Portree Hostel

**We have a space available from the 7th December until 23rd December but otherwise we are looking for volunteers for January, February and March 2019*** We are a hostel and guesthouse in Waterford city in the sunny south-east of Ireland. Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland (1100 years old!) - it's an hour and three quarters from both Cork and Dublin and well served by rail and buses. The city itself has lots of festivals and plenty to see and do. Nearby there are some of Ireland's nicest beaches and surf spots at Tramore and Dunmore East. The property is split between a hostel and a guesthouse and we are looking for help with all aspects of the place - cleaning, changing beds, laundry, reception and very importantly, talking and socialising with the guests. Sometimes we also need help with basic maintenance (painting & decorating etc.). Other than that a big part of the placement is to look after the guests and be sociable with them (invite them to play cards if you're playing, or out to the pub if you're going out). We want guests (and of course helpers) to find our hostel a friendly place and to have a great experience in Waterford and having friendly helpers is a really important part of that. Otherwise we do expect volunteers to look after areas when they're in them (so if there are dirty dishes in the kitchen or a bin needs to be emptied we expect volunteers to look after those issues). This part of the job probably only takes 5 minutes a day but is really critical as we need all areas to be nice and clean and looking well for the guests. We also require all volunteers to speak English (you don't need perfect English but we don't like guests feeling excluded from conversations so require helpers to attempt to speak English). If you would like to apply, please let us know when you think you would like to come, and also if you have any specific skills that might be useful - we're keeping an open mind. We generally ask for between 3 and 6 weeks from volunteers but for December and January we can take people for a shorter period (minimum 1 week). The help is 4 hours a day, 5 days per week (some weeks we may need you to work an extra day but you'll get the extra day off the next week if that happens - at the end of the month everyone has their first and last days free as well as eight others). We can only take people with EU passports or valid work visas for Ireland - please confirm in your application that you have one or other of these (otherwise we will assume you don't and will have to decline your application) We prefer people travelling solo as we've found they soicalise with the guests more - we do occasionally take pairs of friends but not couples I'm afraid. Thanks!

You will get a bed and basic breakfast (toast, cereal etc) every day, - we provide ingredients for dinner every day (as long as someone wants to cook) and have communal meals with staff and guests, with the cooking being rotated among the helpers - there's no hassle if you can't cook but we would like if you could help in some way (cleaning / chopping veg etc). Beds are in a shared room with other staff. The staff room is mixed occasionally. Otherwise, we will do whatever we can to make your trip to Waterford as enjoyable as possible. Since the dynamic of the hostel & guesthouse changes all the time (we started the project 3 and a half years ago but it's changed a lot over that period), it's hard to know exactly how things will be, but we think is an enjoyable opportunity for someone looking to see the South East of Ireland and help with what we think is a fun, sociable place to work. You'll definitely learn something - apart from improving your English volunteers have fun and hang out together and tend to learn lots from each other - how to cook weird dishes from each others countries, how to play guitar, how to draw, paint, etc etc etc.

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Portree House was a fantastic first Worldpackers experience. From the start Ciaran was very accommodating on moving my start date around, and was always quick to respond to emails or talk to you if you needed something. The managers were also great, all very friendly and easy to work with. The work isn't at all difficult, and it was never an issue if you needed to change your shift to be somewhere else. I made some good friends among the other volunteers/guests, and couldn't have asked for an easier volunteer experience. If you're looking to go somewhere, Portree is a good, solid choice.

8 days ago


I've spent one amazing month at Portree Hostel. Couldn't have expected better place for a first experience. It offers the opportunity to meet great people, enhance your english skills, discover Ireland's South East, and especially learn many things which are so useful in everyday life (housekeeping, cooking communal meals, many other occasional tasks...). Thank you Portree lovely staff!

21 days ago

Ciaran replied

Thanks Paul. You were a great help while you were here.
I missed the deadline for writing a review for Paul but I can highly recommend him for any hospitality role for any hosts looking at his profile. He has a great laid back demeanor but is also a very hard worker.


Portree Hostel was my very first experience as a volunteer and could not be better. All the team are so nice and gave me a very warm welcome. The tasks are super easy and notable at the same time. I was super lucky to have a great volunteers at the same period as well and this is the best part to me: get to know new people for every part of the world. I had the chance to meet people from Spain, France, Australia, Argentina etc...

28 days ago

Ciaran replied

Thanks very much Adria. It was great to host you and you're welcome back any time.

I missed the deadline for writing a review for Adria but I can highly recommend him for any role if any hosts are looking at his profile. He got along very well with the other volunteers , staff and guests and he is very responsible and reliable.


My stay at Portree Hostel went very well. The staff were very welcoming and easy to work with. I liked the fact that we had dinner together everyday, for me it was a big plus! Overall I had a great time.

about 1 month ago


Magda is great. It's all.

about 1 month ago

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