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Hostel San Diego, United States

5 reviews5

Center of Gaslamp Hostel looking for fun, upbeat team members

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Immerse yourself in the local culture
2 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
Expand your social consciousness
2 travelers felt they expanded their social consciousness working with this host
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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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.
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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 you like downtown life, a laid back atmosphere and want to be in a covid conscious atmosphere (meaning we take prevention seriously),then consider volunteering with us. We have a great group already but need a few more energetic and outgoing travelers for housekeeping and helping check in guests. The schedule rotates between day and early to mid evening shifts, but you'll still have plenty of time to explore San Diego.

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 21 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
3 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

In our community, you can talk to worldpackers who have already collaborated with this host and get your questions answered directly.

You can ask things like:

  • a) How was your experience with this host?
  • b) How was your day-to-day routine?
  • c) How much did you spend on this trip?

5 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

2 Immersing in the local culture

2 Developing social awareness

1 Meeting international travelers

1 Meeting locals

1 Practicing English

United States


Absolutely fantastic hostel and management and super cool staff. 10/10 this was my second volunteer experience and it surpassed all expectations. Work here you won’t regret it.

11 days ago

Maria replied

Eli has been a fun and helpful volunteer. He's always eager to be involved, he's helped us with some sound system issues, he's a magician and has entertained our guests and he's very outgoing and charming.



It was my first volunteering and I love the experience. Gaslamp Hostel has such a nice atmosphere. The host and staff are nice and you feel like home.

about 1 month ago

Maria replied

Thank you Andrine! You were a terrific addition to our team and i hope you enjoy your travels.

United States


Maria and Erin are great hosts and better leaders! They are flexible and fun but, most importantly take covid as seriously as we all should be right now. You’ll feel safe and empowered in your experience at Gaslamp hostel. I highly recommend if you’re looking to work-trade in San Diego!

about 2 months ago

Maria replied

Matt, we really appreciate your review and compliments. We're very happy to have you on our team.

United States


This is the hostel to volunteer at in San Diego. Management is top tier, flexible, and organized. The accommodations are more than enough and they will put any skills you have and want to use to work. Highly recommend staying and working here.

about 2 months ago

Maria replied

aww Ben! Thanks for the kind words and for you being so talented and willing to put all those skills to work! You're pretty awesome.

United States


Volunteering at Gaslamp Hostel was nothing less than perfect. Erin and Maria are so kind and understanding and truly care about their volunteers. Though it's a new hostel, they've been in the hostel business for years and know it in and out. This place was an incredible home for one month. It's clean, the amenities are awesome, and the people I met were incredible. Definitely an unforgettable experience here and I would recommend it to anyone.

3 months ago

Maria replied

Mila, thank you! We miss you around here and hope to see you again someday.

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This host usually answers to 90% of the messages
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This host usually writes back in 2 days
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