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


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    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Helping at a hostel is the perfect place for travelers! You get to help side by side with like minded people who have the same zest for life as you. Moving into a different environment can often times be scary, but the upside to helping in a hostel is everyone is in the same position. Everyone is discovering a new land, reveling in the foreign atmosphere and learning about a new culture. This will be an experience where you can learn about the hospitality industry and what it takes to start a small business. You will be learning about others traveling experiences. People are very generous with the sharing their knowledge in the hostel world and it is a great place to network and find future business connections.

    We would like to reiterate here that I do ask for a TWO MONTH MINIMUM STAY. Time and the adaptation of ourselves in periods of time is where we can see ourselves evolve best. I hope your extended stay in New Orleans will be a chapter of your life that you hold dearly to you forever.

    *️️️️️️️Please note that we offer a bed in shared accommodation (dormitory) as part of the workaway exchange. Minimum wage compensation may also be offered. Compensation and visas will be explained during the interview process.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    The main focus of this hostel is our guest. Being guest first involves being engaging and thoughtful with each individual. The hostel is a conglomerate of individuals, there for each person will have a unique experience unto themselves. It is our focus to cater to that unique experience. This includes: being present with guests, conversing with one another to build relationships and transfer ideas, planning weekly social events for the hostel (in hostel yoga, organized family dinners, arts and crafts, garden collaborations with local community gardens, music events, etc.). Being friendly and outgoing is a must! Another huge part of the being guest first is maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for each guest. This entails house upkeep. Each morning after guests check out it is our duty to clean rooms, make beds, keep up with laundry of sheets and towels, keep up with the cleanliness of all common areas and bathrooms, along with other weekly tasks like gardening. The word hostel has a negative connotation for many people, usually based on the factor of cleanliness. I want that thought to be erased from the minds of people so each person can see the beauty of the hostel experience. Keeping up with a well organized and tidy work space will show our guests that we care about their comfort. Having high standards of cleanliness will allow each guest to sit back and truly relax into the environment. Beyond guest interaction and up keep of the the home, there is minimal computer work such as, using Google Sheets at check-in and Square for payment.

    *️️️️️️️Please note that we offer a bed in shared accommodation (dormitory) as part of the workawayers exchange. Minimum wage compensation may also be offered. Compensation and visas will be explained during the interview process.

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Stay in a mixed dorm style room. It is bunk beds and a shared bath with guests staying in the dorms as well. This gives the work stay helpers a chance to get a one on one experience with guests and build a further connection. Sheets, blankets, pillows and towels are provided. You will need to bring toiletries of your own. Please also keep in mind that this is a shared space where consideration of others space and things is of the utmost importance. Minimalism goes a long way and you will learn that less is more. Keeping your things to a minimum and being organized and tidy helps to keep the flow of the space.
    As for food: We have weekly family dinners at the hostel with helpers and guests hosted by us! I also provide occasional catered meals provided by a local catering company. Meals include red beans and rice, cajun pasta, gumbo and jumbalaya. You are also welcome to enjoy breakfast every morning that is provided for the guests and helpers which is pancakes, coffee and tea. Any additional food is dependent on you.

    We do ask for at least a TWO MONTH MINIMUM stay. This will help each helpers to fully immerse themselves into their new environment. Each guest passing through is reliant on our knowledge of the city in order to navigate New Orleans with ease. We believe it is of great benefit to each helper as well if you are looking for a true cultural immersion. We find it takes one year to really understand a place, or at least the purpose of themselves in that place. This extended stay in the city will allow you to learn a new way of life as well as leaving your own stamp.

    *️️️️️️️Please note that we offer a bed in shared accommodation (dormitory) as part of the workawayers exchange. Minimum wage compensation may also be offered. Compensation and visas will be explained during the interview process.

  • 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).

    *️️️️️️️Please note that we offer a bed in shared accommodation (dormitory) as part of the workawayers exchange. Minimum wage compensation may also be offered. Compensation and visas will be explained during the interview process.

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    • 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 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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