Help us with our hostel's tasks in Lake Tahoe, California

The Exchange

We are looking for general help including front desk, reception & house keeping with possible minimal cooking and snow play (snow shoveling so we can get to the door) at the Redlight Hostel in Truckee, California. We have wall space for murals available to artists as well. This all includes helping guests and keeping this place entertaining. There is a dog onsite and sometimes a python.


13 hours of help per week

Bartending: Serve and maintain the supplies and inventory of beverages.

Night Shift: Help with night tasks to make the place relaxing for all guests

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

Reception: Help with check-ins, check-outs and attend to guests.

What you get

3 days off per week

Shared Dorm: Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Discounts on Drinks: Drink up! Get discounts and order a few drinks.

Free Laundry: There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.


Intermediate English

Over 21 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We require a minimum of 13 hours / week volunteering with a minimum stay of 2 1/2 months. We offer lodging for volunteers. We hope that volunteers will find other work in the area while they are here. There are plenty of opportunities during high season in town.

We want people who want to learn and educate to make a positive experience for everyone. The reception / bar requires a lot of training and we are selective for those looking to help in that area. All helpers must be computer literate (we use a Mac). Most positions are for one person, thus helpers should expect to volunteer alone on shifts.

We want real team members - people who want to make this place better and will help out even if they aren't on shift.

Activities & Shift

Reception / Bar Shift: Our bar is our reception. Learn to check people in, make drinks and food. Interact with guests.
Housekeeping: Changing bunks and beds, general cleaning,
Snow Clearing / Maintenance: Just that.
Trail Angel: Drive to the PCT to pick up and drop off hikers.


We have a high standard for our helpers. We don't allow impairing substances (i.e. alcohol or others) while on the job.

We have more rules than most places. We play music that fits our bar and my taste (not always everyone's taste - Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, and more recently some instrumental hip hop) and we close the kitchen and dining room at 10:30 pm. We don't allow people to walk around in bare feet or without clothes on (shirt required). No shoes on furniture. No bare feet on furniture. We are clean and tidy and don't have a party hostel, though we like to have parties on occasion.