Are you an Aspiring Chef or just love to cook? Be part of our team!

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The Exchange

Join our hostel volunteer team and help us have the best meals in town. You will be cooking for staff and guests and you will have to be in charge of our kitchen and our menus too. Depending on how fast you are, your day will be busy for about 5 to 8 hours. We will help you clean everything but if we are to full you will be in trouble... so careful with those portions!

What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Cooking: Prepare meals for guests.

What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

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

Dinner: Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Discounts on Parties: Party on! Get discounts and party all night long.

Discounts on Drinks: Drink up! Get discounts and order a few drinks.

Discounts on Tours: Don’t miss a thing! Get discounts and enjoy your free time.

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

Bikes at your disposal: Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.


Intermediate English or Fluent Portuguese

Over 23 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Expect free a free stay with 3 meals a day. A lot of work and some crazy parties too. You will have a bit of training to do with our pantry management, menu cost and portions to be served (10 portions up to 40 portions), the rest is all on you!

Activities & Shift

Your day starts with managing our breakfast (refill it and clean the kitchen after so that your meal preparation for the evening goes smoothly). Relax...start thinking about the menu for the next 3 or 4 days, checking for ingredients at our pantry and we will do the shopping for you.
Relax some more...then start prepping dinner (some days for 10 people some other days for 40) around 6 p.m. so that its ready by 8 p.m. (depends on the menu and number of guests...), serving dinner is next and cleaning too. Done!
Two days off!


You have to be a very clean person!
You have to be able to cook vegetarian meals too!
Put a lot of love in your cooking and you will be loved back too!