How to get a hostel job.
The best way I always found to get a hostel job while traveling was to do my research and initiate contact before I go. If I am planning to go for an extended period I would have a make a short list of possible options using hostelworld or hostelbookers to get an idea of how the particular place perceived. I would then apply call them up and apply online. This sets the ball in motion and the hostel now knows who you are. Keep following up and looking for as many opportunities as you can, with these types of positions its best to play a numbers game but be strategic in highlighting your skills and personality. Once you land go visit all the places directly and see if they are hiring. This was how I was mostly able to get all my travel jobs. Just remember there is usually a high and low season in the Travel industry. Be persistent.
These are just my thoughts but make sure to do as much research and preparation before you go to make your life easier upon arrival.
Working in a hostel gives you a chance to meet people from all over the world. You truly get the best of both worlds you live in a city and get to know what local life is like while meeting both locals and travellers on a regular basis.
Jobs and Work exchanges in hostels range from reception, to cleaning to tour guiding and countless other positions. It can be lots of work when you facilitates are busy and as many a traveler enjoys a drink or two can be a little roudy sometimes.
Having worked with and run pop up hostels around the world I truly look back on these times fondly and most of all appreciate the network of friends I have from around the world. I am slowly but surely trying to get a chance to meet up again in everyones home country.
All the best and remember their are many ways to go about this. Be Creative.
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