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Hostel Surabaya, Indonesia
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What you offer

Hours per week

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


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


Help with a wide range of repairs.


Help to grow and cultivate plants.

Painting & Decorating

Help to maintain the appearance inside and outside the building.

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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

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.


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


Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!


Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Free Laundry

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


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

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The Experience

Da Rifi is quiet small hostel. We are simple and dedicated, that's my vision in running the hostel. Everything should be easy and simple . We don't need to think complicated to make this life get easy. We are not very good, we are not the best but we want everybody knows we are the warmest place for backpackers who miss their home

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  • Intermediate English

  • Between 18 and 80 years old

  • Be from outside Indonesia

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
12 weeks

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9 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


I stayed for a few days at Da Rifi, because I lost my passport and I needed to go to the embassy in Jakarta.. Dyana is a lovely woman who wants to help with everything and she learned me things about history. I didn’t get the change to improve the hostel, because of the passport situation but I would recommend Da Rifi to anybody who wants to get to know the Indonesian culture and who likes to improve a hostel. Dyana thanks for your help!

7 months ago

Dyana replied

Silvano, what I like from you that you are a young man loves history...even we met in a short time but you have shown me how to make the steps on improving the hostel...Thanks, Silvano..and good luck in every your way...


Dyana is an absolute Darling!!! She is very caring, always make sure that her guests are ok and feel at home, she is cooking and provide all meals, when she is there.
The hostel leaves a lot of space for your improvements, so you can play out your creativity.
I feng-shui-ed the entrance and worked during my stay there on creating a good energy flow and an inviting atmosphere and Dyana loved her "new" entrance area!
I wish Dyana and her Da Rifi Hostel a lot of success and lot of new guests and supportive volunteers.
Lot's of Love, Karina

8 months ago

Dyana replied

Karina, you are a very excellent Feng-Shui expert. You could do a nice entrance of the hostel. Many times the guests and friends give nice comments about the entrance and I always tell that you made it. ...A long time I wanted such this entrance and you made my dreams come true...!! Thanks, Karina....we have to make a nice book about Feng Shui for our remembrance and memory...


This was a great experience. Dyana the Host is such a nice lady, kind, gentle with a big heart, she friendly and helpfull all the time...She is a hard worker as well as a writer and a teacher and she finds the time to be with you and help you with all your needs... she also helps you to organize your trips...she is an easy going person and a beautiful indonesian.

11 months ago

Dyana replied

Priscilla, thank you for volunteering at the inspired me many things and it was a wonderful time we spent together going to Malang, swimming, talking (especially about our parents...), there was always good times with you here... thank you again and hope I can visit you one day!


I definitely felt at home, Dyana is an amazing host. She was always respectful, kind, helpful and attentive with me. She is a trustworthy, easygoing and flexible person. The hostel is very nice and you have supermarkets close to the hostel. I had a pleasant experience here, I recommend it 100%.
Definitivamente me senti como en casa, Dyana es una excelente anfitriona. Siempre estuvo pendiente de mi, me facilito el transporte las veces que necesite ir al banco y aeropuerto. Siempre muy amable, respetuosa, servicial y flexible, no te exige cumplir un horario especifico en el voluntariado.

about 1 year ago

Dyana replied

Hi was nice to have you here, especially you taught us the dancing of tango...especially Irene was really impressed with your ability of dancing...she reminds me of you again and again and she tells to my friends what the best dancer of you she once ever met.....please come again anytime..visit your home at Surabaya, meet with many of your friends here...Good luck with your next visit and adventuring volunteerism...Be happy no worry..the world is in your hands....congratulations on your dreams achieved!

Trinidad and Tobago

I truly enjoyed the time spent at Da Rifi Hostel. Dyana is an amazing hostess who welcomes you like family and makes the time spent in Indonesia worthwhile. She allowed so much flexibility in working around the hostel and provided excellent advice on things to do and places to visit around the country. She even asked her son to be our guide in Malang! Thanks Rickie. I would very highly recommend a workstay at Da Rifi, it was so much more than I expected and if I have the opportunity to travel to Indonesia again this is definitely where I'd stay.

over 1 year ago

Dyana replied

Hi Marcia, thanks a lot for your volunteering.... You are very deligent. I am sure every host will love you was sooo very much appreciated too..and for sure, if I have opportunity to visit Trinidad again, I must tell you. I miss the Carnival in Savanah...Port of Spain....And please come again have home now at Surabaya, Indonesia...

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About Da Rifi Hostel

  • Hosted by Dyana

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  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 3 days

About the host

Located between two world-class tourist destinations, Yogyakarta and Bali, Surabaya offers diverse opportunities for tourists and business alike. As one of Indonesia's leading capital, Surabaya is keenly aware of the need to promote herself into a cosmopolitan city.

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