This is a hostel with 8 rooms (5 privates & 3 dorms) in the heart of the historic district of Quetzaltenango. We are owner-operated by a gringo (Tom) and a Quetzalteca (Mary). We currently have 3 or 4 full time local team member not counting the owners. The owners have lived and worked in Quetzaltenango for the past 20 years and have a vast amount of knowledge to share about Guatemalan, it's culture, traditions and beauty. We are looking for 1 to 4 volunteers each month who will help around the hostel. The hostel is a fun work environment, were you will meet many local Guatemalans as well as many international tourists.
Help around the house
Quetzaltenango "Xela" is well-known for it's plethora of Spanish language schools, university students and a rich history. Surrounded by mountains and the active Santa Maria volcano, Xela is a perfect base to visit nearby Mayan villages, natural hot springs as well as hike some spectacular volcanoes. Volunteers will have plenty of interaction with local Guatemalans, including the owners and staff who will share an inside look at Guatemalan culture and traditions. Our staff is made of or 3 or 4 local Guatemalans all of whom enjoy meeting new people and sharing their knowledge about Guatemalan culture and especially Quetzaltenango. Some volunteers like to study Spanish, we can help you get set up at one of the local Spanish school or help you find a private instructor to come to the hostel for lessons. Volunteers will have the opportunity to practice newly learned Spanish language skills with the owners, staff and hostel guests.
Standard responsibilities are guest-orientated such as checking guests in-and-out; providing information; answering the phone and front door; solving problems; help keep the hostel friendly and inviting to arriving guest. Volunteers will have 2 days a week to explore Xela, hike volcanoes, visit nearby Mayan villages, take Spanish lessons...etc.
We provide a very comfortable single bed in a 4 bed volunteer dorm room with shared bath. The volunteer dorm is on the 2nd floor with the shared bathrooms on the first floor. Volunteers have full use of our common hostal kitchen.
Learn Spanish at one of the many Spanish Language schools.
Hike/climb one of the surrounding mountains/volcanoes.
Visit El Calvario, the elaborate cemetary.
Hang out and people watch at the beautiful Parque Central.
Take a long walk up Baul to see the amazing view of the city.
Indulge in the many delicacies such as garnachas, tostadas, Salvadorean pupusas, Taiwanese empanadas, enchiladas, shecas, atol de lote, arroz con leche
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
we offer two 15mb internet connection with wifi.
More than two
15 hours/5 days per volunteer