I have visited Prague for a couple of days back in 2016 and, since that moment, I consider the Czech capital one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
I’ve stayed in SafeStay Hostel, located only 10 min walking from the main square, for 2 weeks.
My day to day in Prague
The arrival day was only to get some rest, which was really appreciated after a long bus ride.
I got to know the Hostel. We signed a short volunteer agreement. I had time to go to the supermarket, exchange some money, and rest.
Volunteers help with:
- Breakfast: mostly refilling the food and replacing dishes from 8 - 10 am;
- Housekeeping: doing beds from 10 am - 2 pm;
- Bartender from 18h-00h;
- Eventually staying in the reception from 2 pm - 8 pm, but that will depend if they don’t need you in other tasks.
My shifts there were the following:
- 1º day: 9 am - 2 pm
- 2º day: 8 am -1h30 pm
- 3º day: 10 am - 2 pm
- 4º day: 10 am - 11h30 am
- 5º day: 6 pm - 10 pm
- 6º day: Day Off
- 7º day: 10 am - 2h30 pm
- 8º day: 6 pm - 10 pm
- 9º day: 10 am - 2h30 pm
- 10º day: Day Off
- 11º day: 10 am - 11h30 am
- 12º day: 6 pm - 11 pm
- 13º day: 10 am - 2 pm
Departure day: it’s free time to prepare my backpack and take some rest before the next adventure! I’m heading to Zagreb for a different volunteer with Worldpackers.
Considering that 2 weeks, I can estimate I’ve volunteer around 22h/per week.
How much did I spend
One of the advantages of volunteering at a Hostel is obviously to stay for free. Besides that, the breakfast was included.
There is a kitchen where guests can cook or store items in the fridge – that’s a good way to save money.
- Supermarket/stores: food items (vegan) and a couple of other items (like new earplugs) - around 570 CZK (22 euros)
- Restaurant: Only 1 time (called Burrito Loco) - 135 CZK (5,23 euros)
What have I learned
I surely got a general idea of how this hostel in specific works, how everything moves around, how things are organized, which is interesting for me and can be applied in future projects.
Housekeeping is not much of learning but it’s a good workout, so I can consider this as a free Gym : )
“Breakfast time” that was the main opportunity to interact with locals and learn a few words of the Czech language!
Is this host for you?
I would recommend this host to any person interested in visiting Prague, staying in a touristic but not so big city. Prague is interesting, easy to walk around, and has a good connection with many other cities.
Travelers in general
I think it’s difficult not to like this city, you can go for the historic part, monuments, museums, architecture, nature, gardens, birdwatching (and see other animals), hiking, bars and parties, markets, meeting other travellers, etc
Vegans and vegetarians
This city is very vegan-friendly, around 220 places including vegan options! Over 50 fully vegan restaurants, over 50 vegetarian restaurants… at least 1 fully vegan supermarket (Vegan World), etc. (Happy Cow data). Besides that, of course, in supermarkets and farmer markets it’s to find all good fruits, veggies, and other items.
Breakfast in the hostel is not great, but it’s something. You can have coffee, tea, juice, apple/orange (most of the days), fruit-jams, and brea
Digital nomads or freelancers
If you stay here, you’ll surely have some free time to work in your personal projects, besides when you’re doing bartender you can also have your laptop (and you can catch up some projects while there’s nobody there). Some days you will have much more time than others, depending on the check in and check outs number.
Besides all that, you will see new people every day who you can meet and exchange experiences, contacts, share you’re working (if you’re a freelancer) etc.
This was my experience worldpacking in Prague. Any questions, just leave me a comment below : )