ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: We're looking for long, medium and short term volunteers to help with our actions.
We are in need of up to 3 individual helpers that can start as soon as possible. MINIMUM STAY - 3 WEEKS. Unfortunately we are not accepting couples or groups of volunteers at this time.
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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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.
The hours of volunteering are longer than what can be expected in other WorkAway stays, but 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 )
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 with a TV where you can congregate and make a more homely 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 a launderette just down the street.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The internet connection gets speeds of up to 30Mbps download speed
More than two
6 hours, 4 days per week (max 25 a week)
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