working at hostels while backpacking

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1. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am currently a 23 yr old American preparing to graduate from school in May 2005. Between the months of May to September I will be working at an English bar in Greece. Since I will already be in Europe, I figured I would travel around for a couple of months. I was hoping to visit Gemany, France, Spain, and Austria. I was hoping to finance my trip by working in hostels along the way. Does anyone know how to do this or how it works. Any help would be appreciated!

-Grace Dodier

2. Posted by flocke1986 (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi! I haven't done any similar thing yet, but check this homepage for the German Youth Hostel Association: (I suppose you will have to inquire by e-mail) . They have exchange programs which allow for example Canadians to work in a German hostel for a few months, but I don't know about US citizens.
However, if you want to be more flexible and decide spontaneously when to leave for the next destination, this will not be what you are searching for.... sorry :-)

3. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your help, I will check it out...maybe Americans can do it as well as Canadians. We will see!

4. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to be in Amsterdam try the Flying Pig Downtown Hostel. They offer rooms for those who work there instead of pay so it might help a little with your finances. They also have sister hostels in the city and outside so it might be worth a look.

Usually the deal is to give board to workers if they need it instead of paying them and as far as I know you get food aswell.

Happy travels


5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Grace,
I have an idea for working at a hostel in Interlaken (Switzerland). The hostel is called Balmers and it is run by Americans. To the best of my knowledge, there are Americans that volunteer to work there during the summers. I remember seeing a bunch of them when I stayed there. Here is the website: . Hope this helps.

Take care,


6. Posted by Dagel (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Working in hostels is quite a common thing, you can do it almost everywhere, although I think that it is not that easy in the german jugendherbergen.
But wherever you are, just ask if you could work there. Notice that in most cases they'd like to have you there for min. 1 week.

If you need accomodation for free check out , it works great!

7. Posted by Pochaco (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Once I went to a hostel in BArcelona, (don't remember the name, but it was near Picasso Museum).. anyway...At that time, they didn't have a cleaning lady and offered night free to anyone who wanted to clean the dishes of the breakfast.. It's the only place I have seen this..

Sorry,, maybe this is not very useful.. but you don't lose anything.. Maybe you can send your CV to several hostels... during high season.. they might need more people...