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Gain experience working in the hospitality industry at a renowned hostel in Scotland's capital city! This is an excellent internship for those interested in hospitality and tourism combined with the desire to explore a new city and culture from an entirely unique perspective. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with guests from all over the world, while gaining professional experience in the hospitality industry. Volunteers will engage in in all areas of the business: reception, maintenance, housekeeping and food and beverage.

Interested in hospitality internships in the UK? Than don’t miss our York Hospitality Internship in England. For more volunteering opportunities in Europe, check our Volunteer Abroad in Europe page!
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Location of the Project:  Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Project length:  3 or 4 months
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Arrival Airport:  Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
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Volunteer Work:  Hospitality, reception, maintenance duties, housekeeping, bartending
Age:  18-50
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 2 international volunteers
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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.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared room in the hostel
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided every day
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required,) airport transfers, insurance (travel and health), lunches, personal expenses.
Also known as the Athens of the North, Edinburgh is the 15th century and capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh is the UK’s second most popular tourist destination. Edinburgh is a magnificent city - cobblestone streets, castles and centuries worth of history.  Although it's a cosmopolitan city, part of its magic flows from the lush landscape consisting of large rolling hills that overlook the ocean. 

Edinburgh blossoms with art and literature and is home to one of the biggest art festivals in the world, when the streets overflow with street performers and venues burst at the seams with arts patrons from all over the world. Its variety is one of the many things that makes this city so special, and so appealing to travelers of all kinds. 
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 be varied each day and be a mixture of those 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
Internet:  Wifi is available at the hostel.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities are available at the hostel.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be staying in shared, mixed gender rooms in the hostel with up to 11 other people. Same-gender rooms may be available upon request and subject to availability.
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided daily, as well as on non-work days.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English
  • Motivation to work with people
  • Eligibility to obtain a visa to enter the UK
Aside from the bustling pubs and restaurants in the vicinity, Edinburgh is home to several popular destinations. A few of our suggested places to explore are listed below.

Edinburgh Castle
Experience the history of Scotland at the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which also happens to be one of the UK’s most visited attractions.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Don’t miss a visit to this gallery of modern art! With new exhibitions being curated on a regular basis, this gallery is an accurate representation of what a modern art gallery should be.

Scottish Parliament
No historical tour would be complete without a visit to the Scottish Parliament. The building is open six days per week for guided tours.

Royal Botanic Garden
Pay a visit to the Royal Botanical Garden for a lovely, colorful introduction to the world of horticulture. This scientific institution is internationally renowned and there are over 70 acres of gardens on the grounds.
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