1 to 4 weeks residential Hostel Placements available at YHA Truleigh Hill (near Brighton, UK)

The Exchange

We are looking for volunteers that love the great outdoors, and are keen to help us: housekeeping (making up beds, cleaning rooms and washrooms) and catering (cooking and serving). Our Charitable Object is "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities, particularly by providing Youth Hostels".


25 hours of help per week

Kitchen Hand: Help serving and organizing meals.

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

Housekeeping: Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.

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

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: Have a private room to chill and relax just by yourself.

Team Dorm: You're part of a team! Get to know them in your dormitory.

Tent: A billion stars over your head and a comfy tent to sleep in.

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

Discounts on Restaurants: Yummy! Get discounts and grab a bite.

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

Bikes at your disposal: Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Intermediate English

Over 18 years old

European Union Passport

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Hostel placements are ideal for people needing to complete a student placement as part of their course or if you are looking for a residential volunteering placement for up to 4 weeks.

We can welcome up to two volunteers so couples and friends are welcome. Volunteers receive free accommodation in a bedroom in the staff flat (with common area, kitchen and bathroom). The room can welcome 2 persons and can only be shared by a personal friend or another volunteer of the same gender.

You can expect to volunteer for five days (or a minimum of 25 hours) out of seven with two days off each week. The hours could include evenings, weekend and Bank Holiday working undertaken on a rota basis. In your free time you will be able to travel and explore the local area and our hostel team will have plenty of recommendations for you.

Activities & Shift

We are looking for volunteers that love the great outdoors, and are keen to help out in all areas of the job including housekeeping (cleaning rooms and washrooms, making up beds) and catering (cooking and serving food).


We offer up to £75 towards the cost of your travel to get to the hostel (keep all your receipts!). Volunteers can purchase discounted food or use our self-catering kitchen to prepare their own meals. Discounted food is available to volunteers in this role for £2 per course.

Code of Conduct:
We ask that you adhere to our volunteer Code of Conduct. We are committed to ensuring the safety of staff, customers and volunteers and will terminate any placement where an individual has breached UK law, is a risk to themselves or others or where they bring YHA in to disrepute.

YHA and Safeguarding:
YHA is committed to ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of volunteers is assessed in line with this commitment.