Balarm Hostel

We offer a unique experience in the hospitality sector in a young and motivated team in beautiful Sicily (Palermo). We offer free accommodation and meals or money for food. Looking forward to meeting you!

The volunteers will work five days/week, five hours/day; will sleep all togheter in the staff rooms (with external bathroom and shower); will receive their meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) or money to buy it. They can use the hostel fully equipped kitchen and have free wi-fi connection everywhere.


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Overall, the experience was good because of the people I met. Thilanka and Hashan were super nice. Thilanka was always there to help and be your friend. Unfortunately, there was a bed bug infestation that didn't go away the entire month (see reviews on Hostelworld & It was also in one of the beds in the volunteer room and still there after I left. The owner was really disrespectful over text (was in Germany during). He wouldn't address the problem properly and would deny having bed bugs to guests (multiple guests say they emailed beforehand). Good location as it’s near the train.

15 dias atrás

Balarm Hostel respondeu

Dear Madison
thanks to stay at Balarm hostel and help voluntering in our team, anyway you was voluntering not working so your time should to be spended to work 5 hours not to gave medical diagnosis to the guests or talk versus the owner decision (that have 15 years of experiences in the hostel managing); bed bugs problems are unfortunately commons in the hostels (in all the world) and we do all the possible to solve it as soon as possible , company disinfected the rooms after fews days (they are not available in 24h as you maybe think) and staff room was steamed solving the problem the same day, have a nice summer.



Estuve durante un mes en Balarm y el tiempo pasó volando. El trabajo era sencillo ( hacer camas, limpieza general , recepción y bar ) muy tranquilo.
Me sentí bien acogida y respetada por parte del staff (Thilanka , Lucia, Rita, Hashan ) Agradecida por esta experiencia tan positiva.
Además Palermo es una ciudad que te atrapa y siempre quiero volver.
Gracias al equipo por la oportunidad de colaborar juntos. Espero vernos en un futuro próximo! 🫶🏼

2 meses atrás



I stayed on Balarm hostel for 2 weeks and had a great time! I was recieved by Lucia, one of their employees, and became really good friends in short time as we are both from Argentina :) She explained to me all my tasks and was patient and gave me clear instructions as in to how to do my work correctly. Also, Thanks to Lu and Massimo for understanding I had to leave early for a personal matter and offered me the flexibility to make up for the time in my tasks. The only things that were a little off were that I didn’t know we had 2 shifts a day (5 hours total) but other than that, great place!

2 meses atrás

Nova Zelândia


Absolutely loved my time in Palermo, it’s a beautiful city to explore. The work is straightforward and the hours of work are good. Thilanka, Hashan and Massimo are wonderful to work with. I would completely recommend this experience

3 meses atrás



This was my first Worldpackers experience and I had a great time! Roster was created each week on Sunday 10pm for the following week and it was flexible- you could switch with other volunteers if you had plans. Shifts were 11am-1:30pm for housekeeping and then an evening bar shift or reception. Something I haven’t seen other reviews mention is that you are provided with 20 euros per week for grocery expenses which I didn’t expect. Overall very chill, I was here during a quieter time so there wasn’t a huge hostel atmosphere on most nights but I enjoyed the quiet time.

3 meses atrás

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