Providence Hostel and Guesthouse
IMPORTANT: We require volunteers to be fluent in English.
We are 3 friends in our mid-30s who met backpacking. We each traveled extensively in off-the-beat spots in Latin America, Asia and Europe, staying in countless hostels and couch surfing. From our love of hostels and backpacking we decided to pool our resources to create a small hostel. We only recently opened (June 2016) and we're still improving and upgrading. Therefore this is an opportunity to join us at the early phase, and co-create with us a project that is unfolding and growing. We tried to adopt what we most liked from the hostels we stayed in (for example, all our dorms currently have just 3-5 people per room). And among the funny quirks at our hostel, we have active bird feeders so sometimes you see beautiful birds from our kitchen window (sparrows, finches, red cardinals, woodpeckers, blue jays). The hostel is a work-in-progress, this is by no means a finished / polished product, we're still learning and improving every day. We're small and more like a family, so this is NOT a party hostel. We host travelers, "J1 work and travel" students, local students, backpackers and gap year travelers.
ABOUT PROVIDENCE: Voted top 3 in "America's Favorite Cities" poll in "Travel and Leisure" magazine. Providence is a vibrant city, with a great food culture, many museums, and home to several top universities. Our hostel is 15 minutes walk to downtown, and walking distance to Providence's most famous universities: Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute. We're 20 minutes on foot from the rail line to Boston (1 hour direct to Boston, $11.50 one way) and 3 hours by bus to New York City. Buses connect Providence to most other major cities.
This gig can be as simple as you wish (checking guests in and cleaning)... or as creative and skill-enhancing as your spirit desires. If you're entrepreneurial and looking for creative ways to make extra money, we're open to letting you market your own special skill to guests (like organizing paid cook-outs... or reiki....or yoga... or giving paid guitar lessons or language lessons ... just to give you some ideas). Basically, just like in life, it's upto you what you get out of this experience...... and if you're looking to hone more advanced skills (like marketing... or your entrepreneurial side... or your artistic/design talents...) this can be a really cool gig. Excellent for friendly, motivated self-starters with strong imagination and can-do attitude.