Hotel Bongo

Hello workawayers!

We are Rhianna and Mila, and together we run our hotel. Like you, we traveled and volunteered on Workaway and actually started as volunteers here. Unsurprisingly, we became obsessed with the incredible community and nature surrounding us and were lucky enough to stay onboard. We now call this place our home!

This is a unique hotel nestled at the edge of the jungle between the cities of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Visiting the hotel is a wonderful opportunity, especially for those who want to see a little piece of everything Costa Rica offers. Volunteers are guaranteed to see monkeys, enjoy stunning hikes to secluded beaches, and join in on our games nights!

We are a popular hotel and take pride in the service that we provide to guests from all around the world. During the high season especially, we often find ourselves fully booked. There is no shortage of tasks! That being said, there is always time for fun and we encourage volunteers to share their talents and ideas with us. If you’re interested in doing something special, we want to hear about it! Typical volunteer tasks include housekeeping, reception, laundry, painting, and gardening.

Volunteers are asked to work 5 days a week. Each shift is 5 hours a day or 6 hours a day with a 1-hour break (5 hours actively working). You will have 2 days off a week in a row. Days off generally stay the same week to week. We ask for a minimum stay of 4 weeks. Volunteer priority is given to those who can commit for longer periods of time.

Your perks as a volunteer include vegetarian food, dorm-style accommodation with comfy mattresses and linens (private rooms available for couples), full use of the pool open 24/7, on-site laundry, discounts on tours when possible and the beauty of the Costa Rican jungle! You will have more than enough food for 3 meals a day, however, if you would like something special like cheese or meat, you will need to purchase this yourself.

Please note that we have both reception shifts and housekeeping shifts. Due to the clients that we work with, it is required that you have a proficient level of English to work in the reception. If you speak additional languages such as German or French, this is also beneficial. We will still consider your application if you are learning English and offer you an environment to develop your language skills, however, your shifts may be limited to housekeeping and general maintenance tasks..

The property is non-smoking and non-vaping.

If this sounds like a good fit, please tell us a bit about yourself and your skills. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pura Vida!

Each dorm accommodates 2 to 5 people. We have limited private rooms for couples. Towels and bedding are provided with machine laundry on-site. There is a shared kitchen for all volunteers. We provide plenty of vegetarian food to be prepared. Any other specialties such as meat will need to be purchased by yourself in town. Volunteers share their workplace and the community with local Tico people. You can learn/practice your Spanish and seek to understand more about local ways of living. We hope volunteers can create a warm and welcoming space for all. In your free time, there are tons of things to do and see! The bus to Manuel Antonio is only 10 minutes and there you’ll find popular beaches, restaurants, and the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Right outside our property are networks of hiking trails to Playa Matcha and other destinations. Quepos is also a short bus or walk to get any additional groceries/goodies you may want.


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I had a really great time in Hotel Bongo, Adrian (the manager) is lovely and helpful if you need any sort of help, I really enjoyed my time there and I met a lot of new friends 😁

1 dia atrás



I had a great time at Bongo. The work is easy and fair. I met a lot of other travelers and we had so much fun.

3 dias atrás



I recommend volunteering at the Hotel Bongo. The working hours were well respected and I could connect with a lot of travelers from different countries. :) You can also see a lot of nature und animals at and around the property. I would definitely recommend the experience since I really felt at home and had a lot of memorable experiences.

7 dias atrás



The experience at Hotel BongO was truly unforgettable. We had our own little house and bathroom and the entire property is surrounded by nature. Every day we saw lots of iguanas, parrots, and monkeys. I met so many amazing travelers and the community felt very comfortable and familiar. Work was easy to learn and the working hours were well respected. On our days of we could explore the astonishing nature and take a lot of trips with the other volunteers. All in all I felt really comfortable and think that this is definitely one of the best opportunities on Woldpackers :))

8 dias atrás

Estados Unidos


I loved my time here at Bongo. The amount of wildlife I saw just at the hotel was amazing and it is within walking distance to a beach and the town. The tasks are well detailed and easy to do, and the hours agreed upon are always respected. The manager Adrian is also very easy to communicate with and was kind enough to adjust my schedule when requested with enough time. Bongo was like a home away from home for me and I’ll miss being a part of the community here! <3

10 dias atrás

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