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What you offer

32h
Hours per week

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.

Kitchen Hand

Help serving and organizing meals.

Housekeeping

Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.

Reception

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

Bartending

Serve and maintain the supplies and inventory of beverages.

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What you get

2
Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Team Dorm

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

Breakfast

Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Discounts on Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get discounts and enjoy your free time.

Support
Support

Worldpackers team will guide and advise you before, during and after your trip.

Verified hosts
Verified Hosts

Every host in the community is checked and approved by our team.

Insurance
Worldpackers Insurance

Did something not go as planned? Contact our team.

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The Experience

We would love to have you come and assist us in our buzzing reception, cafe and housekeeping. Generally you rotate one week in each department. We have been welcoming guests for 28 years and have had many volunteers work with us over the years. We are an owner operated business so you will work directly with me. Hope to hear from you!

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Requirements

  • Intermediate English

  • Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Availability

Oct
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Stay at least
5 weeks
Stay up to
16 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

1 Review

United States

I benefited from my experience extensively, enjoyed free excursions and met some incredible people, local and international! Cape Town is a truly remarkable city and The Backpack is extremely well-revered in the local community, founded upon the practices of fair trade tourism and social responsibility. My only concern is the poor management and lack of communication which has led to a toxic work environment and frustration among staff. I often felt extremely devalued, disrespected, and treated as less than staff. Because of this, I began lowering my expectations and, in turn, my output.

over 2 years ago

Lee replied

Thank you so much for your honest review. Lee and I the co founders and co owners have replaced the manageress and taken over the management of our internship program ourselves. We are excited and would be happy to send all prospective candidates the feedback we have received from the past interns.
We want the interns to leave The Backpack feeling they have not only had the best time in Cape Town but the most rewarding internship too!

About The Backpack

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  • Hosted by Lee

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  • Response Rate: 60%
  • Response Time: 1 day

About the host

The Backpack is stylish, social and central; a traveler who loves to work hard and party hard will find us to be a suitable fit. We are always on the go; from breakfast service, to planning guest tours to bar events at night.

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