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Florida CIty
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 5
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 1990
Region: South

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Last Updated: August 20, 2015

Our Hostel strives to follow a model of responsible social capitalism. Keeping the ideal of hostelling alive always comes first. Since 1997 we have been creating an urban wilderness environment on our property in Florida City that includes tropical hardwood "Hammocks" herbs gardens, and green spaces. We would like to explore urban organic farming in the future.

We clean our hostel with homemade organic cleaners.

The ideal of hostelling is one of contribution by travelers to help keep hostels going by participating in chores and contributing wherever there is a need. Hostels in turn provide a network of affordable lodging alternatives so people can travel longer and learn more about their world and people.

We offer volunteers, woofers, apprentices and interns an opportunity to learn about operating an international hostel that serves the environmentally focused backpacker.

Volunteers at our hostel can participate in many of the wilderness activities so they can better share the information with travelers
volunteers get projects to complete rather than a certain of amount of time to put in. We find this makes it easier and clearer for everyone and very rarely does a day exceed the 4 hours. Fast workers really have great time and laid back workers appreciate the easy pace.
Projects range from caring for the tropical gardens, helping with canoe and bike maintenance, cleaning the sleeping house or kitchen house, helping to facilitate communal dinners and helping travelers by answering their questions about our area etc.

FOOD is NOT provided and will need to be budgeted for accordingly. There is however a free food shelf with extra food that is left by travelers which we also keep stocked with spices, oil, pancake mix, syrup and coffee.

The best time to come is in the winter from November to March. Volunteers can camp or stay in dormitories. Summer is great too especially for those who scuba dive and snorkel but it is hot hot hot!

reviews (36)
Helper: Stephanie and Mirsada Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 9, 2017
It's hard to find the right words to express what an amazing experience stayi... view complete review

Helper: Claire Delavault Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 20, 2016
I was planning to stay two weeks at this hostel. Sadly, I had to leave after ... view complete review

Helper: Ebony and Gregory Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 10, 2016
Gregory and I (Ebony) were thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer here... view complete review

Helper: Maria Temoch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 8, 2016
I just spent a little over two weeks here and this was one of the best experi... view complete review

Helper: Ashley Wood Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 25, 2016
Physically the place is magnificent!!! The very first time I stayed here was ... view complete review

Helper: Camille LEBEL Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 10, 2016
How do you find words to describe a such amazing experience? I stayed 1 mont... view complete review

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Helper: Georgie Codd Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 7, 2015
I've just read what Alice wrote (below) - snap! A huge part of the joy of thi... view complete review

Helper: Alice Voke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 6, 2015
This place is seriously the best. I have just left after 3 weeks here and alr... view complete review

Helper: Dounia and Ahmed Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Morocco Date: November 30, 2014
I spent 3 weeks in August there. No need to add more nice comments in this se... view complete review

Helper: Rosanna and Mikayla Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 9, 2014
Wow! It's actually been a few years since my daughter and I volunteered here.... view complete review

Helper: Kate Rotondo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 20, 2014
Over a year and a half has passed since I volunteered 2 months at this hostel... view complete review

Helper: Samuel and Tamas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: January 11, 2014
Our two weeks at the hostel was one of the best experience. We had in ages. T... view complete review

Helper: Yangjinqi Yu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: January 8, 2014
Just left today, missing it already. The hostel itself is so full of wonderfu... view complete review

Helper: Yeh YA Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: November 9, 2013
This is my first experience and it was so great, everyone in this hostel are ... view complete review

Helper: Harley and Lola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 25, 2013
This hostel is absolutely wonderful. It was even more of a beautiful place ... view complete review

Helper: Laure Durand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 23, 2013
All the returns written on this hostel are extremely true! I don’t specially ... view complete review

Helper: Julie Bonniec Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 3, 2013
I stayed 2 weeks with Owhnn and her wonderful crew. I wish I could stay longe... view complete review

Helper: Aoife and Meg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: July 9, 2013
What can I say about the Everglades Hostel.... There ain't enough stars in t... view complete review

Helper: Marion Tournier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 18, 2013
I spent 2 months at this beautiful and well run hostel while traveling over t... view complete review

Helper: Shiqi Tang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 30, 2013
Sorry for being so late to write this review! The hostel is really lovely wi... view complete review

Helper: Richard cusson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 10, 2013
I was here in april 2013 for a little better than 2 weeks. There were 4 or 5 ... view complete review

Helper: Yuyang Peng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: January 7, 2013
I spent a week there and I strongly wish that I could stay longer !!! I met i... view complete review

Helper: Claudia ferri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 20, 2012
I stayed 3 weeks there and I really enjoyed it there. nice people, nice hoste... view complete review

Helper: Adrien GILLOT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 10, 2012
welcome to the paradise. Super crew, super job, super trails in canoe, supe... view complete review

Helper: Kellyanne and Kevin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 7, 2012
WE stayed here for a month and wish we could have never came back! It was a ... view complete review

Helper: Nuria and Inaki Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 24, 2012
We had there our first helpx experience and the final conclusion is very good... view complete review

Helper: Anna-lena Knobloch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 17, 2012
This is a hostel in it´s true sense :) I stayed only for 10 days at the Ever... view complete review

Helper: Giovannetti Cecile Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 13, 2011
This hostel doesn't need anymore reviews but I'll write one anyway because Im... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Barfield Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 26, 2011
Volunteering here was an experience that will stay with me my entire life-- i... view complete review

Helper: Mona and Joe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 30, 2010
This is an experience not to be missed, the people here will leave an indelib... view complete review

Helper: Jack and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 29, 2010
we stayed from mid june to the end of july. we took part in two chill weekend... view complete review

Helper: Sam Prior Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 19, 2010
I had a great time during my week at the hostel. Meeting all the other volunt... view complete review

Helper: Léonie Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France Date: December 10, 2009
I stayed only one week there but I had a very nice time. The atmosphere is ve... view complete review

Helper: Erwin Zantinga Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Netherlands Date: September 11, 2009
when i came to the hostel i came at the right time, a week before the chill f... view complete review

Helper: Joe Tittiger Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 5, 2009
One of the most awesome-ist (is that a word?) places in the world! As a w... view complete review

Helper: Sandra Remedio Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: October 3, 2006
We just had a fantastic three weeks at the this Hostel. We were greeted with... view complete review

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