Come join us in Dili, East Timor at our backpackers hostel in the heart of the CBD


East Timor

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    The backpackers hostel is located in the heart of the CBD and has been open for about 1.5 years and recently relocated to this great new building.

    Boasting the best value budget accommodation offering Dorms and Private rooms in Dili with our onsite cafe serving budget priced meals, tour information desk, air-conditioning, lockers, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen, tour information desk, bicycle, car and motorbike hire, tours and friendly hosts.

    Kym the Australian owner has been living in Timor Leste for 20 years, first working on aid and rehabilitation projects in logistics then getting involved in the tourism and hospitality sectors in 2004. Kym is engaged with ongoing community projects and is an avid supporter of the First Lady’s Foundation, various Orphanages, Tourism associations and International events.

    The hostel is housed in a very unique building that rose up out of the ashes after the 1999 vote for independence, when Indonesian military violence destroyed most of the country's infrastructure. Used to house staff of the UN Transitional Administration prior to the nations independence in 2002, and remnants of this era can still be seen around the hostel and neighbourhood with fortified mesh security screens and walls topped with razor wire.

    This is a great place to meet other travellers and hear about their adventures in a country where it rare to meet many other tourists.

    DCB is walking distance to the Government Palace, Beachfront, Resistance Museum, Xanana Reading Rooms, and vast selection of restaurants and cafes Stops for all of the major microlet (local bus) routes is a 100m walk away.

    The Hostel has staff on site from 7am to 9pm daily to help out where ever possible and a security guard is on site from 7pm to 7am daily, to ensure guests have 24hour access.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This position is for those who have passion, unlimited energy, a sense of humour, relaxed, positive attitude and some skills in arts, painting, teaching, community development and who want to help the local community while learning about the Timorese culture and history and at the same time have an unforgettable life changing experience, in South East Asia’s newest nation.

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience the cultural customs and ceremony’s that revolve around the remarkedly combined animistic and catholic belief systems and experience the wonderful hospitality of the Timorese people.

    We’ve got the walls, the materials and a supportive and enthusiastic community were just waiting for you!

  • Help


    Dili is a city that has risen up out of the ashes after the population’s overwhelming vote for independence in August 1999, from Indonesia’s violet and oppressive 25 year occupation.

    Militia supported by the Indonesian military destroyed 70% of the country’s infrastructure burning most of Dili, the capital to the ground. The Timorese’s have proven once again how resilient, determined and strong they are and have begun rebuilding over the past 15 years since gaining Independence in 2002.

    Our hostel is one of those building that rose up to house UN aid workers during the transitional government period prior to independence. We are located in the heart of the central business district, where small family homes and compounds are shadowed by the Importers warehouses, coffee processing factories, and church compounds, all featuring large, fortified, unattractive concrete walls.

    Starting with the external walls of our backpacker’s hostel, our mission is to change the face of our “Aldeia” (Urban Village) into “THE” street art precinct of Dili, bringing with it social, cultural and economic benefits as well as positive mental health to the residents of the area, the project is expected to take 2 years to complete and maintenance of the sites will continue indefinitely.

    We want this to be a community art project where our volunteers coordinate, mentor, integrate and support the community. We envisage the murals will be created through community engagement, in which international volunteers, citizens, entrepreneurs, schools, NGO’s and artists co-create and take co-ownership in the works, building long-lasting and reciprocal social engagement.

    We want the local community to be emotionally connected to the works long after the volunteers have gone on to continue their travels, with murals reflecting the local contexts of the people, neighbourhood, and the city’s turbulent history and contribute to sustainable use of public spaces.

    By increasing the attractiveness and liveability of our Aldeia we believe it will also have a positive influence on existing local restaurants, kiosks, and street food vendors. Economic development opportunities will also grow as more visitors will be attracted by the implementation of mural walking tours, self-guided tours, bicycle tours, photography tours and satellite events which showcase the heritage, culture and artists creating the artworks.
    This will increase the potential for much need local attractions for the local tourism industry and create business and employment opportunities for many of the unemployed youth who through the art program will be able to up skill their creative talents and practice other international languages.

    Placements are for a minimum of 14 days.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We provide a bed in our spacious 8 bed dorm with great 3rd floor views over the mountains and large balcony, we include breakfast, dinner, slow WIFI, laundry service and an awesome space to meet other like-minded travelers looking for places that are not flooded with full on party tourists looking to experience our beautiful, rugged country.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bicycles are at your disposal to use freely, you can join any of regular tours free of charge when space is available and we are very flexible with time off, if you get the opportunity to explore the districts and Islands with other travelers.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 855664887222