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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Night Shift
Help with night shift tasks and create a relaxing environment for guests.
Help with booking systems and payments.
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.
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 Drinks
Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in 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 are looking for friendly sociable and vibey people who are willing to help us and make a difference in our lodge - of course, while enjoying the amazing city of Cape Town! The usual volunteer's job is to help us organize our reception tasks (bookings, check-ins, payments) and working in the bar & stock control.

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  • Fluent English
  • Over 18 years old
  • Be from outside South Africa

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
4 weeks

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Unforgettable experience with great team



After a bit longer than a month there, Big Blue turned into my home in Cape Town! The team is really great, and I felt really welcome. I worked 5 hours a day at the bar (usually at night), but the environment is so nice and chilled that it barely felt like working. Plus, I had the whole day to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. I would surely come back and recommend volunteering in Big Blue!!!


Big Blue replied

Marina, has been one of the best volunteers Big Blue probably has had. Her sense of drive and energy and always getting things done with no questions was a breath of fresh air. Her attention to detail, focus and always looking to add value is a key part of her personality. Whichever field this amazing young lady ventures into will definately be a success. Obrigado


Ficar no Big Blue Backpackers foi a minha primeira experiência como WorldPacker e, sinceramente? Não poderia ter sido melhor! EU AMEI cada segundinho que passei nesse hostel. Fiz amizades incríveis, melhorei meu inglês (thank you John Lee for your patient), curti DEMAIS a Cidade do Cabo, visitei vários lugares, tudo com muito tempo de folga e tranquilidade que o gerente passava pra gente. O trabalho em si é bem tranquilo: algumas noites no bar servindo drinks (super tranquilo de preparar, a maioria pede brandy and coke) ou na recepção fazendo o check-in dos hóspedes. EU AMEI, thanks big blue!



Tive a oportunidade de passar mais de um mês na cidade e trabalhar no Big Blue. Uma experiência única. O hostel é super bem localizado, dali pode-se fazer tudo e ir pra todo lado. A estruturado do local pode impressionar de uma maneira diferente no começo mas com o tempo perceber o quão acolhedor o local é. O responsável pelo trabalho foi o Jhon Lee, super flexível com os horários e trabalhar com ele era pura diversão! Além de trabalhar na recepção, também trabalhei no bar, o que era bem tranquilo, fácil e o lugar ideal para trocar conhecer pessoas e trocar experiências de viagens com todos!



O hostel é bem localizado, é limpo, tem camas confortáveis, o trabalho é leve e a equipe, em regra, é bacana.
De início senti falta de maiores informações sobre o hostel, apresentação da equipe, orientações gerais sobre o funcionamento e o trabalho.
Passei a trabalhar no bar à noite. Ocorre q o dono do hostel reclamou do meu inglês (mesmo sem ter conversado comigo antes) e sobre o fato de eu estudar de manhã (apesar de ter informado no momento q me inscrevi p/ a vaga q estava indo para CPT para estudar inglês), gerando uma situação desagravável. Apesar disso continuei trabalho à noite.


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