Surfers are generally a relaxed, friendly bunch, so when they put down roots and find themselves in a position to open a hostel they tend to welcome kindred spirits to help them out around the place. While the itinerant surfer helpers they once were get a free bed, usually food, and perhaps use of a board too, the hostel owners benefit from having someone keeping an eye on things while they hit the waves themselves.
Volunteer with a hostel in a tropical beach surfing paradise
The needs of this hostel in Mazatlan, Mexico, vary but if you have the requisite skills to ride out a zombie apocalypse – from giving CPR instruction to plumbing – there’s a place here for you, though cleaning is the main chore that needs doing. They also sometimes have a position for someone willing to cook international meals in the evening, and would welcome a volunteer that can offer Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and surfing classes.
Piha Beach, Auckland. Help at a backpackers on a surf beach on New Zealand’s west coast
There’s no food offered with this work exchange, just accommodation, but if you desire to live somewhere remote for a couple of weeks this could be the gig for you. Work is for three hours a day with tasks including helping with guest arrivals, answering the phone, general housekeeping, gardening and other odd jobs.
Volunteer in el Palmar Spain, right on the one of Europe’s best surf beaches
The Beach House is a four bedroom hostel to the south of Andalucia, just across the road from some of the best waves on the Atlantic European coast. Help out around the hostel, or with their young son, and they may have a place for you.
Image courtesy Daniel Ramirez