Volunteering in the Quito hostel

For many years we have been one of Ecuador’s most fun, friendly backpacker hostels. We have spectacular views from our rooftop terrace/restaurant/bar, making it a great place to volunteer, improve your Spanish, get to know the locals, meet loads of other fun travellers or just chill-out watching the sunset over the historic Old Town.

Volunteers at our hostel have plenty of opportunity to get to know, and hang out with, our local staff. Our staff also love this interaction, and they are often inviting volunteers to their homes, to visit their families, head off to a football game, or their favourite salsa club, etc, etc… the list goes on. Learning Spanish from the locals, and getting to know local Ecuadorians and their culture are perhaps the most common reasons for volunteering with us.

Our volunteer program requires min 1 month commitment. The work mainly involves assisting our Ecuadorian receptionists, serving meals and drinks and generally making sure guests are looked after and enjoying themselves. A big part of this is socialising, chatting to guests to make them feel welcome. Volunteers must enjoy and be confident meeting new people. Shy/quiet/reserved people will not enjoy volunteering with us.

No cooking, cleaning, changing sheets or washing the pots and pans! We are not looking for volunteers to replace our paid Ecuadorian staff, but rather to complement them. Our volunteers work together with our local staff to help out at reception, greeting guests and welcoming them to Quito, showing guests around the hostel and generally making sure that our guests are having a great time. We also welcome help with our extensive art/painting/murals, our plants/gardens and even helping our builder with maintenance and improvement projects.
Volunteers spend a lot of time working with local staff and therefore have a great opportunity to improve their Spanish.

Volunteers work 6 shifts per week, either 7:15am to about midday, or 5:30 til about 11:15pm. This equates to about 30 hours per week. You will have plenty of time off to do things in and around Quito, and it is easy enough to structure rosters if you wish to go away for a bit. We can talk more about it when you get here.

In a shared room with 4 or 5 fellow volunteers. Full cooked breakfast and quality 2 course dinner at night, free tea, milk and discounted Spanish classes, certain discounted tours with the travel agency plus a free all-inclusive night at our adventure lodge in the mountains overlooking Cotopaxi National Park.
Minimum one month commitment.

In return we offer accommodation (generally in In a shared room with 4 or 5 fellow volunteers ), free meals ( Full cooked breakfast and quality 2 course dinner at night, free tea, milk – we do good food) and half price drinks that you have to pay every week. You are welcome to enjoy as many drinks as you like – we all like to have a bit of fun – but if this was your sole reason for volunteering then you would probably not really enjoy the experience.

You will have plenty of opportunity to improve your Spanish, and have the option of taking cost-price Spanish classes with our teacher ($5 per hour). Learning Spanish is probably the number one reason that people choose to volunteer with us.

You will also get certain discounted tours with the travel agency plus send you out to Secret Garden Cotopaxi for a night near the start of your term to get to know the place (this is just for volunteers who will stay one month)
If this is of interest to you then please get back to us with dates so we can look at slotting you in. Any further questions just ask.