Our hostels are just as diverse as the country itself. Depending on which place you choose, hostels await you directly on the beach or in the middle of an adventurous colonial city. All of them share a love for detail and a cheerful atmosphere. On our travels through Mexico, we have some places particularly close to the heart, where it is worthwhile to stay a while:
The Riviera Maya is the most famous vacation region in Mexico and offers bright white sandy beaches and sun all day. On the wild coast of Oaxaca, adventure seekers will find what they are looking for. The old colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas is made for getting to know the real Mexico in a relaxed atmosphere.
Type of program
Riviera Maya, San Cristobal de las Casas, Puerto Escondido
4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week
Every 1st Saturday of the month
English or Spanish, Spanish course included
Shared room in hostel
Varies depending on the hostel
English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile internet and WiFi in the hostel
From 910,00 €
Type of program: Hostel Experience
Program Location: Riviera Maya, San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido
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: English and 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 910,00 €
HOSTELS IN MEXICO
Mexico’s hostels all have a special character. Mexicans love bright colors and decorate for their lives. Accordingly, the hostels are also designed with great attention to detail. The walls are painted by young artists from all over the world, who stop for a longer time in one of the hostels.
Depending on the place, there are different types of hostels. In Puerto Escondido, the hostels are often located directly on the beach, there you will find cabañas built on the sand. In the towns and cities, the hostels are usually very central. In general, they are very green with beautiful courtyards and an outdoor area with sofas and hammocks.
The hostels in Mexico are very well equipped. You can find a kitchen where you can cook together. This not only saves money, but is also very sociable. Some even have a pool and a bar where one or the other party takes place.
In almost every hostel there is a program for the guests, which is often organized by the volunteers. There are game nights, pool parties, bar hopping, yoga classes and much more. Also, most hostels offer excursions in the region in which the volunteers can participate.
Tulum is our favorite place on the Riviera, so we’ve got plenty of gorgeous hostels for you to work in. If you’re looking for endless white beaches, crazy beach parties with international DJs and a hip vibe, you’ll find your happiness in Tulum. It’s rare to find such a laid-back vibe anywhere else. The town is full of backpackers from all over the world and has a lively bar and restaurant scene. That’s why it’s teeming with cool hostels just waiting for you. It’s made for an unforgettable work and travel adventure.
The hostels are located in the town of Tulum, which is about 5 km from the beach. Each hostel has bicycles that you can use to go to the beach or the ruins. There are restaurants and bars both on the beach and in town.
More information about Tulum can be found here.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
If you want to get to know the everyday life and culture of a small Mexican town, you should come to San Cristobal. The city is located in the highlands of the southern state of Chiapas, surrounded by a fascinating landscape and many traditional villages. In the city there is something new to discover every day and also the surrounding countryside is perfect for excursions of all kinds. Here the Mayan culture is still very present, as many descendants of the Mayans live in the surrounding villages.
The hostels are very centrally located and beautiful. Guests come from all over the world and most stay longer than planned.
San Cristobal is a great place to experience Mexican life first hand. There are many young people living here who will integrate you into their circle of friends right away.
More information about San Cristobal de las Casas can be found here.
If you love the sea and like it more relaxed than turbulent, Puerto Escondido is the right place for you.
The city is almost perfect for an unforgettable work & travel adventure. You can work downtown, where many hostels and hotels are located. From here you can quickly reach the surrounding beaches and be surrounded by bars, restaurants and supermarkets. At the end of the long beach of Puerto Escondido is the district of La Punta with equally beautiful hostels. There are no paved roads here, but there are nice restaurants and a brilliant surf spot for beginners and pros. Surfers, globetrotters and adventurers from all over the world meet here.
Besides your work at the hostel you can book lessons at the many local surf schools, learn Spanish or just relax on the beach with cool people from all over the world. At the time of the surf contests it gets turbulent, because the international surf elite meets in Puerto. A lot of unforgettable parties are pre-programmed.
More information about Puerto Escondido can be found here.
YOUR CONTACT PERSON IN MEXICO
Silvia is originally from Munich and she liked it so much in Mexico during a world trip more than 15 years ago that she moved her life center to the Rivera Maya in Quintana Roo a few years later. She is very involved with the lived traditions and rituals of the locals. She knows the area very well and always discovers the beauty of the diverse nature and likes to share this with everyone who lands in Mexico for the first time. She speaks German, English and Spanish.
Silvia will take care of you during your orientation in Playa del Carmen. 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.
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 Mexico 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. At the beginning of the program, as the 1st project, a Spanish course is included. However, 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 usually located in the hostel where you work. Sometimes there is an extra apartment for volunteers near the hostel.
You usually share the room with your colleagues, but in smaller hostels you may also live with guests.
The room size 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.
“The people of Latin America are unique! Both from their way of thinking and their way of life. Each culture has its peculiarities, but the warmth unites all.”
“I could write whole books about why Mexico is simply breathtaking. Rarely have I met such warm and hospitable people and you see everything in a much more relaxed and laid back way. I can definitely say that I fell in love with the country of Mexico and would go back anytime.”