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Torquay
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 13973
Country: England

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Last Updated: March 20, 2019

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We are an independent family run backpackers in Torquay in the beautiful English Riviera.

We host travellers from all over the world here and Devon is a great base to explore the beautiful South West of England. We are looking for outgoing fun people. If English is not your first language dont worry we can help you practise as well as advise you on language schools you can attend.

We ask for 18 hours per week in exchange for dormitory accommodation, internet access, laundry etc. We ask people stay for a minimum of 1 month.
We can also help in the search for full time work in Torquay if you wish to stay a little longer.

We do not supply any meals but there is a self catering kitchen with everything you would need that you can use 24 hours per day.

We have been hosting helpers for over 5 years now and have met some of the best people through this site. Please note this may not be for everybody. We want people to enjoy their experience with us more than anything. Ideally we want outgoing friendly people who like to meet people from all around the world. We would not classify ourselves as a party hostel but we organise events on a regular basis that involve alcohol so please keep this in mind when applying.

Normally our helpers work 3 x 6 hour shifts with 4 days off. We try our best to schedule people to suit them so if you want to go on trips away from Torquay we can accommodate that. The work is a mixture of housekeeping and reception. Normally people work by themselves so will be dealing with guests, checking in/out and anything else that arises.

Torquay itself is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. We have the mildest climate in the UK with summer temperatures normally in the mid - high 20s. We are a 5 minute walk from Abbey Sands beach and there are 6 other beaches within walking distance. The town boasts a huge variety of different restaurants, bars, clubs so something to satisfy everyone.

We run two hostels which accommodates approx 90 guests. We normally have 20-30 long term guests from all over the world that work or study in Torquay. We try to create an amazing atmosphere that you will not find in any other hostel.

We have had a really good response and have a number of people lined up to come stay with us, so please let us know when you want to come to Torquay and how long you can stay for.

Look forward to hearing from you.

reviews (57)
Helper: Tania Rumbo Garcia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 9, 2019
Backpackers was my first experience as a helper and I could not choose a bett... view complete review

Helper: Claudia de Sousa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: August 22, 2018
I had a such good experience here. Sean and her wife are really kind and alwa... view complete review

Helper: Ganhao lin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 17, 2018
I'm sorry that my reply is a bit late. During March 22 to April 21st ... view complete review

Helper: Lea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 5, 2018
It was my first experience as a helper and what a great and crazy one !!! I c... view complete review

Helper: JTM Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 15, 2018
Very rude and impulsive. Changed his mind at the last minute. Want to receiv... view complete review

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Helper: Fernanda Coppie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: March 3, 2018
I was 6 months here, until today, just beautiful experience. I take each of t... view complete review

Helper: Stefania Gritti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 5, 2017
Thanks a million Sean! You and the guys was my family for the last four month... view complete review

Helper: Coco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 10, 2017
I've spent 5 weeks in the backpacker & it was definitely a great time! Sean ... view complete review

Helper: Lucia Camarasa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 25, 2017
We stayed this summer for a month working as a helper at the backpakers hoste... view complete review

Helper: Molly Murphy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 25, 2017
My time helping at Backpacker was incredible. The atmosphere is welcoming and... view complete review

Helper: Eléa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 19, 2017
Backpacker is my first experience as a Helper and I will never forget it. ... view complete review

Helper: Brianna and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 25, 2017
Brianna: I've been trying to find the words to describe my experience here fo... view complete review

Helper: Jean-baptiste yoann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 23, 2017
That was my first helpx experience and I will never forget it, I spend 5 week... view complete review

Helper: Samuel Veneau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 21, 2016
I spent three amazing weeks here. Right from the start I felt so very welcome... view complete review

Helper: Philip Lindsay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 19, 2016
Sean came all the way to the Plymouth Ferry port to pick me up. I have to men... view complete review

Helper: Josie and Karly Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 16, 2016
This was our first HelpX we did while on our trip and we ended up staying the... view complete review

Helper: Sara and Darwin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 2, 2015
I wasn't going to leave a review, but our current HelpX convinced me that if ... view complete review

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Helper: Lisa Martini Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: November 22, 2015
I spent two months here during the summer 2015 and it was an amazing experien... view complete review

Helper: Nina Brandl Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 12, 2015
I worked at the Backpackers for almost 2 months and had a great time there. ... view complete review

Helper: Jess Rees Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 10, 2015
I worked at the Backpackers for over 2 months in late 2014 and loved it, it b... view complete review

Helper: Maria and Natalia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 28, 2015
We stayed here during the summer of 2015, which has been probably one of the ... view complete review

Helper: Ronja Pludra Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 1, 2015
Before I start I want to make clear that this review only reflects my persona... view complete review

Helper: Eva Dalia Gomez Diaz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 2, 2015
Awesome experience! The people there have changed my life, we were a big fami... view complete review

Helper: Sueli Fitoria Torrez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: March 17, 2015
Hey! I've spend one month ( september-october) in this hostel and it was ama... view complete review

Helper: Danielle Dallman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 30, 2015
My time volunteering at the Backpacker's Hostel is one that I will never forg... view complete review

Helper: Simon meriaux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 6, 2015
i stay 1 months in this place it was a good time torquay is nice place a... view complete review

Helper: Pesty Marine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 26, 2014
I stayed one month (October). I met great people. The work was really easy an... view complete review

Helper: Theresa Lausecker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 19, 2014
I worked in the hostel for 1 month and had an awesome time at the hostel. The... view complete review

Helper: Sara Tullii Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 10, 2014
I volunteered here for two months and, after getting another job in a local h... view complete review

Helper: Miguel angel Rodriguez Garrido Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 8, 2014
I was there for three months and afterwards I became a guest. the hostel is w... view complete review

Helper: Hugo Cotorelli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: July 30, 2014
Torquay Backpackers was one of my best volunteer experience because the long ... view complete review

Helper: Sofia Kakridas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 13, 2014
I just finished working a month in Torquay, and had such a fantastic time! ... view complete review

Helper: Priscilla Ng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: May 10, 2014
I have stayed here for one month. Sean is an awesome host. He has organized e... view complete review

Helper: Débora Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: May 4, 2014
I had planned to stay at the Backpackers for 2 months and ended up staying 6 ... view complete review

Helper: Noëlline Moalic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 28, 2014
My stay at Sean's backpacker was an amazing experience, I was very pleased to... view complete review

Helper: Jonas Schiffmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: April 6, 2014
SEAN: A week before my help I phoned Sean and told him I will arrive at Wedn... view complete review

Helper: Ariadna Castella Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 13, 2014
I really liked to collaborate here. They were very nice and flexible with me ... view complete review

Helper: Jana Lk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Moldova Date: February 21, 2014
This was my first HelpX 'mission' and I loved it! Sean is a very flexible ... view complete review

Helper: Anna Huebner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 26, 2014
Sean is a warm-hearted person who really cares about his guests and helpers. ... view complete review

Helper: Maria teresa Lopez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 17, 2014
My experience was really unforgettable. I felt very good with all the people ... view complete review

Helper: Xoan Carbon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 9, 2014
I stayed at Xoan's hostel for about 2 months starting on October of the past ... view complete review

Helper: Lina Balaguer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 5, 2014
Me and a friend helped at this hostel for a month and it was a wonderful expe... view complete review

Helper: Migwin Orzechowska Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 27, 2013
I stayed here for a month in November/December and had a wonderful time. The ... view complete review

Helper: Jerry Serpell-Morris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2013
I stayed at the hostel for a couple weeks in December and had a great time. T... view complete review

Helper: Elizabeth Jamieson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 8, 2013
My time at this Backpacker's Hostel was regrettably the worst HelpX experienc... view complete review

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Helper: Yhonet Garcia Quintero Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Venezuela Date: November 23, 2013
Flexible, nice, openminded, good heart... are some of the words that I could ... view complete review

Helper: Begoña Muñoz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 15, 2013
If you want enjoy a good experience, I think that the Backpakers in Torquay i... view complete review

Helper: Edvi Alcoba Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 6, 2013
I stayed at the Backpackers for about 6 weeks and I must say I had a blast!! ... view complete review

Helper: Laurène ALCARAZ Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 20, 2013
I have been at the international backpacker for a month in July. Everybody i... view complete review

Helper: Janine Knopp Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 27, 2013
I stayed at the backpackers for five weeks this summer and had a really good ... view complete review

Helper: Rhianna Lewis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 21, 2013
I stayed with Sean and the gang for about 6 weeks and it was so much fun. The... view complete review

Helper: Bree Baldwin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 3, 2013
I have been a helper here for 1 month so far and secretly wish I never have t... view complete review

Helper: Ritajo Donk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 9, 2013
I've loved my time here at the backpackers so much that what was going to be ... view complete review

Helper: Ana and Francisco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: June 2, 2013
We´ve been in this hostel for one month and a half and it was a good experien... view complete review

Helper: Arrate Bereciartua Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: April 10, 2013
I´ve been in this hostel for 1 month in march 2013. It was an amazing experie... view complete review

Helper: Seanne Adams Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 8, 2013
If you are looking for an absolutely amazing helpx experience, Torquay Backpa... view complete review

Helper: Jordan Hartshorn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 13, 2013
For a first-time HelpX volunteer, I couldn't have asked fo a better stay with... view complete review

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