Help out at our quaint and historic hostel in the heart of downtown Charleston!

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The Exchange

Welcome to the South! Here you will fall in love with grits, sweet tea, and the NotSo Hostel. We're looking for someone who is committed to making our hostel the best it can be! We look for people who are positive and motivated during the morning work, and someone who wants to experience the unique culture of the south. We would love for someone to join the Notso Hostel family for a little while, and leave knowing they have a second home here!


20 hours of help per week

Housekeeping: Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

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

What you get

1 day off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: 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.


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

Program Details

We expect you to help with housework and cleaning after people have checked out each morning. We expect a good knowledge of english so you can answer questions for guests and communicate with our other staff members. You can expect at least one morning off a week, sometimes two. Most importantly, we expect you to have fun and enjoy the city while you're here! This means you will average about three hours of work per day and the rest of the day is up to you to explore our historic city!

Activities & Shift

You will arrive at 8:30am or 10am depending on the day and help with the turnover shift. This means making beds, sweeping, cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, and taking out the trashes. On average this shift should only be a few hours however if it is slow and your hours for the week are being far from met because of this, you may be asked to do additional projects around the hostel such as gardening or painting.