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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 a wide range of repairs or 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
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Restaurants
Get discounts at nearby restaurants.
Discounts on Pubs
Get discounts at nearby pubs.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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 need wooden stairs built to make it easy to get in and out of our 10' x 10' tree house. At present it is accessed by a ladder through a trap door. We want you to build a staircase that rises about 8 feet, with a platform (tiny deck) at the top, and to install a door in the side of the tree house. We will supply materials and tools, and can arrange for a helper when needed. Other projects are available if you wish to extend your stay.

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  • Fluent English
  • Over 18 years old
  • United States Visa

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
4 weeks

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4 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


Very nice and friendly hosts, meet amazing people and for sure I would like to come back and would recommend to anyone, nice opportunity to see how Alaskan life is and living it by yourself, the hosts were the ones that made this time a great time.



It was an amazing experience! The hostel is cozy and has a family atmosphere. Gay Ellen was amazing to me since I arrived, she took me to see the city and visit some cool places and introduced me to wonderful people, she is a very generous person, fun and intelligent. She has a mother's heart. We had a lot of fun, we talked about a lot of things and laughed together. The work is very easy and it was very good to learn new things. The host Alex is an incredible man and very polite. Words cannot express my gratitude for this precious month that I spend at the hostel. I'll be back for sure!



Glacier House Hostel is a nice place to stay. I had a really good time over there. It was a bit challenging to be in Alaska since Im from Brazil but a nice experience. The host in residence was very polite and he nicely dropped me by the airport when I left. He also took me to do groceries a few times and he introduced me to places I should visit and so on. The work is quite easy, although the lack of a specific work schedule was a bit strange. I overall recommend this hostel...


United States

Gay Ellen is an amazing and kind woman. My 3 month stay was eventful and felt so fast! Hosts are put up in/around the hostel where there is available room, and I was lucky enough to end up in the camper. There is tons of work available in the Fairbanks area during the busy Summer months, and Gay Ellen is open to working with her Worldpackers to allow for simultaneously earning an income during your stay - communication is key! I had a great time getting to know folks and experiencing the farmers market as a part of my skill set. I look forward to potentially returning next season!


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Hosted by Gay Ellen

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Response Time
This host usually writes back in 10 days

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