The hostel is in the heart of the city, walking distance from the train station, the harbour, restaurants and pubs. The city is strategically located, you can easily reach 5 Terre within few minutes by train, small nice villages on the seaside and beaches in 30 min by bus; also Pisa and Genova can be visited in a one day trip ( it takes between 1/1'30 h to get there by train) and Florence is about 2,5 hours by train. Of course we'll suggest you many other places less known but that worth a visit. In your free time you can explore the surroundings, hang out with guest ( the best part of this job is you'll meet people from all over the world!)
My name is Giulia, and I am 33 italian girl from La Spezia, a town in the north west of Italy, just beside 5 Terre, between Pisa and Genova. In 2016 my brother and I opened a hostel in my hometown, since that time we're looking for some help. We're young and easygoing, both travelled and lived abroad; we used to stay in hostels while travelling and I volunteered in 3 different hostels in Spain during one year, so we know what to expect from a volunteer but also his/her needs. You'll get a bed in a mixed bed dorm and breakfast. You can use all our facilities for free (kitchen, free ingredients for cooking, laundry, wifi, computer, etc.). Italy has so many things you can discover! First of all: food :-) We'll suggest you local food you cannot miss and teach you how to cook it if you want, as well as help you with language practise if you're up to learn italian :-) And of course you'll have the chance to meet people from everywhere! All we ask in exchange is for you to help us in reception, cleaning and organizing some social events with our guests.
I loved my stay at Grand hostel Manin!
It’s such a nice place, the hostel is very clean. The location is perfect, one block from the Main Street.
Giulia the owner is really polite and helpful, she is always available for everything and willing to help you!
About the tasks, they are quite easy and dont demand much time, you can have lot of time to enjoy La Spezia and surroundings. And also Giulia is always available to help you and flexible with the schedule.
Grazie mille per tutto Giu, sono stato benissimo al tuo posto, i hope I can come back soon!!
6 months ago
I had an amazing experience as a volunteer in Grand hostel, Giulia is a super Host and the hostel is really nice place to be in La Spezia, Giulia is very helpful, she helped me to organize Italian classes and she were always so flexible about the working hours, La Spezia is quiet in the winter time but we managed to have some fun and see the culture and the ligurian life style, cinqueterre is so beautiful and so near, there is so many incredible hikings to do around, I really enjoyed the experience!
7 months ago
The place is very nice, clean, organised and in a very good location, close to everything! Giulia is such an incredible host, very flexible with thw shifts, always making sure we have enough time to explore Cinque Terre and La Spezia when the weather is good! The tasks are very simple and easy and she also helps a lot with everything we need! The other staff and volunteers were very nice and helpful and we had a great time there! I wish I could stay more because it was such an amazing opportunity!
8 months ago
My experience was amazing. The place is great, the staff is super friendly, a great environment. There's always an activity with the guests, this way everybody feels like home. I loved everybody I met there. The tasks are very easy and everybody is super helpful. I definitely recommend this experience, I really wanna come back during summer time!
over 1 year ago
The quality of the hostel is fantastic. The bathrooms are clean, the kitchen has all the cooking equipment and the atmosphere is great. I shared the room with the other two volunteers, so we had good space.
As a volunteer, I helped with very simple tasks such as: check in, check out, organization of the hostel...
During my stay, I also worked with other four other people who made all the difference in my life. Cesare and Giulia are sweet, creative and smart people. Tim and Minodora have an admirable sense of humor. Both of them have unique features that greatly facilitate team work.
over 3 years ago