A&O hostel and hotel Edinburgh

Travellers should choose to volunteer at a&o Edinburgh City in the heart of Edinburgh for a variety of compelling reasons. Firstly, by volunteering at our hostel, travellers can immerse themselves in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the city. Located in the city centre, they will be surrounded by iconic landmarks and a bustling atmosphere, providing an authentic and immersive experience.

Volunteering with us also allows travellers to build meaningful connections with fellow guests and staff members from diverse backgrounds. This fosters a sense of camaraderie, cultural exchange, and the opportunity to create lifelong friendships.

Furthermore, volunteers have the chance to develop valuable skills and gain professional experience. The dynamic and fast-paced environment of our hostel helps enhance interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving abilities.

Volunteering at our hostel provides an insider's perspective on the local scene. Volunteers can explore hidden gems, receive recommendations on the best attractions, and gain insights into the city's history and traditions from knowledgeable staff members. This allows them to truly experience Edinburgh beyond the typical tourist hotspots.

Additionally, our volunteers also have access to recreational facilities such as a bar, common areas, and social spaces, enhancing their overall experience and providing opportunities for relaxation and socialising.

At a&o Edinburgh City, our staff members are known for their warm and welcoming demeanour, creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests. As a volunteer, you can expect to be treated as a valued team member. Our staff appreciates the contributions of volunteers and provides guidance and support throughout your time with us. Our team fosters a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, where open communication is encouraged. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff members in various departments, gaining hands-on experience and learning from their expertise. Your ideas and suggestions will be welcomed, and you will be given opportunities for personal and professional growth. We believe in treating all team members, including volunteers, with respect and fairness. You will have access to the same facilities and amenities as our staff members, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Joining our hostel staff as a volunteer allows you to interact with guests from different cultures, forge meaningful connections, and create lasting memories. You will be welcomed as part of our hostel family, where your contributions are valued and recognised. Our goal is to provide you with an enriching experience that fosters personal and professional growth while contributing to the memorable experiences of our guests.


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My stay in the A&O Hostel was amazing! I really enjoyed this volunteering because I could feel that I was a volunteer and not a worker. We help the staff and the hours are very fair and they are flexible and we need to change anything. I spent most of my time exploring Edinburgh and Scotland and it was awesome!!! Love it and recommend for sure

11 days ago



Es mi primera experiencia haciendo un voluntariado, y no ha podido ser mejor lugar para ello, Lily es encantadora, los trabajadores y los demás voluntarios hacen que siempre haya buen ambiente, el bar tiene eventos todos los días y el desayuno es magnífico. Se trabaja 3-4 días a la semana por lo que hay mucho tiempo libre, lo único pesado pueden ser algunas tareas de housekeeping. Recomiendo mucho esta experiencia!!

20 days ago



Usualmente trabaje 4 días y se descanse 3 lo cual es bueno ya que puedes conocer la ciudad.
Lily y Robbie fueron siempre muy amables.
La habitación estaba MUY sucia cuando llegue
No puede usar la lavandería las primeras semanas ya que no funcionaba y no nos daban las monedas para usarlas, al hablar con el encargado lo solucionaron.
En housekeeping las tareas son pesadas usualmente somos apoyo de los empleado sin embargo en muchas ocasiones tuve la impresión de trabajar más que ellos, los cuales en ningún momento te piden las cosas “por favor”o te dicen un “gracias”
Desayuno muy bien

25 days ago

United States


The people were amazing! They are really willing to work with your schedule which i appreciate working remotely and being in school. The housekeeping work can be quite taxing on the body, but if anything begins to be too much I suggest talking with management. Overall, great people, place, and the breakfast is a super plus ✅✅

about 1 month ago



This was my first Worldpackers experience and I could not have asked for a better place! The staff and other volunteers were so lovely and welcoming. The nightly events at the bar were a great way to get to know people and spend time with the other volunteers. The working hours were very flexible, with several days off, allowing you to explore Edi. A great experience overall :)

about 1 month ago

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