar si necesites ayuda. Me quedé casi dos meses en el hostal y voy a extrañarlo. Hay diferentes opciones: trabajar en el hostal o en el restaurante (justamente al lado). Tú puedes elegir pero lo
The schedule is good for those who like to travel around because Costa Rica only has one day road trips so you get to know the country in your
I work some times in the restaurant and some times whit the beds, I really enjoy both works and I make some really good friends. I share whit other volunteers and learn a lot
Also the hostel has a good location so it is really easy to move around.
I will love
I stayed there a lot of time for a lot of reasons, but one I really
The hostel close to everywhere and in a safe place.
I was helping in the restaurant with Andrea and Pedro(they are so nice)
The people in the
Everyone was really friendly and having 3 days off was great for exploring other places in Costa Rica! Being so close to the bus terminals was really helpful, I could get around so easily!! Thanks so much for a great experience!
I had a great time and I would come back anytime! The people who are working there are so nice and working with Marilyn and Lili in the morning was always funny.
I miss them all and I
This is a great hostel, friendly and the work is cool! You definitely have to go there!
Thanks for to
Two fantastic hard working and friends helpful volunteers. They were here for two months and it was really a honor for us!!!! they were working all the time since very early with a positive acttiude and smile all the time, they really help us to improve much things at the hostel with new ideas and work, micha and Elli
amazing and we made friends with Paula and Andre, the girls from the reception. We did paint, did the beds and helped out everywhere we were needed. For us travelling together it wasn't so nice that we needed to work in different shifts, so we recommend it more for a single traveller. We both
The staff is nice and volunteers have their own dorm (we are only 2 sleeping there at the moment).