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.
What's not Included
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.
Interns will become an important reference point for guests and therefore will play in important role in ensuring guests enjoy their stay in Barcelona.
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
Please take note of the project's 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
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.