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1. Posted by buscando (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

I was just wondering if you could work at a hostel,like, lets say you were to clean up around the place, or wash the dishes, maybe do the laundry in turn for your bed and perhaps your food as well. I know it will definately differ from place to place hostel to hostel and owner to owner, but in the overall picture is this feasible?

And concerning luggage you are carrying on your trip: can you possibly leave it at the nearest Eurail train station by paying a small fee at the lockers there and then going out to explore for the day or what not! I don't know where I've seen it-maybe on a classic movie or who knows- but I saw some guy utilize those lockers in the train stations to leave his stuff there and walk away! I know my reference is from a movie( not really a strong case) but the lockers do exsist and ,well, they're there for being used, right? Any responses would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks yall! buscando

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

It differs all over the world, but at least in Australia/New Zealand it's quite common to do cleaning in a hostel (going through all rooms to vacuum, empty the trash, and/or change sheets on the beds, and/or make the beds) for 2-3 hours per day in exchange for your bed for the night. Usually they want you to commit to doing this for some minimum amount of time (say 2-3 weeks minimum, ideally more), and there's many backpackers who'll know that this is a good way to stretch their money, so you have to be lucky to actually find a hostel in need of such cleaning at the point in time when you arrive. (If you already know in advance that you'll want to stay for a longer timeperiod, it may pay off to call in advance and inquire if they'll need someone.)
I assume this is the same in Europe, but have no personal experience.

Locker rental does indeed exist at many big train stations, although personally I consider them to be horrendously overpriced, and I don't know if any would hold a big backpack.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Buscando:)

Hostels usually wont give jobs to guests, in return for food and a bed. Not in Europe anyway. They usually have permanent staff. But it would be worth asking, just in case.
There are however places where u could volunteer, in return for accomodation and food. I was only in one. It was an organic farm, in the South of Ireland. I found it through an agency in Dublin. I think if u are interested in doing volunteer work, u can find information on the internet, or maybe somebody here on TP has more information than I do.

U can also join that site, where u can sleep in other travellers houses for free, in return for letting others sleep in yours, when they are in your town. I think somebody here can also provide the link for that. I think it is called couchsurfers.com or something like that.

U can leave your luggage in a locker at most train stations in Europe for a price.
If u stayed in a hostel, the night before or are about to stay in one the comming night, they will usually let u leave your luggage there.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 7, 2007, at 2:50 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

I was just wondering if you could work at a hostel,like, lets say you were to clean up around the place, or wash the dishes, maybe do the laundry in turn for your bed and perhaps your food as well. I know it will definately differ from place to place hostel to hostel and owner to owner, but in the overall picture is this feasible?

Hi,

I've recently stayed in this hostel in Edinburgh city where the cleaners and reception helpers commit around 2 hours a day to get their accommodation. It has about 150 beds and only the head reception and night porter gets paid. The hostel is amazingly clean and great. There were a mix of Spanish, Australians and New Zealanders some have been around quite a while. Meanwhile most of them hold another job outside the hostel to earn a living :)

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

As far as I know each hostel has it's own rule.

6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Lots of hostals in oz allow you to work for accomodation, and food if they have a resturant. Also lots of places in South america do it too, I was working in Quito for 3 months, is a great way to extend your holiday!

I was working in reception/bar for 4 hours a night.

7. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Hunt out the smaller hostels if you're keen on working for your bed - larger ones will have permanent staff employed to do a thorough job lol. Like has been said already, this is a common occurance in Aussie/NZ. From personal experience I can also tell you this worked for me in a couple of what I like to call the "friendlier" States of the USA, namely Wyoming and Montana. So I guess it doesn't hurt to ask, no matter where you are!! Just make sure you have a back-up plan for those times when you can't work for your lodgings and need to pay for your bed ;)