Cultural Exchange/Volunteer Program
The Cowboy Bunkhouse Hostel offers a “Cultural Exchange/Volunteer Program” program for light housekeeping assistance on a 'limited, short-term, voluntary, uncompensated basis' to qualified individuals who are interested in visiting the sites in the area and in socializing with other travelers. Minimum commitment is two weeks and the maximum stay is two months.
In exchange for room and board, you will be helping with one of three shifts each day.
Morning shift: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Duties: unlock doors, turn on lights, set out and monitor the breakfast bar, check guests out, strip beds, clean rooms, and start the laundry.
Afternoon shift: 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Duties: empty the trash, clean the bathrooms, clean the kitchens, and work on improvement projects.
Evening shift: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Duties: prepare dinner for the staff, finish laundry while waiting for guests to arrive, check in guests, and coordinates activities with the guests.
You have time each day to explore, hike, and meet new people. You get a scheduled 48 hours off every 4 days, so some are on the weekend and some are during the week. We can also adjust that schedule.
Clothing: I would suggest bringing a hat for the sun, a jacket for the evening, hiking boots for outings, and sun screen. It is best to wear t-shirts or other clothes that you don't mind getting bleached to work in because that does happen at times. Comfortable, secure shoes are best for working in as well. We do not allow tank tops or short shorts while working. You will be given a badge to wear to designate you as a staff member.
For breakfast you can eat off the breakfast bar or fix yourself eggs or pancakes with supplies provided in the kitchen. Dinner is prepared for all the staff by those on the evening shift. We all eat together "family style" because that is also when we have staff meeting and discuss any pertinent events, problems, changes to the schedule, etc. For lunch you can eat leftovers from dinner, fix yourself something in the kitchen with supplies provided, or go out to lunch in town.
You will be staying in a private room or with the person you are traveling with. The room is in our staff area where other volunteers stay in other private rooms. You will share a bathroom and showers with other workers and guests.
This program is a Cultural Exchange/Volunteer program. You will be volunteering and staying at our place while you visit the National Parks in the area and socializing with other international guests. You will learn many things while you are here, but you are NOT be an employee or taking jobs from local workers. Please keep this in mind when you go through customs so you are not sent home.
NOTE: Because we offer full room and board (meals), we do not offer any monetary ($) compensation.
If you are interested, please contact JoAnn with your work experience and travel history. jmichelsen@TheCowboyBunkhouse.com