ITH Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge

Welcome Worldpackers! Are you traveling to California and looking an awesome volunteering experience in mountains? At ITH, our hostels are built around the great help we receive from our diverse volunteer staff. We love our staff like family and enjoy providing an amazing experience for the volunteers to both help out at our top rated hostel and provide them with plenty of free time so they can enjoy the surrounding mountains and lake! Big Bear Lake, California is southern California only four season mountain town. The winters are all about snowboarding and enjoying the typical winter mountain lifestyle. The summers are filled with enjoying the lake (we have a boat!), hiking and relaxing in the outdoors. If you are one who enjoys the peacefulness of living in the mountains and love an active lifestyle then Big Bear is for you! Nestled into the heart of Big Bear Lake, our rustic Mountain Adventure Lodge is the perfect mountain getaway. The Lodge has multiple areas to relax both inside and outside the building. We have a game room with a pool table and ping pong table. Our colossal fireplace is a keystone, with several couches for travelers to curl up on! The grounds feature a yoga area, archery course, amphitheater and hammocks for guests to enjoy. Create your own activities with our large surrounding yard. The lodge is walking distance to great hiking trails, Big Bear Lake village, restaurants and the lake. Inside the Lodge we have private rooms and dorm style rooms. There is free wifi available throughout the Lodge. By staying here, you become a part of a community dedicated to creating global, cultural and community centric sustainable relationships. You are also supporting the sustainable measures we are implementing in each of our hostels. For example, we grow organic vegetables, incorporate locally sourced food when possible, and integrate recycling and composting programs. If you are the type of person who loves meeting world travelers then this is a great opportunity to live and volunteer in a fun mountain town!

We look at all of our volunteers as part of our family, and we work as a team to provide a great experience for guests visiting our Lodge. Volunteers work 25 hours a week in exchange for a bed in the staff room and also daily free meals when we cook for our guests. If you love to work at top rated hostel and have fun in the mountains, then ITH Big Bear is for you!


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I love this place so much! All the staff looks like a family, I will miss them. The hours of work are not heavy and you still have the opportunity to meet the other hostels that are part of the ITH network. The Big Bear is a great place for anyone who is looking for a quiet trip, opportunity to get to meet the mountains of California, ski and have fun!

2 months ago


Not enough words to describe how wonderful my experience here was.
Stayed for a couple months and met the most awesome people of my life, amazing relationships and a fantastic scenary.
Go be a part of the ITH family, you won't regret it!

almost 2 years ago


Big Bear ITH is a great place! Really cool nice hostel, and lots of fun (:
Sometimes the entire hostel is being rent so all the staff go hang out somewhere else, we went camping on the beach once, and to the other ITH hostel in San Diego ... so you get to exprience both snowy mountain and sunny beaches (:

almost 2 years ago


There's no words to describe how amazing the place is! From the beautiful house to the charming city and the cutest dog on Earth! Work was always fun, the staff was awesome and I had the time of my life! Would totally recommend it to anyone who's looking for a new adventure!

about 2 years ago


I had the opportunity to live a life changing experience in this place. The perfect spot to get a little bit away from reality. Since day one both staff and volunteers on the place were really kind and helped setting up to this new wonderful place. Even though this place is a little bit away from so called "civilization" there's a huge amount of things you can do around it, and as well I could take advantage of almost every spot I thought possible thanks to them. ITH is an amazing group to volunteer for and I'm lucky to be now part of that family!

over 2 years ago

Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature

Yoga / Meditation


Adventure Sports