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This 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 sustainable travel through projects such as alternative energy, recycling and promotion of sustainable travel and the Catalan culture. 

We invite interns to help the hostel work towards the achievement of these goals, and encourage the participation of interns in the development of new ideas to this end.

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Location of the Project:  Barcelona, Spain
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Project length:  Min 6 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
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Volunteer Work:  Hosting tourists, ecological initiatives, planning social activities, kitchen and light cleaning
Age:  20-30

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Staff dormitory at the hostel (up to 4 people per room)
Food:  Breakfast daily
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

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.

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 called on to perform several functions such as serving breakfast, serving in the bar at night and general cleaning duties.  Interns will also be called upon to plan and promote social activities such as:  beach days, beach volleyball, group dinners, nights out or accompanying groups to the Magic Fountain and to the bunkers.

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
  • Serving in the very informal hostel bar
  • Preparing group dinners
  • Cleaning 
  • 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. 

The evening bar shift, could include opening the bar or preparing a group dinner. During the bar shift, the volunteers organise a ‘Meet and Greet’ to encourage interaction amongst the guests and gives the volunteers a great chance to meet guests from all cultures!

Later the volunteers escort guests to local nightclubs.

This is a highly social opportunity, and volunteers are encouraged and expected to interact with guests throughout the day.
 

Internet
Internet:  The hostel has several computers with internet access, and also provides free Wifi.
Laundry
Laundry:  There are laundry facilities available for a small fee. There is also a small terrace where you can hang clothes out to air dry.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in the staff dormitory. The room has air conditioning/heating. Bed linens and towels are provided. They will also have access to the use of the hostel kitchen (when open) and guest computers. Cleaning: The interns are responsible for maintaining their living areas clean. A roster system will be used to ensure all volunteers share these tasks equally.
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.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Age 20 - 30 years
  • Highly social
  • A minimum 6-week commitment
  • High level of English 
  • Spanish highly valued
  • Other languages a plus
  • High level of independence, responsibility and flexibility
  • Motivation to work and interact with guests a must!

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.

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