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San Luis Obispo
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 38580
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 1, 2020

We are a small friendly hostel in San Luis Obispo, California. We are near the coast, and halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We provide lodging for 24 guests from all around the world. We have four staff members who participate in the work exchange.

For new volunteers, the work consists mainly of cleaning the hostel, but it is light cleaning since we do it each day. We usually train volunteers on the morning pancake shift (staff favorite) after they have done the cleaning shift for a few weeks.

We require 20 hours of work each week (usually 5 shifts, 4 hours per shift) in exchange for a bed in a dormitory and some food such as rice, beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, oatmeal, sourdough pancakes, and coffee.

Because our facility is small, we cannot host children, pets, and most of the time we can not accept more than one new person at a time. We usually accept volunteers that can stay for at least a month, but in some rare cases well accept 2 weeks.

The hostel is in a quiet residential neighborhood just a short walk to downtown. San Luis Obispo has abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. Hiking trails and cycling trails are nearby, and the ocean is 10 miles away. Transportation to San Luis Obispo is via Amtrak (2 minutes from the hostel) or the airport (SBP) which is 3.5 miles from the hostel. All corners of San Luis Obispo are accessible on local buses.

If you feel that you would be a good match for the hostel, then I would love to discuss this further.

reviews (6)
Helper: Clay brazil Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 15, 2019
I volunteered at Hostel Obispo for about 9 months. As work for trade places g... view complete review

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Helper: Sarah Nicol Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 8, 2018
Enjoyed staying here for 7 weeks. Jarred is a very patient, down-to-earth guy... view complete review

Helper: Christine Doonan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: September 24, 2017
I arrived in this place San Luis Obispo at four in the morning after a ten ho... view complete review

Helper: Casey Talmage Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 6, 2017
This is a great place to work and stay. Jarred is an awesome host. Very frien... view complete review

Helper: Piper George Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 23, 2017
I just finished my month's stay here and had a total blast! The job isn't ted... view complete review

Helper: Ashley Hawkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 10, 2016
I helped out here for 6 weeks from November into December and really enjoyed ... view complete review

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