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Spain - Eco-friendly Hospitality Internship in Barcelona

Join the GoEco Internship Program in Barcelona, Spain, one of Europe's cultural capitals, to volunteer at the famous HelloBCN hostel. Develop eco-tourism initiatives and live within walking distance of many historical and cultural sites.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectBarcelona, Spain
Project LengthMin 6 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportBarcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
Volunteer WorkHosting tourists, ecological initiatives, planning social activities, kitchen and light cleaning
Age20 - 30

What's Included

AccommodationStaff dormitory at the hostel (up to 4 people per room)
FoodBreakfast daily
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Internet Access Shared computers and wireless network
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration

What's Not Included

Flights, travel health insurance, lunch and dinner, personal expenses, transportation to project


Barcelona is a modern cosmopolitan city, with an important cultural, architectural and monumental historic legacy.  It is extremely popular as a tourist destination; due largely to its fantastic climate, beaches, and after the sun goes down, the nightlife.  The project is situated just walking distance to Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous street, with easy access to many of Barcelona's most visited tourist attractions.  The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella, provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.


About the Project

The HelloBCN hostel is an independent hostel that prides itself on offering young travellers a clean, safe retreat in the centre of Barcelona: a place to relax, socialise and share experiences.  The hostel is committed to providing guests with unforgettable experiences instead of just offering a place to sleep. The hostel is also committed to the promotion of ecological travel through projects such as alternative energy, recycling and promotion of the Catalan culture. HelloBCN was one of the first hostels to install solar panels in order to take advantage of Barcelona's amazing climate in heating the water for the showers.

 Interns are needed to help the hostel work towards the achievement of these goals.  New ideas from interns on ways to acheive these goals are more than welcome.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Interns will become an important reference point for guests and therefore will play in important role in ensuring guests enjoy their stay in Barcelona and HelloBCN Hostel.

Interns will be involved in several activities such as 'chaperoning' groups of tourists on informal walks both within the city centre and to Montserrat, a very important sight in Catalan history.  Other duties of the interns will include serving breakfast and serving in the bar at night, in addition to light cleaning.  Interns will also be called upon to plan and promote social activities, and to help with the implementation of a recycling project in the hostel.

The hostel recognizes that each person who joins our team can bring valuable ideas to the successful operation of the hostel and therefore encourages the participation of volunteers through the contribution of new initiatives.  Possible projects could include, but are not limited to, other ecological tourism initiatives; website translation, social marketing initiatives, new group activities and new tours.

Rosters are prepared on a monthly basis enabling participants to plan trips on their days off. Interns are expected to work between 5 and 6 hours a day, 5 days a week during their time volunteering. Participants will generally receive two days off per week.

Some examples of volunteer tasks may include: 

  • Setting up and serving breakfast to guests
  • Escorting tourists on informal walks through Montserrat
  • Planning and/or promoting social activities
  • Sorting recycling as part of the hostel's ecological initiatives
  • Other daily tasks such as cleaning and rubbish removal

A typical day: Depends on the duties assigned. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive on a Sunday so that they have time to settle in and adjust before getting to work on Monday. In general it would involve setting up and serving breakfast between 7:30am and 10am, cleaning up after breakfast and ensuring that the recycling is separated and taken to the appropriate containers. Volunteers would then be encouraged to mix with guests and enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer.  Another volunteer would take guests on an informal tour or accompany them to Montserrat, depending on the activity planned for the day, or in the absence of an activity, would attend to light cleaning activities such as assisting in the laundry or cleaning the fridges.  At 7pm another volunteer would open the bar and later escort guests to the nightclub.

Living Arrangements

Accommodation: You will stay in the staff dormitory (maximum of 4 people), with a shared bathroom. The room has air conditioning/heating.  Bed linens and towels are provided.  They will also have access to the use of the hostel kitchen and guest computers. 

Food:Breakfast is provided daily, all other meals are the responsibility of the volunteers. There are several supermarkets located within minutes of the hostel. The very popular fresh food market, ‘La Boquería’ is only a short walk from the hostel.

Internet: The computers have free internet and WiFi is also available in certain areas of the hostel.

Laundry: There are laundry facilities available at a discounted price of 1,80 EUR per token for wash and dry. The machines are conveniently located on the same floor as the volunteers room. There is also a small terrace where you can hang clothes out to air dry.


Travel Highlights

Barcelona has many national and local festivals during which the city organises concerts and celebrations in the streets and plazas free for all to enjoy!  Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in certain activities/trips organized by third parties at a reduced rate.


Minimum Requirements

  • Age 20 - 30 years
  • A minimum 6 week commitment
  • Good level of English (Phone interview following reservation)
  • Spanish and other languages a plus
  • High level of independence, responsibility and flexibility
  • Motivation to work



GoEco volunteer Jasmine's experience:

  "Day trips outside of the city were also a fantastic opportunity to experience more Spanish culture and see what else Spain has to offer. Girona with the beautifully colourful houses and Roman ruins; Figueres with the overwhelming Dali Museum (and crypt of the man himself); Sitges with its beautiful beaches and Montserrat with its hiking trails and Monastery. These were incredible days and ones that I wouldn’t have had without my time volunteering."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog

GoEco volunteer Sara's experience:

  "The tasks I had to perform were various and enriching. (Bar, breakfast, touristic visits…) They were in direct contact with the clients but also with the proper functioning of the hostel. The atmosphere was always friendly and pleasant. The integration in the hostel and in the city was fast, it’s very easy to get used to the Spanish atmosphere and customs : hours of lunch, beach very near, night life … I ‘ve never get bored! I had the time to work but also free time to discover the city and go out with clients."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog

GoEco volunteer Clare's experience:

  "The days at the Eco-Friendly Hospitality Internship consisted of either serving breakfast, bartending, or “activities” days (going anywhere around Barcelona with guests). Working breakfast meant early mornings, but waking up early was the only part of the internship’s duties that felt like work. Working the bar was great for getting to know the guests, and activities days were always easily accomplished as I was constantly hanging out with guests regardless of being scheduled for activities or not."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

GoEco volunteer Sophia's experience:

  "I liked when I was able to make a difference in a day of a traveler who visited Barcelona just for a short time. The best reward was the grateful smiles from the people I could entertain with my personal stories and jokes. In addition, I loved to share and exchange opinions and ideas with them."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

GoEco volunteer Anne's experience:

  "The other task was acting as a cultural guide… this was definitely the best of the three jobs! Every day I got to organize a different cultural activity around the city and all over Catalonia! This meant that I led a group of guests around showing them the sights while I, myself, got subsidized admission to all the fantastic places! Better yet, because I worked at the hostel, I got discounted tour trips all around Spain! 

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

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