Volunteering in hostels is the best way to start living abroad

We want to share this experience with you and we hope that we can encourage and inspire you to see that there are plenty of opportunities to discover this world!

When we decided that we want to live in Lisbon, we were thinking about the best option to start living there. 

Just renting an apartment and immediately searching for a job was just too much for the start. So I started to search for volunteering jobs at Worldpackers where you can find many opportunities in hostels around the world. 

You can choose between different offers, different places, different kind of volunteering, and you get contacts where you can apply for volunteering experience. And I was happy to get a volunteering position in one of the 10 best hostels in the world: Destination Hostels.

Of course, when I knocked on the door of the hostel, I didn’t know what to expect, what I really will have to do, not even where I was going to sleep. 

And yes, it can be scary, because you don’t know what it is going happen. But already in one day I felt there as at home. The Hostel staff and other volunteers were so helpful, warm-hearted, kind, that there was no problem to build my second family.

In Destination Hostels, each volunteer has to work 20 hours in a week (4 hours per day, 2 days off every week), which is split into different tasks: 

  • Helping with breakfast (making pancakes, organizing and cleaning tables)
  • Making beds
  • Doing pickups for tourists
  • Helping with the dinner

For this exchange of 20 hours, every volunteer gets:

  • Free accommodation (in a room reserved for volunteers)
  • Free breakfast
  • Discounts on dinner, drinks, tours and many other things

Free accommodation is important of course, it helps you a lot with saving money, but we could say that even more is important getting involved in local community and creating your own circle of culturally mixed friends that can over time become your second family. 

As a volunteer you spend a lot of time cooking together, discovering the city, and of course party together. 

By living together you can get really close to each other which gives you feeling of being at home.

Volunteering abroad can give you an amazing opportunity to see the world because you can easily get a new place to live. And if you want to start living abroad, this is one of the best ways to start living in other country or city as you save money, build a circle of new friends, and get an amazing life experience!


Dec 03, 2018

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