We have been working with volunteers for more than two years now. We have our own special way to do it, and the main thing is cooperation, communication and happiness. How do i mean? We always make a plan for tasks and working hours together. We talk about it. We talk about the tasks even during the process. And we are all doing our best, if all of us are happy meanwhile the whole thing. We are an art hostel, so you can express yourself and learn a lot at the same time. We are also an off the road hostel, which means that our guests are mainly the cool guys who you actually want to meet during your travel experience. We are off the road because we are not on the beach, and we are not in the city. So you will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself in the nature. Hanging up laundry while watching the mountains, listening to the birds.
If you like all these, please be our volunteer!
we are based in San Mateo, in the heart of Gran Canaria, only 12 kms from the highest peak, called Pico de Las Nieves.
So, go on for the details:
1.Why this whole volunteering thing is good for you?
Because you can have a special experience living right in the nature, far from the cities. Because you can develop new skills and practice the ones you already have. Because you can learn about hostel industry. Because you will meet very cool people and you well have amazing conversations. Because you can have your morning coffee with an incredible view behind the tables :). Because you can enjoy yourself, learn new things and help out at the same time.
2. Where is the hostel located?
We are located in Vega de San Mateo, about 1,5km from the center of this little, lovely town. The hostel is by the road GC-15, and facing to the magical Valley of Mireles. We have a small garden and a bigger land with caves and old eucalipt trees.
For proper description about how to get here please read this site:
3. Where does the volunteers sleep?
At the moment we don’t have a separated room for the volunteers, so they will stay in a dorm bed in an 8 bed dorm. The bathroom is also shared with the other guests. You will have lockers to have your personal things in a safe place.
4. How does the schedule look like?
We are expecting you to stay with us for at least four weeks.
We agree together about timing. We can do shifts: morning (8am-3pm) and afternoon (3pm-10pm) shifts. Or we can just arrange days of being busy at the hostel, and days when you can be totally free. Sometimes guests arrive later but doesn’t happen often, also sometimes they want to have breakfast around 8am, so you need to start bit earlier. Cleaning is in the morning, starting from 9am, it takes maybe 3-4 hours to clean all the rooms and the garden area, do the laundry, etc…
Volunteers always have at least two days off (often more) so there is a chance to go and see other parts of the island. We do the schedule together for the following weeks, so all of our working hour requests can be planned together.
5. What kind of tasks are need to be done by the volunteers?
– checking in and out, payments part as well
– be around the guests, talk to them and find out their needs
– organize activities and in general be involved in the daily life of the hostel
– gardening (basic or advanced :))
– doing laundry
– cooking, or make breakfast (basic or advanced :))
– fixing (basic or advanced :))
– being creative (basic or advanced :))
– look after our pets (they are lovely so you will do this anyway 🙂 )
6. How many hours the volunteers work in a week?
More or less 25-35 hours a week (4-5 shifts a week)
7. How many volunteers will be in the hostel at one time?
1-3 volunteers at a time.
8. What do you get in return for your help?
Free accomodation, basic food (pasta, rice, onions, potato, coffee, tea, lentils, etc.. occasionally fruits, or other things..), amazing experience, opportunity for selfdevelopment, singing birds all day long 🙂
If you want to be a volunteer at our hostel, please write an e-mail to caminoarthostel(at)gmail(dot)com!