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Do you feel like a Work & Travel adventure of a special kind? Then Colombia is the right place for you. The country has been at the top of the list for backpackers for a few years and is still a real insider tip. You have the choice between the colonial Caribbean city of Cartagena, the dream beaches of Santa Marta and the innovative and cool metropolis of Medellín. In the Caribbean you will find beautiful beaches and idyllic towns, where you can experience both tourist diversity and the real Colombia. In Medellín you can get to know the everyday life in South America’s hippest metropolis and enjoy the city feeling.


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Hostel Experience

Cartagena, Santa Marta Area, Minca

4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week

Every 1st Saturday of the month

1-6 months

18 years

Spanish, Spanish course included

Friendly, cosmopolitan

Shared room in hostel

Varies depending on the hostel

English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp

Mobile internet and WiFi in the hostel

From 860,00 €


Type of program: Hostel Experience

Program Location: Cartagena, Santa Marta Area, Minca

Working hours: 4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week

Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month

Duration: 1-6 months

Minimum age: 18 years

Language: Spanish, Spanish course included

Requirements: Open-minded and friendly

Accommodation: shared room in hostel

Meals: varies according to the hostel

Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp

Internet: Mobile internet with sim card from WanderWorld Travel

Price: from 860,00 €

Backpacker sitting by the pool at Los Hermanos
Hostel with many young people


Hostels in Colombia are hip, cool and in many ways something very special. Since the country has experienced an upswing in tourism in recent years and is still a real insider tip, most hostels were opened only in recent years. Since the number of backpackers increases from year to year, new hostels are constantly being added. Some hostels follow a completely new concept: the boutique hostels, which mean a little more luxury, but you are still in the cool and social environment of a hostel.

In all of our locations in Colombia, the hostels are very centrally located. Whether in the big city of Medellín, or in the cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta: everywhere you will find restaurants, bars, stores and supermarkets. No matter where you are, all the cities we have selected offer the perfect starting point for bar hopping, various excursions and pool parties or other events at the hostel.

Especially in Cartagena and Santa Marta, the heat of the Caribbean can be much better endured with a short cool down in between. Therefore, many hostels there have a beautiful colonial-style courtyard with pool and hammocks.

In the small village of Minca you can fully immerse yourself in the tropical nature and treat yourself to a cooling off of the hot cities. The village in the mountains is super popular among backpackers and there are beautiful rustic hostels in the nature.

In Colombia, all our partner hostels have a kitchen and cozy common areas. In the popular destinations of Colombia you can do all kinds of activities and mingle with the locals. Relaxed bars with loud music, delicious cocktails and salsa dancing can be found throughout the country.

Außenbereich im Hostel Cartagena Colombia
Außenbereich im Hostel Cartagena Colombia


The Pearl of the Caribbean, as Cartagena is often called, is a perfectly restored colonial-style city. The city attracts many travelers from all over the world because of its beauty. There are many restaurants and bars and there is always something going on. You want to live in the Caribbean in a relaxed atmosphere? In Cartagena you spend your time in the city, but it is surrounded by beautiful Caribbean islands and lots of culture. The narrow streets of the old town are a dream and perfect for your hostel experience.

Your hostel is located in the middle of the old town, so you can spend your free time here, strolling through the streets and watching the hustle and bustle. On your days off, you can take a boat to the surrounding beaches or explore the islands. Our partner hostels in Cartagena are decorated with great attention to detail, most of them have a pool and a nice bar.

More information about Cartagena can be found here.

colorful house in Cartagena Colombia


Our hostels are located either in the city of Santa Marta itself or on the beaches of the nearby surroundings.

The city of Santa Marta is located on the Caribbean coast and has 500,000 inhabitants. The special thing here are the great excursion possibilities in the surrounding area. Within an hour you can reach idyllic places in the rainforest with waterfalls and coffee farms, dream beaches, the best diving spots in Colombia, cool beach towns where backpackers hang out and the beautiful national park of Colombia, the Tayrona National Park.

Santa Marta is the perfect mix of city, beach and a great environment.

You can find more info about Santa Marta here.

zwei einheimische Frauen tragen Früchte auf dem Kopf in Cartagena Kolumbien
Coast Colombia with boats before mountain


Santa Marta is the perfect starting point to get to Minca with a 40 minute drive into the mountains. Minca is a small village, but a must-see among backpackers on any trip to Colombia. There you can immerse yourself in endless green forests and swim in fresh rivers and waterfalls. The average annual temperature is a pleasant 22 degrees, a nice cool down to the hot cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta, while being only 1 hour away from the beaches of the Caribbean. This small fascinating place is becoming more and more popular among tourists and is constantly developing, so new hostels and restaurants are being added all the time. The hostel is located a few minutes walk away from the village in the middle of green nature next to a river. The rooms are very open and designed with love and natural elements. There is a pool with a great view of the mountains and a delicious restaurant in the hostel.


Big city metropolis, party until dawn, nature and eternal spring. If you find your dreams in there, you should start your work and travel adventure in Medellín.

The city itself has a lot to offer. Here, night turns into day and even during the day it doesn’t rest. There is always something to do in the lively neighborhood of El Poblado. But you should also venture out of the most touristy part of the city and experience the real Medellín and its culture, for example in Comuna 13. An exciting and educational experience that will stay with you for a long time.

And for the weekend you have numerous options in the surrounding area. Nature, coffee farms, trekking, horseback riding or other activities – there is something for everyone.

For more information about Medellín, click here.

Church in Colombia in front of mountain
Colombia skyline from above


For your work in a hostel you don’t need any special qualifications or experience. It is only important that you have a desire to learn and you are open to a new culture, people from all over the world and a new way of life. You should be motivated, work well in a team and be willing to share your living space with other people for a while. In return you can expect a unique community, a life in breathtaking nature and above all a lot of fun at work. Also, it is important that you are not too shy to do the tasks in a hostel. Everyone pitches in and if there is a lot going on, it can take a little longer.


The national language in Colombia is Spanish. You do not need to know Spanish to participate in the program. It is only required that you can speak English or Spanish to communicate with the other volunteers from all over the world and the hostel staff. A Spanish course is included at the beginning of the program. Your language skills will also improve on the spot.


You will live in a shared room with other volunteers from all over the world. The room is located in the hostel where you work.

You usually share the room with your colleagues, but in smaller hostels you may also live with guests.

The size of the room also varies depending on the hostel, usually there are between 4 and 10 beds in your room.

You will have a well-equipped kitchen at your disposal, where you can cook together with the other volunteers. In some hostels there are one or even two meals per day for the volunteers, but we cannot guarantee this.


Jan is German and has been living in Colombia for six years now. After a long journey through Latin America he stayed in Cartagena. He has traveled all over the country, but Cartagena and the entire Caribbean coast are his jewel. He can’t wait to welcome you there and show you the Colombian culture. His girlfriend is Colombian and originally from Bogotá. Jan has German roots, so he understands both cultures very well and speaks both languages fluently. Jan has been running Café de la Mañana in the old town of Cartagena for 2 years. Stop by, it’s worth it! Jan also works in tourism and is therefore our local expert to show you the city, its history and all the highlights. He will be happy to answer your questions about the country and traveling in Colombia.
Jan will take care of you during the introductory meeting in Cartagena. For questions of any concern during your stay in Latin America, an English-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

WanderWorld employee smiles



Shared room:

  • 1st month in starter package: 860,00 €
  • Extension month: 170,00 €
  • As 2nd or 3rd program: 630,00 €


Find out more about our services here.





“I was particularly impressed by Colombian cuisine. I can’t get all the delicious things out of my head. The food is so fresh, so varied and so different. Empanadas and fresh mango juice for breakfast – an absolute dream.”

Fabian dancing with a woman in crowd of people


Santa Marta

“My most beautiful moment was when I realize that you have found a new home at your place of work. When I was walking down the street of my small village, meeting one friend after another and being called out to by all the motorcycles whizzing by. Unforgettable!”

Leander malt mit einem kleinen Mädchen



“The most special part of my stay was the great people I got to meet. They all made my trip so interesting, gave me insights into different cultures and changed my perspective on some things in life.”

Mara in Guatemala



“People immediately welcome you with kindness and helpfulness, even if they haven’t spoken a word to you yet. I can’t put into words how much that has given me and how much I wish I could go back again.”

Teilnehmerin Naomi



“It showed me even more and made me more aware of what matters in life and how important it is to leave your comfort zone, evolve, expand your horizons and see the world. I have gained so much from this trip.”

Live Q&A



Here you can learn more about Leander’s motivations for his trip to Latin America and how he has developed during this time. He talks about his adventures and experiences and much more.

Leander ties a child's shoes



Hanna didn’t just want to see one country and one project, but visited three projects in Costa Rica and Colombia. In the Live Q&A we asked her about her time in the Rainforest Reserve, Turtle Protection Project in Costa Rica and the Hostel Experience in Colombia.

Hanna in Cartagena with Colombian women


Santa Marta

In this live Q&A, Ronja talks about her time at Hostel Experience in Colombia. She has a lot to tell about the work in the hostel, the locals and the country!

Ronja with Backpack