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What you offer

Hours per week

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

Party Promoter

Help to promote parties and social activities.


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


Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.


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

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


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

Free Laundry

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

Free Pub Crawls

Be ready to have fun! Get free pub crawl passes.


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

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The Experience

Hours would be fluid & it depends on days events & our cleaning needs. Volunteer would work part time leading activities such as ping pong & pool tournaments as well as leading guests on pub crawls etc. Hours would usually be in Evenings, around 8-9 pm. Position would also do some cleaning of the bathroom/kitchen/common areas, either in the late evenings or early mornings. They may also substitute for the housekeeper or front desk on days off.

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  • Intermediate English or Fluent English

  • Between 18 and 30 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
4 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

17 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


This is a wonderful place! the hostel is right in the center, close to all the places that you can visit. The city is beautiful and you will be able to know many things. Nancy, Amy, James, and all the folks at the hostel are good people. And if you come you must to taste Nancy's brownies, they are the best in the world! The work in the hostel is not heavy, you can work and have fun after your work hours, they always comply with the agreed and if you have any problems you can talk directly with them. It was definitely the best experience I've had and I hope to one day be able to return.

about 1 month ago


The overall experience at Hostel on 3rd was a good one. I miss the friends I made while I was there, the volunteer staff was like a little family far away from home. Nancy, Amy, and James made sure I felt comfortable. As mentioned in previous reviews, the one thing that could be improved is the miscommunication between regular staff and volunteers, sometimes things can be confusing. The volunteer work hours are not bad and they are flexible if you need day offs, but you need to communicate in advance. I recommend this experience :)

about 1 month ago

United States

The staff made me feel very welcome right when I got here. The owners are so nice and even threw me a surprise birthday party! They are very flexible with scheduling. This allows you to be able to see as much of the city as you can while you are here. There's a little bit of miscommunication among staff but other than that I've had a good experience here!

about 1 month ago


Hostel on 3rd was a good place to stay at. It is in a good location in San Diego downtown and everything is very accessible from there. The rooms are okay, pretty much what you would expect from a Hostel, although it can sometimes be a bit dirty. James, Amy, Nancy and all the other staff are super nice and will help you out wherever they can. And since the hostel usually has a lot of volunteers, you won't have a problem meeting new people either. Overall I'd say it was definitely a good experience, and San Diego has a lot to offer.

about 1 month ago


Good location, the work hours are good and flexible and smoking and drinking it´s allowed in the hostel. I'm grateful for the experience because I learned a lot about the culture and they made me a birthday dinner but they are very cheap people in every way, THERE ARE COCKROACHES EVERYWHERE, the communication it's terrible, James doesn't know about social interactions and Chris it's a very stressful person you have to do only how he likes it, you cannot think by yourself plus they will put you in uncomfortable situations with guest because they like money and if they can get it they will.

3 months ago
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About Hostel On 3rd

Worldpackers 1
  • Hosted by James Jr.

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  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: Less than a day

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Because we have a family and relaxed atmosphere, and folks get along well with each other. We have a convenient location, public transportation is efficient, one can walk around town easily and take public transportation system efficiently, etc.

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