The Elephants Hostels Bratislava

If you’re interested in experiencing hostel life in Eastern Europe, learning the ins and outs of hospitality while having loads of fun, and meeting tons of amazing people from all over the world, this is your place! We run 2 fun and social hostels in the heart of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Currently looking for volunteers mainly to help us with reception, bar, and organizing various activities.

Our places are well-balanced backpacker's/party hostels. One more party, one more chill.

Ways how to make extra cash:
1. Cooking - We give you 15EUR. Then you go shopping. It’s up to you how much you spend if it’s over 10EUR it’s no problem and very encouraged because then you are cooking for approx. 10-40 guests plus volunteers. Guests are paying 5EUR. So in the worst case, you cover your expenses and make people happy. In another scenario, you could make 30 to 80EUR extra (excluding what you invested to shop for ingredients.)

2. Pub Crawl - Not only that you can learn how to lead a hoard of drunk people (worse than a school group in elementary school) but we pay you 1EUR per person who joins (in Drunken Dollars, our hostel currency). If you are really motivated and get most of the possible 270 guests we may have (depends on which hostel you are placed in) you can not only drink for free and get to know (sometimes VERY personally) interesting sexy guests and earn some extra bucks on top of that.

3. By really caring about the hostel and doing extra work and being able to stay more than 3 months. We are not blind (always checking) and if it is persistent and last for more than a few weeks we always offer reception only work that is paid and you will be responsible for checking the cleanliness (and giving a shit in general) of volunteers work that has to be done instead of doing it only by yourself... but most importantly to make sure the volunteers pay very close attention to guests (and by that we don’t mean only those you are sexually interested in :) ).

4. By asking us to work more hours. We always have more stuff to do, so if you feel like it we can pay you 5EUR an hour for every hour over 25h

We have a team of about 8+ volunteers and 2-3 paid "volunteers"(each hostel) at a time which is constantly changing so feel free to contact us at any time.

First please tell us about yourself and about your motivation to volunteer for us because we have many applicants so please make it short and right on the point ;) (essays of 1000+ words are also accepted but not sure we have time to read them. Also, please include the 🐘 in it if you have read so far :D )

We do not accept couples, but we do accept couples of friends.

Despite the fact that the work has to be properly done, you will have a great time here and meet a bunch of cool people during your stay, learn new skills and experience yet unexperienced situations.

We have around 15 volunteers at a time in each hostel, who do housekeeping and reception work besides running tours and group activities or cook dinners in a good balance. The management is also built up from volunteers who stay here for longer.

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So happy I chose this hostel as my first volunteering experience. Work was easy to do and going out every day you will never get bored. This place is absolutely crazy but I love it. Also Bratislava is an awesome city.

4 days ago



Wild Elephant Hostel es una experiencia perfecta si tenes ganas de salir un poco de la realidad y divertirte sin parar.El trabajo a realizar no es para nada difícil.Hay muchas actividades para hacer en el día a día donde vas a disfrutar, conocer mucha gente y hacer amistades.Personalmente me encontré muy bien con la mayor parte de los voluntarios, me sentí acompañada y sin estrés.
Sin dudas una experiencia que tenes que hacer aunque sea una vez en tu vida!!

6 days ago



The welcome was not as I expected, the managers and some volunteers were not friendly and did not help me with English. The room was very messy and looked like it was from WWII. As far as fun is concerned, I spent it unforgettable moments.

7 days ago



it was an incredible experience! My first volunteer, I learned a lot of things, I improved my English development, I met people from different countries, the experiences and activities that the hostel provides daily are certainly the best part! Family dinners, pubcrwal, daily activities, amazing! Some points left something to be desired as agreed but nothing that would interfere with volunteering, if you want to party, this is the perfect place, if not, not so much… I really hope to return one day!

12 days ago

United States


Volunteering at wild elephants was an amazing amazing decision and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The guests are super fun, the other volunteers are some of the best friends I’ve ever made, and the experience exceeded my expectations in every way. A great opportunity if you like to meet people, party, and experience life in a city that people typically overlook. Have already extended for an extra month and can see myself staying another forever (but the app is makin me write my review now 😠). Highly highly recommend volunteering here, especially if it is your first volunteer experience.

14 days ago

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