Looking for nature and hiking lovers

The Exchange

We are a hostel located at 3500m in front of the beautiful Volcano Cotopaxi. We provide our guests a very different experience, surrounded by nature and 7 Vulcanos. The main tasks for volunteers are hiking with guest and help us to serve the meals. You will have also the opportunity to do for free all our activities and to spend some time in our hammock or Jacuzzi.

What you offer

25 hours of help per week

Kitchen Hand: Help prepare, finish and serve meals.

Tour Guide: Organize and lead tours around the city.

Housekeeping: Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.

What you get

2 days off per week

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, 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 Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Activities & Shift

The volunteers have a variety of roles around the hostel, working together as a team to provide a unique experience for our guests. The primary job of the volunteers is leading two hikes which we offer to guests each day. The hikes are through a private ecological reserve in the mountains. One hike is to the summit of Pasochoa Volcano (4200m) and the other is a hike through a creek to our local waterfalls (2h approx.). Typically each volunteer leads each hike a few times per week, so we are looking for people who are into trekking and hiking and work well in group environments.
Helping our local staff with setting/cleaning the tables and serve the meals (our food is all for free for you and it is delicious) is also part of your job.
The staff speak Spanish so its also a great way to improve your own Spanish.


Our main rule is being flexible. Some days there is bit more to do then other more chilled days.
Anyways you will have plenty of time to relax in the middle of the nature, play with our 5 dogs or spend time in the Jacuzi with guest from all over the world.