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Help in our bed & breakfast in San José, Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica
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  • Last activity: 9 Dec 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    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 opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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!

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    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 ...

    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

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The internet connection gets speeds of up to 50Mbps download speed

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    6 hours, 4 days per week (max 25 a week)

Host ref number: 6413236624db

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