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What you offer

Hours per day

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

Painting & Decorating

Help to maintain the appearance inside and outside the building.


Help with a wide range of repairs.


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

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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

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


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


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 Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Free Parties

Party on! Get free parties and party all night long.

Bikes at your disposal

Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.


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

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The Experience

Come and help us paint and renovate some of our rooms and common areas, some experience is a must! As you get 3 days off you can enjoy our beautiful surroundings and still get to enjoy some snow in the mountains!

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  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish

  • 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
Stay up to
4 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

30 Reviews

Host & Staff

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Learning & Fun


This was my first experience as a Worldpacker, and it was incredible! The city is astonishing, the hostel is full of life (the vibe is awesome), the SUPERcrew couldn't be better, friendly and ready for whatever you want, like hiking, running, party (they are the best party people). The working part is really more than fair, 3 days off each week. Working in the tents was really nice, with all the alps around, extremely beautiful! Nightshift was just great, you could enjoy your day as much as you want and work at night. I'm really happy to say that the Balmers Hostel will be always in my heart!

5 months ago

Balmers replied

It was very nice to meet you Victor, thank you for all your hard work and always such positive attitude and big smile! You were a great asset to us and we really appreciated it! Thank you and hope to see you again!


Amazing!! my experiencie in Balmers was just perfect. Nicest people in the world, I just loved all the staff and the other volunteers. Thanks to Lara and everyone, definitely the best team ever.

6 months ago


The staff is like a big, multilingual family. The only problem was the communication between worldpacker and supervisor. The worldpacker's rooms are less than promised, very dirty, not easily lockable (not at all from inside) and no Wi-Fi reaches it. Our hours are great, but even though I was told I could be off if finished early, they say "there is always something to do", so some of the workers (tents) take advantage of worldpackers and throw work upon us to do less themselves. Schedule changes without notices and favouritism are common. I will apply all I learned at Balmers in my future.

6 months ago

Balmers replied

Thank you for your feedback, everyone is issued with a key to lock the apartment, and if it's not clean then it is the responsibility of the volunteers to keep clean. Only volunteers live there- You apply for specific jobs and times and the aim is to help the rest of the team out. If one has finished up something then there is always something else you can do to help. You get out what you put in as in most jobs in the world. If you spend time complaining and always questioning everything and creating bad atmosphere amangst the other staff then it doesn't make it easy to give back.


My first experience as a worldpacker, and it was awsome, thanks to all the staff, friends that i've made and the management of the hostel.

6 months ago


The slogan of the hostel is "I had great times at Balmers" and that is exactly what it was. If you're looking for a huge experience you'll find being a worldpacker there. Was my first experience and I stayed the maximum period of 3 months and I can say that was the best thing I did. Don't go believing that work is light, it's not. Especially in summer. But every second worth it! You're there to help, not just to have fun and make memories. Do not fall for this mistake! Help! Be a team! Feel the amazing energy of that place, it's awsome. I'm already missing the crew and the place a lot!

7 months ago
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About Balmers Hostel

Balmers staff 2015
  • Hosted by Balmers

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  • Response Rate: 80%
  • Response Time: 2 days

About the host

We are the first and oldest privately owned Hostel in Switzerland. Currently in our third generation of the Balmer family we are rich in history, culture and knowledge. The main hostel sleeps 200+ guests and we have a night club on site, restaurant in the summer and tonnes of facilities. In the summer months we open up our Tent Village for the more chilled guests, with pool, hot tub and outdoor bar.The Tent village sleeps another 100 guests.

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