Volunteer in Chicago! Explore this amazing city!

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Apply to come ASAP! I already have 10+ applicants for the month of July. The usual day will be 2-5 hours @ 9/10:00a.m. It will include cleaning the rooms when guests check out; cleaning the bathroom; cleaning the kitchen. There will also be outdoor work (landscaping) such as, raking leaves; snow shoveling; gardening; weeding. Join us and explore this amazing city that is Chicago! The most important skill is asking questions!


What you offer

25 hours of help per week

Reception: Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

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

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

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

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.

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.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Between 25 and 65 years old

United States Visa

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

While helping with the cleaning at the hostel, you will have the remainder of the day to explore Chicago.
The position will be for a minimum of 2 weeks, but preferably 1-2 months.
You will be invited on the tours of the area.


Activities & Shift


It is important to take the commitment of volunteering seriously as guests depend on you.
Tasks incude:
- changing the bed linens
- cleaning the floors & dusting
- watering the plants
- orienting the guests whenever possible


Rules

Your work schedule will usually be 10:00am to 3:00pm or 9:00am to 2:00pm. If you cancel or reschedule without express permission from the host, you may be asked to leave and find other living arrangements.
The 2 days off occur after 5 days of work.
Quiet Time is 10:00p.m. to 8:00a.m. so that guests can sleep. For example, no loud noises and no pungent cooking.
There is no eating outside the kitchen.
Smoking is not allowed inside the house. There is an ashtray in the back of the building.
If you are staying overnight at another location, we need to be notified the day before, at least. If there's no notification, you may be asked to leave.
Visitors are allowed, but we must always be notified. If there's no notification, you may be asked to leave.
It is important to be gentle on the equipment, etc. Repeated breakage may result in repair costs coming from your food budget.