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Gain experience working in the hospitality industry at a renowned hostel in one of England’s most historically-rich cities! This is an excellent internship for those interested in hospitality and tourism, with the desire to explore a new city and culture from a unique perspective. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with guests from all over the world, while earning professional experience in the hospitality industry. Volunteers will gain experience in all areas of the business: reception, maintenance, housekeeping as well as food and beverage. 

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Location of the Project:  York, England
Project length:  Min 6 weeks - Max 4 months
Arrival Airport:  Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) or Manchester Airport (MAN)
Volunteer Work:  Hospitality, reception, maintenance duties, housekeeping, food services, bartending
Age:  18-36
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 2 international volunteers
Important Note:  Please ensure that you are eligible for a visa to enter the UK before registering for this project. The program cannot provide visa support; obtaining the proper visa is the sole responsibility of the volunteer. Please also note that this internship is ideal for independent volunteers.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared room in the hostel
Food:  Breakfast is provided every day
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, airport transfers, lunches, personal expenses
Distinguished by its cobblestone streets and medieval architecture, York is an English city with a fascinating history. York is a popular tourist destination with a wide array of museums and traditional pubs that display the city’s ancient Roman and Viking heritage.  

More than just being a glimpse into English history, York is also connected to modern Britain, being less than three hours away from the bustling capital city of London. The hostel is located a short, six-minute walk away from the train station and ten minutes’ walk from the tourist sights of St.Mary’s Abbey and Roman Walls.  
Volunteers will be working 4-5 days per week and have 2-3 days off, not necessarily on weekends. Volunteers will be gaining experience in the four main areas of focus in the hospitality business; reception, maintenance, housekeeping and food and beverage/ bar areas. The shifts will vary each day and be a combination of those that begin at 7:00 AM and those that end at 11:00 PM.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Bartending in the evenings 
  • Housekeeping and cleaning tasks around the hostel
  • Welcoming and assisting guests at reception 
  • Maintenance duties
  • Food service and clean-up
Please note: Activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.
Internet:  Wifi is available at the hostel
Laundry:  Laundry facilities are available at the hostel
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be staying in two-person, single gender room with private bathroom.
Food:  Breakfast is provided every day, including non-work days
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English
  • Must love to work with people
  • Eligibility to obtain a visa to enter the UK
In a city that is so filled with history, lie many places for exploration. A few of our suggested travel highlights are listed below: 

Jorvik Viking Centre
The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum that is filled with life-size mannequins that depict the life of the Vikings when they were living in York, which was called Jorvik then and was a capital city. This is a “must” for any volunteer who is interested in this period of history.

National Railway Museum
This museum has the largest collection of railway pieces in the world, over 1 million in this museum alone, which is why it attracts such a large number of tourists each year. 

York Castle
The York Castle has been standing since the 11th century and is another destination for history lovers!

York Art Gallery
For the more artistic volunteer, the York art gallery is the perfect destination. This gallery contains exhibitions including 14th century art, watercolors, ceramics and more.
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