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Hostel Cape Town, South Africa

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Explore Cape Town and work in South Africa's original Backpacker

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This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Learn about sustainability
2 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Immerse yourself in the local culture
2 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
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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.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
Make and serve drinks and help maintain the beverages inventory.
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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.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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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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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
5 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

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How this experience will transform you

2 Learning about sustainability

2 Immersing in the local culture

2 Get in touch with nature

2 Developing social awareness

2 Meeting locals

1 Meeting international travelers



My first Worldpackers experience volunteering at The Backpack hostel was amazing. You will meet people from all around the world and get to know different cultures. You will also have contact with locals since Lee and part of the staff are from Cape Town. The facilities of the hostel and the permanent staff team are incredible. I strongly recommend this hostel!! Thank you so much to everyone!!




My experience was incredible! I found a loving home with everyone and I was challenged to learn new things which was so much fun!
I really appreciated the communication beforehand with Lee, it made me feel like I could communicate well with my hosts.
I was also lucky that my fellow interns are so wonderful people and we could rely on each other always.
The hostel is always trying to find new ways to improve and this sometimes means a little bump in the learning curve, I've always felt like I could voice any concerns and my input was valuable.
Thank you so much to everyone!




Working @ The Backpack was one of the best experiences so far!! I met lots of amazing people from all over the world!! Lee and the whole staff is amazing. The hostel is located in a very strategic spot, close to the Long St. and Kloof St. where you can find lots of bars, restaurants, gift shops, bakeries, shopping malls, supermarkets, etc.. It`s also close to Table Mountain and Lion`s Head. If you are traveling solo don`t be concerned cuz this is the best place to make friends right away!! Awesome opportunity for who wants to volunteer or just be a guest!! Cheers!!




Staying in The Backpack was one of the best experiences so far. I felt I was in the right place at the right moment and so hard to say goodbye all the family you create here.
The hostel has an amazing vibes and everybody feel the same. Perfect place to enjoy Cape Town, meet people and feel at home at the same time. I will come back fore sure.
Thanks to Lee and to the lovely team! A big hug from Catalunyaaa! 😘


Calu replied

Ada your warm smile and bubbly personality not to mention your great sense of making chaos into order (on our shelves) were a delight for us. You always were happy to put in extra with that great smile and you will always be welcome to come back.



The Backpack hostel is amazing. One of the best hostels that I ever been.
Lee, the staffs and all the volunteers are so nice and made me feel like home.
You are gonna meet a lots of people from all over the world and its fantastic.
All my love to this place!


Calu replied

Thanks Vicky you went the extra mile for us - we will always remember the Halloween Party and your zest for life. Your letter is number one in the book! Hope to catch you on the rebound!

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Hosted by Calu

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This host usually answers to 70% of the messages
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