The Lazy Hostel
Come work and stay at our oceanfront Caribbean hostel/restaurant! We're located on the island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico, and right on Esperanza's main boardwalk minutes from island activities, beaches, and dancing. Help make our guests experience amazing and live in a place where everyone comes to play!
With four 8 bed dormitories, and fourteen private rooms, we can accommodate up to 72 guests from all over the world. We want their stay here to be a one of a kind amazing experience and work stay volunteers make that happen! We do it all including taking reservations, painting, checking in guests and cleaning the hostel. While the work is rarely physically difficult it IS real work, so we're looking for people who are self-motivated, friendly, have an eye for detail, can work in a team and take pride in a job well done.
In exchange for 25 hours per week you will get a bed in our volunteer housing, free laundry, discounted or free tours/rentals, Friday night cocktail/mocktail parties, and all meals. We also have a hostel trade agreement on the mainland so you can explore San Juan on your days off and stay for free (subject to availability). AND, a BioBay tour company we partner with provides a free clear-bottomed kayak trip to each Worktrader! We can work with you to schedule around adventures, or, you can switch shifts with other volunteers to make the most of your time in the islands. Best of all, you get to work in paradise, and spend your time off on some of the best beaches in the world!
We have a competitive program hosting up to twelve volunteers at a time and we typically fill up three months in advance, so please check our calendar for availability. Applicants range from seasoned travelers to recent high school graduates and they’re into everything from cliff jumping and kayaking to relaxing in a hammock with a beer. Come join the crew!
-Our Worktrader Director will be available to you via Facebook Messenger from the moment we connect. We ask that you ask any and all questions, and address any concerns you have, before you come. Once you accept the position, you will also have access to a Facebook group so that you can talk to volunteers (past, present, and future) about their experiences! The last thing we want is for Worktraders to spend money, commit to the program, arrive on the island, then decide it isn't right for them. We are looking for mature, responsible, flexible, and adventurous Worktraders who can put in a full 8-hour shift cleaning and maintaining our hostel. Customer service is our top priority!
- We ask for a one month minimum and three month maximum commitment.
- This position is for the hostel. Opportunities for bar tending, waitressing, or cooking at our attached restaurant are not available through the Worktrade program.
- This is a RURAL Caribbean island. While all of our sleeping spaces are enclosed (and have around-the-clock air conditioning), our community spaces are indoor/outdoor. If you have issues with working in humidity, heat exhaustion/sun exposure, or a severe aversion to tropical insects, this may not be an ideal Worktrade for you. We also have a large mango tree which expands much of our property. If you are allergic, you will most likely be unable to complete the daily hostel tasks required.
- We cannot accommodate children under age 18 or pets in our Worktrader dormitories.