We are a small B&B and Padi dive Center located in San Andres Island, Colombia. We cater mostly for couples and dive/water sports enthusiast. We offer a very laid back environment for people to chill out, we are definitely not a party place, but are not opposed to the occasional party.
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
In case we take you, you are expected to socialize with guest and offer general help to help them plan their activities also if something is out of place or dirty we expect you to clean/fix it even if you are not on duty.
We value self initiative and we expect you to love the hostel the same way we do.
We are currently looking for the laid back, easy going yet responsible volunteer(s) to help with general maintenance tasks an cleaning,office work,helping with tourist/divers. If you have a dive certification is a +, If you have an special skill set make sure you write it on your profile.
Volunteering activities would include, but not limited to things like helping with dive/snorkeling activities, cleaning , painting, fixing, walking/cleaning after/bathing the dogs, getting drunk with guests.
You must speak A little bit of Spanish. you must be willing to interact with the public in English or your own language. No shy people. no lazy people. we need proactive/positive people who are extroverts and have high energy. We love logical people and problem solvers.
If you are obsessed with staring at your smartphone, please don't apply, we find this behavior it extremely offensive while on your shift or while hanging out with our guests.
Keep in mind that this would be an unpaid volunteering position as it is illegal even for Colombian to work in the islands unless they are legally entitled to do so, however free room, some uncooked food, the occasional beer and full access to the hostel will be provided. Big plus if you are a diver, skateboarder, surfer or kitesurfer.
Shared or private, depending on availability. Might have to switch you around a few times.
San Andres is one of the most expensive places to fly within Colombia, make sure you can afford it before you even contact us, we've had several people back out on us after extensive emails and Skype interviews due to high flight prices. although we understand money constrains are a legitimate reason not to come, We also value our time, so please make sure you check flight prices and that they are in your price range before contacting us.
so here's what most people who contact us always ask us.
HOW CAN I GET TO SAN ANDRES?
Your options to come to San Andres are:
-Viva Colombia (Low cost airlines. Point to point layover from Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Cartagena)
-COPA (direct flight from Panama, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Bogota and Cali)
-Avianca (4 direct flights from Bogota)
-LAN (direct flight from Bogota, Cali and Medellin)
DO I NEED A RETURN TICKET?
You do, but there's a loophole that we tell only to the volunteers we take.
HOW MUCH IS A TICKET TO SAN ANDRES, MORE OR LESS?
HOW'S THE WEATHER IN X OR Y MONTH?
Really? if you can't look this things up don't even bother contacting us, we won't get along.
HOW LONG CAN WE STAY IN SAN ANDRES?
Legally up to 4 months per solar year, however in Colombia foreigners can only stay 3 months before having to do a visa run unless you go to immigration and get an extension which cost $80.000.
CAN I DO LAUNDRY AT THE HOTEL
yes,but be aware that living in an island, water is always a problem, we try to minimize its use as much as possible.
HOW LONG CAN WE STAY VOLUNTEERING AT YOUR PLACE?
If we like your work you can stay with us for as long as legally possible, but for starters we will only commit for 2 weeks max.
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER MORE THAN 2 WEEKS WITH YOU.
We only commit on a one to one basis after your 2 weeks are done, we reserve the right to cut your volunteering time short if we don't like your work.
DO YOU OFFER MEALS FOR VOLUNTEERS?
We offer a daily basic breakfas and lunch.
I'M A KITESURF/SURF/YOGA/SCUBA INSTRUCTOR, CAN I TEACH AT YOUR HOTEL?
If you are willing to do this for very cheap or for free for hotel´s guest, we can talk. If you want to make money out of our business then we are not interested.
HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO VOLUNTEER?
We are a small hotel and don't have a set amount of hours per day. All depends on how busy we are. Being a small hotel we are always on shift, let me make this clear.
WHAT TYPE OF SKILLS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We want a little bit of everything, since we are a small hotel we have no use for people with one limited skill, we look for people who are flexible and know a little bit of everything and are willing to learn.
Saying that, we look for people able to do from administrative tasks to construction! that includes getting hammered with guest, , painting, cleaning among other many things. You have to earn our trust and prove yourself if you want the keys of the place.
WILL I HAVE TO DO CLEANING?
HOW'S THE INTERNET IN SAN ANDRES?
Very slow, but stable.
HOW'S THE WEATHER IN SAN ANDRES?
Hot, 30+ degrees Celsius .
IS THERE AN AGE MINIMUM OR LIMIT?
So far we have only had bad experiences with young fresh out of college kids so for the time being we have decided not to take people under 24, unless they have good Workaway feedback. As for age limit we don't care as long as you understand what a hotel is and are not creepy.
I'M ALMOST 24, WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME A CHANCE?
Age is a number, we can only judge you by the quality of your profile and your previous work experience and we do so on a one on one basis.
MY PROFILE DOESN'T HAVE MUCH INFO, BUT I SENT YOU AN EMAIL EXPLAINING HOW AWESOME I AM, WHY DON'T YOU ANSWER?
We love customized emails, but we also take a close look at your profile, We even stalk you on Facebook and Linkedin if we can find you. As a personal recommendation I advice you to put as much information as you possibly can in your profile, this help hosts make a informed decision if we want to keep further communication or if we ignore you.
CAN I HAVE INTIMATE INTERCOURSE WITH GUEST?
Yes and no. As long as sexy times are done outside the hotel we are cool with it. Sexy times with guest inside the hotel can lead to legal troubles and will result in termination of your volunteering work.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO ANSWER?
We receive a unhealthy amounts of emails, so it takes us about a week to get to the workaway ones, we however do not guarantee a reply.
HOW MANY VOLUNTEERS CAN YOU TAKE?
We prefer to have only one volunteer at the time, we rarely take 2 volunteers at a time, we are not crazy about couples, but not completely against.
WHY ARE YOU NOT CRAZY ABOUT COUPLES?
We are a business that makes money out of selling beds, having 2 volunteers decreases our profit, furthermore traveling couples understandably want to do stuff together and we want them to work on different opposite shifts and that generally doesn't sit well.
DO I GET A PRIVATE ROOM?
Yes, you do.
WHAT'S THE COST OF LIVING IN SAN ANDRES?
-Diving cost $160.000 COP for a double dive.
-Open Water certification $800.000 to $850.000 COP
-A cheap meal out $9.500 COP
-Fancy restaurant meal $40.000 COP
-Average price of dorm rooms $35.000, privates $100.000+
-A can of Coca Cola $2.500 COP
-A beer at a club $10.000, in a bar $5.000, on the store $2.000 COP.
-Taxi 8.000, bus 1.800 and mototaxi $2.000
-Kitesurf lesson $180.000/hour
-Bike rental $25.000/day
-Scooter or golf cart rental on low season $70.000 in high season $150.000+.
I READ YOUR PROFILE ON WORKAWAY, BUT I CONTACTED YOU DIRECTLY, WHY DON'T YOU ANSWER?
Don't be a cheap smart ass, Workaway provides a service and as every service there are cost associated with it. We ignore all volunteer request emails sent directly to us either through our website, Facebook or email address.
I FOUND YOUR PHONE IN YOUR WEBSITE AND DECIDED TO CALL/WHATSAPP YOU, WHY WERE YOU SO RUDE?
We only take volunteers from Workaway, we find it extremely insulting and annoying when people call us in order to circumvent the Workaway system and will answer accordingly.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week