Hostel San Diego, United States

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Sustainably Ours, Sustainably Yours!

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 18 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
96 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Practice English
58 travelers recommend this host to practice English
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.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
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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.
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.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
You can use our surfboards as much as you want.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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6 days

The Experience

We support a sustainable community of local San Diego business owners. The work location is 10 minutes drive from our famous Hostel @TheHostelCalifornia where you will be staying with other International Guests. The main job as "handyman" will be to help our "Refurbished Goods" warehouse keep tidy, can include painting, scraping, sanding, cleaning up overgrown brush, and to help organizing. Also may be opportunities to help Reclaim furniture.

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  • Between 18 and 39 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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119 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 96 Meeting international travelers
  • 58 Practicing English
  • 58 Immersing in the local culture
  • 47 Practicing Spanish
  • 46 Meeting locals
  • 29 Developing social awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

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



Very welcoming environment, not too spacious, but this, which initially I thought would be its weak point, instead turned out to be its strong point, because it made coexistence very intimate and created a sort of family bond between the guests in the hostel. Andy is very helpful and kind and the location of the hostel is excellent for reaching every point of San Diego, especially thanks to the many transport connections close to it. I hope to be able to return one day.

15 days ago

Andy replied

Thank you for your exchange with us at THC @TheHostelCalifornia stay connected and enjoy all your travels!!

United States


Very easy job! The host was very accommodating and everyone there was super friendly. Great place to stay if you don't want to do too much work while still having a place to sleep with a cool community.

29 days ago

Andy replied

Thank you for your exchange with us! Stay connected on Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia

United States


My experience here was amazing! I was able to explore around San Diego all while doing my daily duties of cleaning the kitchen and whatever else was needed in the hostel. I met some lifelong friends while living here and we are still keeping in touch after I have left. Everyone was very sweet and if you ever need anything, you can ask Andy and he will help you out. Thank you so much for such a great experience and can't wait to come back(:

about 1 month ago

Andy replied

Thank you for your kind words! It gives me joy as a host to enable home living for guests and volunteers to experience San Diego local neighborhood living, especially among a fun international community.

Welcome back soon!

United States


Awesome place! Really easy to meet tons of people to hang out with. I think I was only alone when I was in the bathroom. SO many great beaches to surf and watch sunset. the hostel has every amenity you will need. Really a fun atmosphere, very international, you will make life long friends

about 2 months ago

Andy replied

Great volunteer we appreciate all your help and positive energy! Stay connected with us on Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia



The hostel was a very nice experience. You are very close to all the other volunteers but also the other guests. In evening there is often a campfire or a little get together. Also your work is very relaxed. You're supposed to wash some dishes, keep everything today or help with laundry. Also since I was responsible for social media, I could some rule my own day, which was a great opportunity to get to know San Diego Very recommendable experience !

about 2 months ago

Andy replied

Great content! Your content will be turned into reels and stories to help promote our Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia

We appreciate! For future volunteers reading this, the idea is to mash-up 15-30 second clips of your experiences around the hostel, around the neighborhood, and around all the amazing natural and cultural sites of San Diego!

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