Homestay big bear lake, United States

44 reviews44

Help maintain a rustic Airbnb, and explore Big Bear!

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
High demand host
This host has received 5 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
25 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Connect with nature
23 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
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.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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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.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Get free drinks or beverages.
Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Language lessons
Take free language classes at our place.
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

Please help me with my Airbnb with getting it cleaned & organized for the guests. You will have plenty of time to explore and have fun in Southern California's hidden gem! I build a sense of community at "The Crib" with ambition and humor. The volunteer accommodations is directly behind the Airbnb and is 1,850 sq ft with 18 foot ceilings. Volunteers will be welcomed to the space with a variety of amenities.

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  • Beginner English
  • Between 18 and 65 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
2 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

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44 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

26 Meeting international travelers

23 Get in touch with nature

23 Practicing English

16 Meeting locals

15 Immersing in the local culture

10 Learning about sustainability

United States


This was my first Worldpackers experience. I enjoyed my time here and met some cool people.

1 day ago



The experience was honestly great! It was my first world packers and I was glad I did it. I loved my time in Big Bear and LA. Derrick the host, is very accommodating and helpful. I feel you receive a lot in return for volunteering, the food and accommodation we received was great. The work was always explained to us and I found it easy to follow and our days off were always as said so I could plan in advance. He has bikes for us to use in Big Bear which was great as their is lovely trails. I felt safe in the area and got to meet lovely people. I would definitely recommend the home!

23 days ago

United States


This was my first volunteer stay. I am not here to bash hosts, as he was not bad. But many things he can improve on professionally. I want to leave my honest review so people are aware of what to expect when they come. I felt disrespected by the jokes made by the host. I suggest that there was more communication when issues evolved. If uncomfortable comments were made by him, I felt the host always saw it as a joke and disregarded our feelings on the matter. Aside from that i am grateful for the experience but much room for professional improvement.

about 2 months ago

Paradise replied

When Brianna contacted me for the exchange, I had my doubts it will work out but I still gave her a chance. Unfortunately, my instincts were correct. Brianna brought some drama from past toxic relationships, limited availability with her side jobs and passive aggressiveness towards me and other travelers. Nevertheless, I tried to make it work for being understanding and flexible. She's pleasant but is secretly judging you.

I truly believe laughter is the best medicine and a positive attitude is vital. With all the positive experiences she had during her stay, Brianna chose to broadcast the negatives through her eyes. I wish Brianna the best of luck with her personal healing and to try other coping methods besides using substances.



This was my first wp experience. the host and i didnt click at all, at the start it was fine but at some point i felt like he figured out i didnt like him and he started being rude to me. he also made me feel uncomfortable by making comments about my chest area and talking to the other girls about it. the work and what you get in exchange was good! you get to pick the food you want and have a curtain for your private space. the host gave me a no show review so i couldnt leave a review, whilst i was there the agreed upon time. text me if you want to know more (_lukajansen) bc of text limit.

2 months ago

Paradise replied

Luka asked me if she could stay longer at my properties. Since she did not show any improvements and was even argumentative when spoken to several times, I said no to her request.

Her review is retaliation for me not extending her stay.

Hopefully, she will look back on this experience several years from now when she matures and learn from it knowing she was in the wrong. I learned to ask more questions to make sure future travelers are the right fit and strive for a mutually beneficial exchange.



My experiences was good, I met kind volunteers, we work as a team, the place was amazing I enjoyed the snow, lying on the snow and seeing the sky, also do funny videos tktk with the girls . All the task was describe in a schedule, but it always change, there are some days he will add on extra task, he used to say jokes all the time. I share and learn from 2 girls about food, places to visit, and language, they help me when was difficult for me to understand some instruction. the place was organized as the host describe, if you don't remember something go to the videos is the answer.

4 months ago

Paradise replied

Maka shared her culture with us via her culinary skills. She really enjoyed gardening and made my front lawn look great once more. Projects and tasks do change based on weather, progress and other uncontrollable factors.

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