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What you offer

5h
Hours per day

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

Reception

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

Cleaning

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

Administration

Help with booking systems and payments.

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What you get

1
Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Team Dorm

You're part of a team! Get to know them in your dormitory.

Breakfast

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

Discounts on Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get discounts and enjoy your free time.

Free Laundry

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

Free Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Support
Support

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

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Insurance
Worldpackers Insurance

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The Experience

This is a great opportunity to explore Sicily (Taormina, Giardini-Naxos, Catania ecc) and at the same make a new experience which will spiritually enrich you. During you time off you will be able to visit the most important cities of Sicily and the area around the hostel. The bus stop and bus station are just in front of the hostel, so you can easily reach every location. We are just 5 minutes walking from the beach, city center and the harbour.

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Requirements

  • Fluent English or Intermediate English

  • Between 20 and 30 years old

  • Be from outside Italy

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Availability

Oct
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Mar
Stay at least
4 weeks
Stay up to
4 months

Talk to those who have lived the experience

2 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks

Hostel

Learning & Fun

Brazil

I loved my experience at Gianni’s House!! I actually extended my stay twice. His wife, Grazie, is this amazing, thoughtful woman who would by me ice cream and sweets!
The work is chilled. I’ve worked in 4 other hostels and the structure of this hostel is definitely good! The breakfast is rich!
The hostel is really well located, the bus stop to taormina and catania is seconds from the hostel. Giardini is this cute, small town with a gorgeous beach with a view to the vulcano etna!
The hostel is less than 10min walk to the beach.
I highly recommend!
:)

30 days ago

Spain

Recomiendo el hostal encarecidamente para ir como huésped. Sin embargo, yo no me sentí comoda trabajando ahí. Los jefes no se preocupan absolutamente nada por ti(te alojan en el peor cuarto,no tienes ni espacio para poner tu ropa y son muy bordes y maleducados a la hora de decirte las cosas, se nota mucho que únicamente les importa el dinero y no tu bienestar). Tienen cámaras en todos los sitios del hostal excepto en las habitaciones por lo que no tienes ninguna privacidad, las cuales controlan en todo momento. Se notaba mucho la diferencia de trato si eras un voluntario chico o chica.

about 2 months ago

Gianfranco replied

Hello Sonia,
I always make sure to provide volunteers everything they need in order to make the volunteering experience pleasant and useful for both parts and, actually, I think I did that with you as well.
You were hosted, with only another volunteer, in a four bed dorm which had a bathroom, a fan and also a wardrobe where you could put your clothes. If you thought that you did not have enough space where to put them you could've just told me about this problem and I would've tried my best to solve it. For the cameras, I honestly don't get your complaint. I've installed them to create a 24 hours security environment in the hostel, so that both the guests and the volunteers can feel safe. Moreover, I think that I have the right to use them in order to check that everything works at the hostel, since I can't stay there 24/7. I absolutely don't make any difference between female and male volunteers: when a volunteer sells an excursion, the agency I work with gives me the possibility of a free tour and I think it's fair to give this possibility to the volunteer who has sold the excursion. I gave the possibility to the other volunteer (a guy) because he had sold many excursions while you didn't sell any.
Anyways, I hope your next experience will be more pleasant.

About Gianni House

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  • Hosted by Gianfranco

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  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 9 days

About the host

Working in our hostel spiritually enriches you. You will make new friends, know people from all over the world and learn how to approach guests in the best way possible! Moreover in exchange for work you will obviously have your free time to enjoy Sicily, Mt. Etna, Taormina and all the beautiful places Sicily offers.

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