Old Mill Hostel

Westport is a very exciting place to be, especially during busy seasons. Volunteers are able to see this up close as the hostel is located in the heart of the town centre. Volunteers have their own separate accommodation (including bathroom) from the hostel so it's great to have your own space. You will volunteer for 5 days per week, roughly 4/5 hours depending on the day. This is often much less as all morning tasks can be completed faster depending on the number of checkouts. You will also have 2 days off where you are free to wander about Westport and its surroundings - this is also possible on the days when you are working.

We like for volunteers to feel like part of the team from the very beginning. Living in a hostel is a dynamic environment and there is always something new and interesting to discover. We aim for our volunteers to enjoy their time in Westport as much as possible for however long they stay with us. As it is a family-run hostel, there are only a few members of staff and this allows volunteers to develop close and interpersonal links with us all.

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The experience was good and the people are very friendly

13 days ago



Was my second time doing volunteer at the Old Mill Hostel and I have no words to say how special that place is. And, of course, is special because of the people there. Niahm is my Queen, is amazing work with her, talk to her, spend time with her, listen her histories and everything. All the staff team are friendly.
The hostel is amazing. A really nice place to be. You’ll never get bored, definitely!! Living there could change your life, in a better way, for sure =)
I fell blessed to have that opportunity <3

15 days ago



My volunteering at the Old Mill Hostel was my first volunteering experience and i couldn’t have dreamed better !
Everyone (staff and other volunteers) here is really nice and easygoing. They made my stay an incredible experience, and i am grateful that I met them!
Also, the amount of work is truly fair, it gives time to visit great places, other cities, etc. so it is very cool.
Thank you so much 🫶

28 days ago



I absolutely loved my experience at the Old Mill Hostel! Niamh was such a caring and generous host who ensured that everyone felt comfortable and supported! The other volunteers were so much fun and the environment was one of respect and positivity! The town of Westport, although small, is lively and a great place to engage with locals. I would highly recommend this experience to other volunteers!

about 1 month ago

New Zealand


Niamh is a wonderful host, always a friendly face. I was here during the down season, so the work was minimal but easy and Niamh's expectations were realistic. Westport is a lovely town, so much to see and do. There were a few other volunteers too, so there's many lovely people to meet

3 months ago

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