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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
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 3 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Please ensure that you are eligible for a visa to enter Europe before registering for this project. The program cannot provide visa support; obtaining the proper visa is the sole responsibility of the volunteer.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Staff dormitory at the hostel (up to 4 people per room)
Food:  Breakfast is included daily
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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, lunch and dinner, personal expenses, transportation to project
Barcelona is a modern cosmopolitan city, with an important cultural, architectural and monumental historic legacy.  It also offers fantastic climate, beaches, and after the sun goes down, great restaurants and nightlife. It is this amazing mix that makes Barcelona an extremely popular tourist destination.

The project is situated in the area of Poblesec at the base of Montjuic, the site of the 1992 Olympic Games and just walking distance from Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous street.  It also boasts easy access to many of Barcelona's most visited tourist attractions.  The core centre 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 and this hostel.

Interns will be called on to perform several functions such as breakfast (preparation, control and clean up), the bar at night (preparation, serving and clean up) and other general cleaning duties. Interns will also be called upon to plan, promote and run social activities such as beach days, beach volleyball, group dinners, nights out or accompanying groups to places of interest, such as the magic fountain and the bunkers.

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 sustainable 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 assist 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 how volunteer may collaborate with the hostel include: 
•    Breakfast: setting up, serving and cleaning up
•    Bar: serving in the very informal hostel bar
•    Dinners: coordinating and preparing group dinners
•    Cleaning duties
•    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, a typical day may 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. The breakfast shift ends at 12:30. Volunteers are then encouraged to mix with guests and enjoy all that Barcelona.  

Another volunteer may accompany guests for 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 bar shift, starting at 6:45pm, may see another volunteer preparing and opening the bar and, on occasions, another volunteer may prepare 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 the nightclub.
 
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 this 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!
A phone interview will be conducted following reservation.

This is a highly social internship.  We see it as a very important way of encouraging education and peace: via an interchange of cultures through guest to guest, and guest to volunteer interaction.  People looking simply for a place to stay in Barcelona, whilst being constantly connected to home/friends/family via computers or phones should not apply.  Use of such devices during shifts is not permitted.
 
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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