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Hostel Waterford, Ireland

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Help in a friendly hostel in the South of Ireland

High demand host
This host has received 6 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Immerse yourself in the local culture
A traveler recommended this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
Connect with nature
A traveler recommended this experience for reconnecting with nature
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
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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.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
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The Experience

**We are looking for helpers for the next 3 months ** We are a hostel and guesthouse in Waterford city in the sunny south-east of Ireland and we are looking for volunteers for the next 3 months starting immediately (we only take each individual volunteer for 1 month though) The work isn't difficult and you'll be sharing the experience with 2 to 4 other volunteers from all over the world.

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 19 years old
  • European Union Passport

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
6 weeks

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How this experience will transform you

1 Immersing in the local culture

1 Get in touch with nature

1 Meeting international travelers

1 Meeting locals



Everyone at Potree Hostel was welcoming and war! I had such a great time there and I would definitely recommend this experience.
The job was about cleaning rooms and tidy up where needed and the shifts were of four hours each, with some days off during the week.
Waterford is a small and nice city, full of pubs where one can have a taste of the local habits and next to a river which makes it picturesque.
You will enjoy your experience here!

about 1 month ago



You will absolutely love this place!

- Ciaran, Magda, Mario and Kristian who work at the hostel are the most friendly people on the world, I'm glad i met them on my road

- Probably you'll meet other volunteers from other countries because Portree Hostel is very active on Worldpackers and HelpX

- The job is easy, never more then 4 hours and don't worry if you don't know something, they will always help you with patience and love

- The city is awesome, a mix of history, nature and street art that make everything magic

I don't have anymore space to write so i will just say: Thank you very m

over 1 year ago



The moment I stepped in I felt welcome. Ciaran, Mario, Kristijan and Magda are truly wonderfull people. We were in total with 7 volunteers and had so much fun together. There was a lot to see around the area. The hostel itself is good and has everything you need. For the work, the hours are more than fair and it isn't hard at all, with a lot of free time. Ciaran thank you so much for the opportunity. I would love to come back!

over 1 year ago



I don’t have enough words to describe the time I spent in Portree. This was my first experience in Worldpackers and I it couldn’t have been better. Since I arrived I felt really at home. Ciaran, Magda, Kristian and Mario are always ready to help you in everything and do everything in order for you to have the best exprience ever.The work is very easy and fun.The time passes quickly . You have a lot of free time to explore everything arround. I was a part of a team with of 7 volunters and I can say I made friends for life. Thank you. I just wish I could stay longer. I already miss it

over 1 year ago



The experience was ok, I met a lot of people from different countries and I made a lot of real friends. I was in Portree for 2 weeks and the plan was stay there for almost 4 weeks, and then go to Galway to find a job and live there. But I got a job before and I told Ciaran that I would need to leave the hostel in 5 days to start my new job in Galway and he just said me: ok, you need to leave the hostel tomorrow. So, I needed to leave the hostel without a place to stay, without time to search for a place. So, that's it, in general, the experience was ok, but we are just numbers for him.

almost 2 years ago

Ciaran replied

I must dispute some of what you say.
You had said that you would be leaving in 3 or 4 days (not 5) in order to get settled in Galway, so you ended up leaving 2 days earlier than your request.

As was explained to you, we needed you to leave as we were closing in 2 weeks and needed to quickly find and train a replacement in order to solve the problem that you’d created.

We are very fair with all volunteers and understanding when situations arise unexpectedly, but in your case this wasn’t an unexpected situation. You knew that you were unlikely to stay until the end of the period but made promises that you would anyhow. When it suited you to leave you expected that we shouldn’t find a replacement but instead wait until the date you preferred, even though 2 other volunteers were already leaving that day.

In the end you had to pay for an alternative hostel for 2/ 3 nights and are angry about that. But the responsibility for what happened is entirely your own and your expectation that we shouldn’t try to resolve the problem you created is an unreasonable one.

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