Hostel Roots

Tilburg is a very diverse, but small city. There are a lot of international students here and there is always something fun to do. We'll make sure you will feel at home - at home in Tilburg and at home in the hostel.

We are the first and only hostel in Tilburg and you can be part of this life changing experience.

You will learn all the ins- & outs of running a hostel: front- & back-office, marketing, bar, kitchen, housekeeping and much more. We host people from all over the world and although we are Dutch, the main language spoken in the hostel is English. So if you are looking to improve your English and work within an energetic, fun and genuine team which feels more like a family, then this is the best place to be! :)

We (Koen, 39 years & Marion 37 years) are a couple for over 10 years, we have 2 kids. We are from Tilburg, but we have also lived in Rotterdam, Amsterdam & The Hague. In 2016 we moved back to our roots, Tilburg to follow our dream; opening the first hostel in the city. We work in the hostel along side a small team which also includes 6 work&stayers who live in the hostel. With the work&stayers we have a small dutch team working in the reception. We all speak English with each other :) We want our hostel to feel like home and want our guests to soak up in the "world" of Tilburg. The hotspots and typical highlights from Tilburg are shown in the rooms and the building itself.

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This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.


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United Kingdom


This was my first volunteer experience and I couldn’t recommend it enough!!! The whole team is so welcoming and kind and it really feels like a family. The work is easy to get your head around and everyone was always willing to help and answer any questions I had. The schedule is also really well organised so you always know when your shifts are and what you are doing. I loved Roots so much and miss it already 🩷

4 days ago



What should I say, my experience at Roots was beyond incredible. I didn't meet a single staff member that wasn't absolutely lovely, caring and kind. Even though I was "just" a volunteer, I always felt very appreciated and my ideas fully respected by Koen, Marion, Julia and the rest of the amazing front office team. The atmosphere within the volunteers and staff members is unbelievably supportive and loving, like in a little family. I never felt lonely once! I would 100% recommend it, especially for those seeking actual deep relationships whilst being abroad. All the love for Roots <3

9 days ago

United States


I had a great experience with all the other volunteers, and loved our daily dinners together! We also had lunch together everyday, which was nice.

The communication and organization with the management team could've been better.

The work isn't difficult, but they expect you to work a lot during the week, so it's longer hours than many other volunteer jobs. Keep in mind that the hours are quite set, so if you have other responsibilities or jobs, it can be difficult to balance at times. We were able to find a compromise so that I could still work my remote job, which I am thankful for.

30 days ago

Hostel replied

Hi Kaitlyn,
Thanks for your review! ;)

I do however think it's good to clarify for everyone that the hours are as described as in the Worldpackers, and I also explain them again during a videocall. That's why it also came as quite a surprise to hear last minute that you weren't able to work 2 out of the 3 shifts that we described! Luckily we could find a agreement that worked for both of us! Besides that, after being with us for two weeks, you texted me saying that you found an apartment and was leaving us the next week...

Glad I have the opportunity to respond to your review Kaitlyn! I wish you all the best for your future. :)

- Julia



Roots was amazing! The greatest work and stay I could have asked for, working and living with the other volunteers brings a deep sense of family. The host provides exactly what was expected plus so much more. If you are ever debating on going to Roots, just do it! You'll have a phenomenal time!

about 1 month ago



The team at Roots is absolutely phenomenal, you will not find a better hostel volunteer opportunity. The staff and the volunteers so quickly become a little family and everyone is so welcoming and happy to have you. The work is easy and as described, theres lots of free time to explore and have fun with the team. I've seen many major sights in the Netherlands as well as tons of hidden gems and cool spots I never would have discovered on my own. I truly can’t express how incredible this experience was, I will never forget all the people I’ve met here and Tilburg will always have my heart <3

about 2 months ago

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