Since I have always been interested in activities that offer opportunities for helping and meeting new people, I recently volunteered at the Eco-Friendly Hospitality Internship in Barcelona. Actually, the purpose of this activity was twofold, both to use my time for discovering new cultures and ideas(due to the many multicultural people who stayed in the hostel), and to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Barcelona. Both purposes were successfully fulfilled.
I really enjoyed my time there. 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. I will not forget the activities we did together, such as bicycling along the barceloneta, walks among the streets, taking photos of the special architecture buildings, admiring the unique view of Barcelona up from the montjuic mountain or going daily excursions outside of Barcelona. Even though these were common things, that time passed “magically”. It was really cool!
Also, I assisted in preparing the breakfast buffet with some nice variety where the guests could enjoy a great start to their day. I also worked at the bar where the people wanted to relax having a beer or sangria after a busy day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Barcelona is a city which combines a lot of things: high mountains and endless beaches, cosmopolitan life or more local things to do like visiting small bars or big clubs. It’s a modern city with an old architectural style. The Spanish food is amazing, as well. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to try it all.
Last but not least, I would say that all of the employees in the hostel were also a real support for me as we developed a very friendly relationship that allowed me to share the everyday happenings of my life with these people. Volunteering in the tourism field was even more exciting than I imagined because it gave me first-hand experience in the hostel business.