Being a hostel volunteer is a fun and varied job. You get to meet travellers from all over the world, hang out in a chilled out or party atmosphere and travel the world for free. I made some good friends while I was working in a hostel – when you work together for several weeks you have a special bond that you wouldn’t get just passing through.
Staying in the same place for several weeks is also a nice break from constant travelling. You can really get to know the place, explore like a local and go beyond the usual tourist activities. Whether you want to volunteer and visit a new place solely to dedicate your time and skills to a good cause, or you plan to be a voluntourist – getting involved in a shorter-term commitment as part of your bigger travel plans, now is the time to get stuck in and give something back.