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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Choose the menu, pick ingredients and cook delicious dishes.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Parties
Get discounts at nearby parties and clubs.
Discounts on Drinks
Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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The Experience

first of all, we need SOCIAL, PROACTIVE and RESPONSIBLE people! -bar -preparing the dinner -helping with the kitchen -helping us selling dinner and drinks --working in our parties in the hostel (bar or kitchen) We also have places for gardening/yoga/carpenter/tour guide/social media/photography. So if you are good in these areas you can also help us!Just keep in your mind that we really need people who likes to party and also can really work!

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  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Be from outside Brazil
  • European Union Passport

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
3 weeks

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Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


My experience in Rio Forest Hostel was great! People working there are super friendly, they make you feel like home. The hostel itself is very nice, has stunning view for the city and it’s located in very pretty, artistic area. I would love to come back one day.



The whole team is really great!! Marcus and Juan are really cool and I always had the good vibes I was looking for. Beacuse of the low season I didn't cook a lot and I didn't learn new recipes but it was funny anyway and thanks to the little task I enjoyed all the days and nights. I know a shared dorm is always though but the room and the bathroom can be better managed. The entire experience was howerer great, the staff too, I recommend it!!!!!



I got so attached to this place I stayed more than I planned. The people that works here is super friendly and chill. They gave me all the freedom and trust to create content for the hostel and that is really apreciated. They could improve in organization though.
The view is amazing, there are private events every weekend but you can stay there and be part of the “locals nightlife”. The area gets kind of dangerous at night and you might have to take a uber to go up to the hostel. Finally if you are proactive and dont need for someone to tell you what to do this is the place to BE! i loved it



El Rio Forest es un gran hostel muy próximo al centro de la ciudad y a Lapa, en el barrio tranquilo de Santa Teresa. Yo estuve en Manutención por lo que tuve que reparar unas sillas, el horario era relajado y sólo debía trabajar 24 horas a la semana! El staff es increíble Celine y Juan son muy amables y me ayudaron con todo! Marcus el dueño también una persona muy generosa y atento! Recomiendo mucho este hostal para hacer un voluntariado! (Fue mi primera experiencia) y estuvo increíble!




Fiquei no Rio Forest Hostel por 1 mês e meio e foi logo de início uma experiência muito agradável. Fui muito bem recebida pela equipe, bem alocada e instruída quanto ao trabalho que desenvolveria no bar. Bons eventos com pessoas incríveis sempre ao redor e uma estrutura impecável. Recomendo a experiência do voluntariado no hostel e desejo que os próximos voluntários tenham um tempo e uma estadia tão querida quanto a que tive!


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