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Hostel San Diego, United States

65 reviews65

Sustainably Ours, Sustainably Yours!

High demand host
This host has received 19 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
45 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Immerse yourself in the local culture
30 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
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.
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.
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.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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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
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
6 days

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5 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

44 Meeting international travelers

29 Immersing in the local culture

23 Practicing English

22 Meeting locals

15 Practicing Spanish

15 Developing social awareness

United States


This hostel is very chill and everyone there was so friendly, host included! the work is simple and the flexibility is really nice, but there's no real schedule so just make sure to be proactive!

about 20 hours ago

Andy replied

Thank you so much for your exchange with us at The Hostel California, THC in San Diego on Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia maybe see you again really great exchange we appreciate!



Great host! super nice and chill. you dont really have workhours, just as soon as you see something to clean up you can do it (like dishes or toilets or cleaning floor) but host doesnt ask for much! the hostel is kind off like a house so its really cozy. everyone here was super nice and social and i enjoyed it alot!

about 20 hours ago



My time at the hostel were so fun! the hostel has a chill atmosphere and all of the people there are very welcoming, always spending time together and cooking for each other. The tasks are simple and Andi is a great host. Had a blast and recommended it to anyone who'd like to experience San Diego in a cool energy!

1 day ago

Andy replied

Thank you so much for you review! You were amazing too :) Enjoy all your travels and follow along our Hostel adventures Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia



As my first worldpackers experience in the US, i didn't really have any expectations when arriving at the hostel except meeting nice international people. And that's exactly what I got. Felt welcomed the first seconds I set foot in the hostel. Would recommend this beautiful experience with beautiful people to anyone who wants a taste of a social hostel life in San Diego :)

24 days ago

Andy replied

Thank you so much for adding a French flavour to our International Hostel ;) During your stay we hosted guests from Germany, Austria, England, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Moldova, Romania and Italy.. and France of course :)



Today I completes 1 month as a volunteer at the hostel and it couldn't have been better! the hostel is amazing with several common areas, well equipped kitchen and exudes art and good vibes! the hostel is well located and with several tourist attractions close by... the tasks are simple and super easy to get into the rhythm. I met incredible people that I will carry forever in my heart! Special THANKS to Andy, sweet and super friendly. Thanks for the opportunity to volunteer in San Diego ❤️

25 days ago

Andy replied

So nice hosting you at The Hostel California, THC :) Thanks for helping out our special house and please keep making nice content for our Instagram @TheHostelCalifornia while you enjoy San Diego :)

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Hosted by Andy

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4 published videos
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