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Hostel San Diego, United States

33 reviews33

Center of Gaslamp Hostel looking for fun, upbeat team members

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Connect with international travelers
24 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Immerse yourself in the local culture
19 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.
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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.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
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.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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

If your English is decent and you stay 4+ weeks we'll train you for reception, otherwise we'll be happy to have you on our housekeeping team. All staff, even reception do some housekeeping work. Volunteers can also lead activities. We're in the heart of downtown so there's always something going on around us and our volunteers often make lifelong friends.

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Additional Fee Required

We require staff to put down a $50 refundable cleaning deposit. It is refunded when staff leave their bunk and food storage in clean condition.


  • Intermediate English
  • Between 21 and 46 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
3 weeks

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33 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

24 Meeting international travelers

19 Immersing in the local culture

18 Practicing English

13 Meeting locals

9 Developing social awareness

3 Practicing Spanish



It was my first volunteer experience and it was awesome. I had the best summer ever over there! The staff are so friendly, they are kind and always up to do fun things. The place is a great place to live and it is well located so there’s always something to do around the hostel!

10 days ago



I arrived knowing little English, and I left not only learning a lot about the language but also about the culture of many countries and friends from all over the world. The housekeeping tasks are not difficult and are solved among the team, the facilities are very clean, the location is excellent, the schedules are respected, the staff is super friendly, at no time I felt alone, it is a very nice environment to work and to live :) It was my first experience and I recommend it 100%

21 days ago



My time at the Gaslamp Hostel was incredible and definitely one of my best times in my life! From the beginning on I felt like home and really warm welcomed. The assistant manager, Meg, introduced me to everyone on the first day and took care of me. Since all the staff member are living in the hostel, you are creating a really strong bond with everyone real quick. The working hours are definitely respected. If you work at the reception you should be prepared to work overnight shifts as well. I can just recommend this place to everyone. It’s a really special place!

22 days ago

United States


This was perfect for my first work exchange! The hostel itself is so beautiful, the rooms are comfortable, everything is clean, and they have great amenities and events for the guests. The rest of the staff and management were superb; helpful, organized, and friendly. They go a long way to make the staffs and guests have a great time while they stay here. Highly recommend and will really miss my time here!

23 days ago

Hong Kong (Sar)


Working at Gaslamp Hostel was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. I've made friends with staff members and guests from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. The hostel also made a point to create a social environment, hosting a bunch of events so it's never boring around. The location is great, easy access to supermarkets, restaurants, bars and remarkable sunset spots, walking distance to really everything you need. Work hours are respected and everyone is super welcoming. There's always someone around the corner to help when I had questions.
100% would recommend this experience!

about 1 month ago

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