Immerse in the New Orleans culture while making life long friends, Louisiana, USA


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  • Description


    Hey y'all from Shelby and Joe!

    My name is Shelby and and along with Joe (my business partner) - we are the proud owners of a wonderful hostel situated in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. The hostel is your quintessential New Orleans style home, with the spirit and personality to match. Our vision is to create an environment where people from all over the globe can fully immerse themselves in the New Orleans culture while making life long friends. Our job, and yours, is to maintain a comfortable, social and lively atmosphere for all of our guests. This is our chance to engage with truly amazing people and offer them thoughtful service to better personalize their stay here in New Orleans.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    No experience necessary as we can teach you basic construction, help with any English learning you would like to do and generally show you New Orleans.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    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.

  • Help


    Firstly from October 1st until October 14th (2020) we are looking for volunteers to help with the shutting down of the hostel. This basically means deconstructing some beds, moving things out, general deconstruction. In this project you would be staying at the hostel, but there will not be guests there, although there may be other volunteers.

    Whenever that project is finished we have a personal project of ours that we are looking for a couple volunteers help on a follow up project. We are building a tiny home and renovating our current home! That will run from mid-October until February or March '21, and we are looking for people that can commit a month somewhere in there. The work would be construction and general labor mainly - no experience necessary as we would aim to teach as we went. In this project you would be staying at our personal home in the Bywater (with a semi-private room, and all utilities, wifi etc.)

    For both of these projects we would be looking for around 5 hours per day (not Sunday).

    Please let me know if either of those interest you and we can talk more!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will have a comfortable bed in a semi-private room with all utilities including wifi.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    New Orleans is a wonderful place filled with charm, rich history, diverse culture, world class music and art. It is a city with a feeling. Living here you will be able to get a local sense and enjoy its lively, free spirited always fun nature. Located near the hostel are amazing bars, restaurants and shops along with museums galore. This town loves its liberal arts and will be a great time to let your creative mind shine. We are located four blocks from the street car (trolley, tram) which is a nostalgic piece of New Orleans that takes you all around town for $3 a day. There will be bikes provided as well. We are 4 blocks from the Central Business District and 14 blocks to the famous French Quarter! There is music all around, so musicians and music enthusiasts a like will never have a shortage of good tunes and great vibes. I can't stress enough how amazing the energy is here. The culture is to simply Les Bon Temps Rouller (Let the good times roll).

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    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

    good wifi at house

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    street parking is free

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The OG's! A few outstanding volunteers taking out some of our all time favorite guests on a night out to Frenchmen street for live music and libations.
Two hostel volunteers taking advantage of their FREE tours because they work here at the hostel. Take it to the outdoors and experience the swamps up close and personal on a guided kayak tour.
The Mardis Gras crew of 2018! They will forever be remembered and cherished!
A group of amazing travelers gracing us with their loving and energetic presence in the hostel shared kitchen space.
Another one of myself and the A team on Queen V's last night enjoying wine and company in the common room of the hostel.
Me and my long time friend Ernest, a former hostel volunteer who ended up relocating to New Orleans after his stay because he just couldn't get enough of us! He is also our honorary bike guy!
Myself and a mixed group of guests and volunteers at the Nyx's all female parade during the Mardis Gras festival season! I hosted a potluck at my place on the parade route for all to come and enjoy in the festivities!
Another set of fun and lively volunteers from all over the globe on Julie's parting day!
Myself and 4 INCREDIBLE volunteers having a fancy all vegan dinner lead by our lovely Ariane or our Queen Victoria's parting night.
We love hosting family dinners for the staff and all of our guests. Nothing brings people together like food and wine!
Lovely guests hanging out in our shared courtyard space under the fairy lights!
The front/main common space of the hostel. The hostel is set in a 117 year old historical home on famous Magazine Street. It has tons of character and charm.
The first group of guests I had the pleasure of hosting. I was on cloud 9 because of how amazing and loving these people that walk through the hostels doors are. Forever thankful.

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Host ref number: 725261241618