Hostel Jobs Worldwide: 347 Hostels & Guest Houses Open to Volunteer Work Exchanges – Part 2: North and South America, Australia and New Zealand

Last week we posted a big list of backpacker hostels and guesthouses where it may be possible to work for your keep. We had intended this to be one post only but Wordpress decided otherwise and we had to split it into two. In part one we listed hostel work exchanges in Europe, Asia and Africa, while today’s list of work to stay possibilites can be discovered in North America, South America and Australia and New Zealand.

Backpacker hostel work exchange bar jobs


Festival Volunteer Work and Work Experience in Croatia

Applications for volunteering with Croatia’s Outlook Festival are now open. In return for helping out volunteers will receive a free festival ticket (normally £140), food tokens and four nights’ refunded camping.

Festival volunteering and work experience in Croatia with Outlook

Volunteering at festivals is a great way to party on a budget, make new friends, and gain valuable work experience. Roles include stewarding, artist liaison, box office, campsite patrol, litter picking, site crew, and décor. Volunteers work three six to eight hour shifts and need to be available between September 3 and 9.

Monday Photo: Hua Hin, Thailand

Train. Hua Hin, Thailand

Hostel Jobs Worldwide: 347 Hostels & Guest Houses Open to Volunteer Work Exchanges – Part 1: Europe, Asia and Africa

Working for your keep in a hostel is a good way of cutting down on expensive accommodation costs and circumventing local employment visa requirements. Though it can be a grey area many hostels are willing to provide unpaid work in countries where avenues for paid employment are closed.

In return for cleaning, changing beds, laundry, working on reception and all the other small day to day chores involved in keeping a hostel ticking over, volunteer workers can expect in return at least a dorm bed in staff quarters. Free wifi, laundry and any service provided as standard to paying guests should also be expected.

Free Beer for Volunteering in Oregon

More than 80 different microbrewed beers will be poured this year between July 23 and 27 in Portland, Oregon. Some of those beers can be earned by volunteering to help make the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival a success.

Beer festival volunteer jobs in Portland, Oregon

Roles include serving, organising mugs, assisting with recycling, supervision or serving minors in the root beer garden. You must be 21 years of age to volunteer.  Along with beer tokens and a good time, volunteers will also receive a festival mug, water bottle, and a festival shirt.

More details can be found at

Image courtesy Paul Whitehouse.

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