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Hostel Edinburgh, United Kingdom

37 reviews37

Help maintain and upgrade our hostels in Edinburgh's Old Town

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 36 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
30 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Immerse yourself in the local culture
29 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.
Help with painting, graffiti, sculpting or drawing.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Painting & Decorating
Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.
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.
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.
Discounts on Parties
Get discounts at nearby parties and clubs.
Discounts on Pubs
Get discounts at nearby pubs.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Pub Crawls
Be a part of our pub crawls at local bars!
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’re looking for experienced people to come help maintain and upgrade our hostels in readiness for and throughout Spring / Summer 2023!! You could be painting dorm rooms and common areas, or if your skills and experience allow - assisting the hostel crews with various electrical, carpentry or plumbing tasks. In return, we can be flexible with your work pattern / daily hours, allowing you to maximize your time in our beautiful city.

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 18 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
3 weeks

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5 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

30 Meeting international travelers

29 Immersing in the local culture

20 Meeting locals

20 Practicing English

7 Developing social awareness

2 Creating true social impact



Our time at the hostel was beyond what we would ever expect. You are welcomed with open arms and treated as family right away. Jake and Kat make it easy for you to enjoy your time in Edinburgh whether that's enjoying the night life with live music and pub crawls or adventures through the highlands, no matter what you are looking for they will ensure your needs are met. The connections made at the hostel will last forever between guests, volunteers and locals. I'm so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to volunteer at this gem of a hostel. RMB has my heart forever.

11 days ago



This being my first ever Worldpackers experience, I did not know what to expect once I arrived at this hostel. Right from the start, I was greeted with open arms and could not recommend this place more (especially for first-timers). The atmosphere, encouraged by Jake and Kat, is very welcoming, creating a strong sense of family and a home away from home. The location is perfect and the daily tasks are very simple. This is definitely the highlight of my five month backpacking trip!

11 days ago



The five weeks I spent at the hostel were amazing! Everyone was really welcoming and I became part of this beautiful family. I was able to meet wonderful people and make friends for life. The hostel and the people became a home away from home for me. The work is really light and easy. Working hours are exactly like agreed before and sometimes even less. The location of the hostel is perfect to explore Edinburgh and its surroundings. So if you consider to volunteer at RMB - do it! I can 100% recommend it! I had a gorgeous time with all of you - thank you! (slay <3)

13 days ago



When arriving in Edinburgh, I had no idea I would be leaving with a whole new family. That is exactly how I felt after leaving the hostel. It was an incredible experience that I will carry with me for my life. You create deep friendships with the other volunteers, have fun and memorable nights out, spend hours sitting around chatting and in general have a very care free, fun time. You should believe all the reviews that say Kat and Jake are incredible, because they really do go above and beyond to make you feel at home, included and safe. So many memories, this place is so special!

about 1 month ago



My experience at RMB was great, I recommend it! I spent almost two months there. The hostel is really well located, the managers are welcoming, open-minded and flexible, Jake is an amazing guy. The tasks are simple and if you finish earlier you are free to go to explore the city. Fortunately for the next volunteer, there's will be another group of volunteers than the one I met, new ones, who really wants to share experience and include everyone.

about 2 months ago

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Hosted by Jake & Kat

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Response Time
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