Work Exchange at small hostel in Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Where have you been? We’ve been looking for you!
We are CamelBackpackers Hostel. We are a small hostel with less than 20 beds that just opened in July. We are looking for a fun and energetic traveler to help us run our hostel. We would like to hire and have you start no later than January 2, 2013.

Is our hostel for you?
First allow us to introduce ourselves, we are Amber and Colin. We are a young, fun-loving couple who loves socializing, traveling, and new adventures. We have dreamed of opening a hostel and it has finally happened. We’ve been open three months and our guests have been extremely happy with our facility and staff. We live on site and we are very involved at the hostel. We interact multiple times during the day with our guests and employees. We continue to grow and we appreciate constant feedback and ideas on how to improve. We want to hire someone who is passionate about operating a hostel and will be committed to giving our guests the best visit possible. You can learn more about our hostel at or

We pride ourselves in being a small hostel. We want to focus on the total guest experience rather than simply providing a bed. We feel that that staff can make or break a hostel. We love our jobs as hostel managers and it is important for us to ensure you love your job too. We want you to feel more like family member than a work-exchange employee.

What are the requirements?
-Willing to work for a minimum two months
-Fluent English is a must
-Travel experience preferred

What will you do on an average day?
We are small hostel so you’ll be helping with a little bit of everything. You will work approximately two hours a day in exchange for a dorm room bed and will earn one day off per week. Your schedule will be flexible. We will work with you so you can plan your time away from the hostel. Some days you may work more than two hours but you will not work more than 12 hours a week. We have a full-time employee so you will assist him by watching the hostel when has to run errands or is hosting events.

Some normal duties will be:
-Taking reservations, checking in guests, and selling goodies and bicycle rentals
-Answering questions, giving guests suggestions on what to do, hosting events
-Working on special projects, landscape and building maintenance
-Laundering the bed linen and towels
-Assisting in housekeeping duties and helping to ensure the hostel stays clean

Where is Phoenix? Why will you love it?
Phoenix is located in Arizona. It borders California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. It is in the Southwestern US in the Sonoran Desert. You’ll love the weather. It does get extremely hot in the summer but the other nine months of the year make up for it. It is the sixth largest city in the US and a perfect hub for travelers. It has an international airport and is an easy day’s drive to other major cities like Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and only four-hour drive to Mexico or the Grand Canyon, one of the Wonders of the World. There are endless day trips to other cities, ghost towns, gold mines, ancient dwellings, and wine country.

Phoenix offers everything that other large cities offer such as more amazing local restaurants, bars, and entertainment options than we could ever physically visit. We are always finding our new favorite coffee shop, breakfast joint or happy hour spot. The list goes on and on. Phoenix is also home to seven local breweries, one of our favorite places to visit. We have several great museums, amusement parks, and even a safari park.

There are over a dozen mountains and park reserves with limitless trails to hike, bike or picnic. There’s endless options for outdoor activities like sky diving, rappelling, tubing down the river, canoeing, horseback riding, boating, camping, fishing, and even snowboarding is just a two-hour drive away.
The city is vibrant and alive. The mindset in Phoenix is really changing to be more conscious and eco-friendly. It’s about buying local and trying to make a difference. We think you get the point. We love Phoenix and we know you will too. We hope you get a chance to explore it and see for yourself the many things Phoenix has to offer.

What we need from you?
Still interested? Please email us your response to the questions below. We need to know about you. Write us a letter to help us understand who you are and what you are looking for in a hostel. We won’t need your CV but feel free to include it, a photo, or any other additional information about you. We really just want to know more about you. Don’t just fill out the questions, help us get to know you.
Please send the email to [email protected]

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We look forward to hearing from you,
Amber, Colin, and Andrew




Job first posted: 05 December 2012