Eco-Hostel Looming

Looming Hostel is a hostel focused on green living and re/upcycling but also creativity - we are always a work in progress. Our ideal aim is to host people who love travelling and like socialising but want to keep their ecological footprint small. We constantly have some sort of environmental experiments going on. For example, at the moment we are trying out a system called aquaponic, as well as compost worms. We are a small, but lovely place and summers and winters are especially nice around here. You are very welcome to come and check us out!

If you have never worked in the hostel business before, this could be your chance to try it. If you already have that experience then you know how pleasant and fun it can be.
We do need help with cleaning and making the rooms but it is as important as chatting with the guests and making them feel welcomed here. Everything here is in constant change, we are rebuilding and rearranging things all the time, so sometimes we need help with building things, painting, gardening, redesigning, sewing and all great and crazy ideas how to improve the hostel are always welcome.
But if you want to join us then you also have to take into account that everyday tasks can be repetitive.

We also need help with our website or if you have creative ideas and like to write things, you could help us out in making posts to social media and organizing events - we have had concerts on the rooftop, movie nights with the staff and different workshops once in a while.

If you consider applying to come and join our team please answer some questions for us: (and if you are suprised by some of them, then those are just for spam check, because we get a lot of spam request but we prefere volunteers who really like to some to join us not just any palce ):
What colour are your eyes? :D What to you think how one day in the hostel as a volunteer looks like? What are your best skills? What is that one thing you absolutely don't like to do? When would you like to join us and for how long would you like to stay with us? Where are you travelling now and where are you planning to go next?

Looming Hostel has been in Tartu for 10 years and is operated by an NGO. All earnings would go back to the hostel for improvments. Our main goal is to inspire people to act more environmentally conscious. And we are trying to experiment with differnet 0-waste ideas. Our hostel family currently has 3 members (paid stuff) and 2 founders. We divide all chores between us, so nothing gets too montonous. Everything that needs to be done gets done in a team. In addition, every member has some extra tasks to tackle that correspond best to their specific skills. Our environment is very friendly and warm, volunteers would be treated here as family members.


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Want to save the earth in a small way? Fancy working, chilling and mixing with hostel guests in whatever balance you like? Unsure what Estonia has to offer apart from choir practice? Looming will satisfy you. I spent two months in the most low-key, cosy company, exploring Tartu and a simpler way to live. Helle and the receptionists are awesome - funny, smart and keen for a hike if you make their beds well. Workers have a morning schedule when they wake up, so you're never in the dark about what to do or how to do it. And it's pretty easy. So, come for the bohemia, stay for the people.

2 months ago



I had a wonderful time at Looming Hostel! The work and hours were just as listed here. The expectations for the volunteers were clearly communicated and there was always someone I could ask if I had any questions. The staff and fellow volunteers were great, and I really enjoyed working and hanging out with them. The hostel is really cozy: it’s full of plants, has a lovely terrace, and an overall great atmosphere. Its a great place if you want to meet cool people from all over the world, get to know Estonia and Tartu, and do it all while promoting sustainability and an eco-friendly lifestyle.

5 months ago



This has been my first experience as a volunteer with worldpackers and it was amazing,the staff was great and the place was wonderful.I would recommend this experience to other volunteers for sure!

7 months ago



I really enjoyed staying in Looming Hostel, it was a great experience. I met so many amazing people all over the word. The task was pretty basic, keeping the place clean and bedding. Helle and the others were super nice and friendly, I felt like I'm home. I highly recommend it!

about 1 year ago



My experience with the Looming Hostel was amazing. I thank everyone who worked there with me, teaching me about cleaning, about environment and local culture. I was very happy in the entire month, very excited to come to Tartu again! Thank you very much for the opportunity :)

about 1 year ago

Looming replied

Nicolle was very polite and maybe a little quiet at first. But when we got to know her a bit more she turned out to be very interesting and fun to talk to. She picked up work tasks quickly and always gave 100%. When something was confusing, she was not afraid to ask right away, that made everything easier for us. She got along with other guests and the staff very well and was a great company on our nightly outings :). She can also cook delicious food while watching her favourite anime. Thank You for staying with us, hope you had fun!

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