Hostel San Diego, United States

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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 14 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
75 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Immerse yourself in the local culture
45 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.
Party Promoter
Help organise and promote parties and social activities.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
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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.
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.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Get free drinks or beverages.
Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Surf lessons
Take free surf classes at the local beaches.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
You can use our surfboards as much as you want.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
7 days
Stay up to
4 weeks

The Experience

Looking to host traveling "digital nomads" with a focus on Travel Blogging and Instagram Content creation. San Diego is Always Sunny, a beautiful scenic city with cliffs, sea lions and tidal pools at our many beaches. Many activities, museums, Balboa Park, downtown Gaslamp, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Coronado and of course Wednesday in Ocean Beach at our weekly drum circle.

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  • Under 29 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or partners)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 75 Meeting international travelers
  • 45 Immersing in the local culture
  • 43 Practicing English
  • 35 Practicing Spanish
  • 34 Meeting locals
  • 21 Developing social awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 7 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 6 3. Good health and well-being
  • 3 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure



Many thanks to andy for this stay in his hostel in San Diego. Helpful, understanding and warm. I was able to quickly find my feet in his hostel. I recommend this hostel if you want to volunteer in San Diego!!!!

11 days ago

Andy replied

Great content @thehostelcalifornia great acting in our Instagram videos! :) we appreciate your help here in San Diego! Enjoy all your travels!!



Since my first text with the host I knew my experience would be fantastic. I spent 3 weeks in this incredible community hostel, met a lot of international travelers and had time to visit the city! Andy is one of the most welcoming and friendly host I've ever met!! If you want to go on an adventure of lifetime, make friends for life and be in a chill/cosy house, it's the place to be!!! I recommend this place for sure!! :)

15 days ago

Andy replied

Amazing content! All should check our latest posts and stories on Insta @TheHostelCalifornia

Thank you again for your content production and editing! We wish you the best in all your travels!!



This was my first experience at Worldpackers and I couldn't have found a better place! Andy built a very special place that has an energy that makes it unique in the world. I was able to meet so many wonderful people with super interesting stories that made me admire them, completely changing my point of view about the world. the hostel is filled with ever-changing art everywhere you look making it a living museum. Thanks for everything Andy, I really felt at home and I look forward to returning in the future!

21 days ago

Andy replied

On Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia during your stay we hosted a record number of guests from different countries , 16 different passports, all living together in our special Hillcrest Hostel!

I sincerely appreciate your words, it gives me great pleasure to offer a memorable space in time for all world cultures to mix and enjoy life in San Diego as a local.



I had such an incredible time at the hostel, Andy is so nice and i get to know so many peoples from so many different countries. I enjoy the vibe. The working schedule is flexible and not heavy. I have nothing to complain, thank you Andy for host me, best wishes for you and everyone.

29 days ago

Andy replied

See @TheHostelCalifornia on Insta, thank you for your content here and being such a sweet person and adding to our great vibes in San Diego! Hope to see you back here in the future!

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Awesome experience! Would definitely come back

about 2 months ago

Andy replied

We are the cheapest Hostel in San Diego starting at $25 per day for a bed in our shared mixed bunk-bed room. VanLife guests join our community at $15 per night with free street parking ; we also offer sleeping arrangements on our CouchPoints and a few private Cabins too on property.

Many of our volunteers become longer term guests after our exchange, we welcome you to Always Sunny San Diego! Follow on Insta @TheHostelCalifornia

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