A Week in Amsterdam – Hostel Jobs in Amsterdam

A Week in Amsterdam – Hostel Jobs in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has more museums per square metre than any other city in the world. Combine this with an acclaimed club culture and a large but walkable historic centre and there are plenty of reasons for tourists to visit the city.

They have even managed to turn their red light district – an area that would be avoided in most other cities – into a tourist attraction.

Though it remains to be seen how changes to Amsterdam’s famous liberal drug policy will affect young visitor numbers, Amsterdam is sure to remain a backpacker favourite and a place where many visitors resolve to stay longer than they originally intended.

Paid and volunteer hostel jobs in Amsterdam

One way this can be done is to find work at one of the city’s hostels. Both paid and unpaid jobs can be found. Though Dutch isn’t usually required a second language is a big asset when you are going to be dealing with customers from around the world. EU passports are a requirement for advertised jobs, particularly visible ones on reception or tending the bar, but other travellers can still be lucky and get a free bed and food for doing a few hours cleaning or other jobs.

Handypeople are taken on for maintenance roles – a job that is often as in demand in the off season as it is in the summer – and hostels near the station are known to employ runners to meet arriving train travellers.

Though we have found a handful of hostels that advertise for staff on their websites (see below) most jobs in this field will be found by footpadding it around and knocking on doors or being a recognised face in the place you are already staying.

Posting on a forum, a traveller called Kololo gave his advice for finding work at the Flying Pig Hostel: “I was offered a job just because I stayed there for so long (a week and a half, maybe?) and hung out with some of the staff, occasionally.”

Another forum poster, also staying at the Flying Pig, noted that as she was registering “this young-ish traveler simply asked for a job. They sat him down at the table next to mine and interviewed him. It was all pretty much ‘where have you traveled?’, ‘how long are you staying?’ fare. In the end he seemed like a nice enough guy, so they gave him a job.”

Amsterdam Hostels that advertise for staff on their website:

St Christopher’s Inns
The Amsterdam hostel, St Christopher’s at the Winston, was the first of ten St Christopher’s hostels opened around Europe. Along with the normal paid vacancies expected to keep a busy hostel running, they offer a free night’s accommodation for travel, backpacking and hostel stories. The same group also employ bar staff for the branded, English style pubs attached to each hostel.

The Flying Pig
Two hostels, one uptown, one downtown, that always welcome passing travellers with EU passports or ancestry to help with tasks such as cleaning, breakfast, maintenance and more. Aussies and Kiwis with valid working holiday visas are also accepted.

Lucky Lake Hostel
This hostel made up of dorms, caravans and cabins is open during the summer only. Applicants must have an EU passport or appropriate work visa and preferably should be able to work the whole season from the end of March to mid September

Shelter Hotels
Two Christian hotels that offer free accommodation in exchange for four hours of cleaning and laundry per day. Volunteers can stay for up to 28 days.

Dutch speakers can also try Stayokay and Hotel V.

Image courtesy of Apokolokyntosis

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Suzy

    After college I looked into these sorts of jobs in Europe, but you really do need to be an EU citizen unless you are already in Europe and can convince someone to hire you despite what your passport says. Working in a hostel in Amsterdam would certainly be fun!

    1. It is certainly far more difficult for non EU travellers. Under the table jobs are possible but only if arranged on the spot.

  2. Ruben

    My name is Ruben, I have 26 years and I’m from Barcelona. I love Amsterdam and the Dutch, in principle this is for a season, but would have no objection to stay forever. This would be a great opportunity and a great experience course. I am hard working, polite and responsible, I consider myself a very happy person and because of that I have no problem to relate to anyone. I wonder if they have a vacancy available for this month or next. Thank you very much.

    Rubén Medrano

  3. harry

    hi there my name is harry i currently live in Scotland (Britan) and i am currently looking for a job overseas in amsterdam and thats when i seen your page. I was in amsterdam last week and i loved it, i have 2 friends that live beside the Amsterdam intornational airport where i stayed with them all last week and they said why dont you look for a job over here so i did.

    would be much help if you gave me a chance to prove my self i will also attach my cv to you as well many thanks harry:)

    1. The Working Traveller

      Hi Harry, there’s no point sending us your CV as there is nothing we can do with it. Instead, follow the links I’ve given in this post and there should (this article is now 2 years old and things might have changed) be instructions on the websites of the hostels on how to apply. The best way to get these type of jobs is by being on the ground and asking around, so having two friends that can put you up for a while is a massive bonus. Good luck.

  4. Christopher Bolton

    Looking to move over to Amsterdam but need some work and somewhere to live

  5. hadi

    dear manager of the hostel,
    I am Hadi(male)from Iran traveling to Netherlands for about 3 months.i am 36 years old and work for a bank.my education is MA in business management. I have 10 years working experience in bank.
    for saving money i work when i am on a trip. i have Strong work ethic, Dependable, Positive attitude and self-motivated. you can see my page on https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/hadimir
    is it possible to work in your hostel in exchange of staying there?
    whats your conditions?how many hour should i work per day?its paid or unpaid?
    best regards.Hadi

  6. Victoria

    Hi I am a South African and have come to Europe with a visa. Where would I be able to volunteer for a month or so?
    Many thanks!

  7. Stavros Tselios

    Hi, my Name is Stavros! Im Greek and living in Munich since about 20 years! I just need a change and Holland is my favorite country!
    So..my idea is, asking you for a job! I am a very good allround helper, I kann work as a Dischwasher, and do whatever to support all other workingpositions! I also speak spanish, german and of course english and greek..
    I would really like to learn Dutsch! So..
    give me Chance! I’m ready to go! I hope I see you soon!

  8. Zoe

    Hello.we are a couple and we would like to come in Amsterdam for work.we are interested for free accommodation in exchange of cleaning so we can explore your country.if you are interested please contact us

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