Hostel Experience

Would you like to live in our dreamland Costa Rica Hostel Experience program, you don't have to choose between bright sunshine on the Sea and the breathtaking Nature decide! Because you can have both together: Our partner hostels are located on the beautiful Pacific beaches and at the same time very close to nature. On the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast you will find the most beautiful beaches in the country. Coconut palms and coastal forests frame breathtaking bays, and the beaches offer perfect surfing conditions. Also on the central Pacific coast there are popular surfing hotspots and tropical beaches, surrounded by numerous national parks. Of course, cool hostels are a must in this popular vacation region!

Quick Facts

Type of program
Hostel Experience
Program location
Nicoya Peninsula, Central Pacific
, Costa Rica
Working hours
4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
No knowledge
friendly, cosmopolitan
Village, Small town, Close to the beach
Multi-bed room
Not included
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 890,00 €
Extension month: 190,00 €

Project description

Would you like to combine the rainforest and a dream beach? Then you've come to the right place in Costa Rica. Our partner hostels are all located in the popular beach regions on the Pacific, where there is not only sand and sea, but also many beautiful national parks with untouched nature.

The hostels in Costa Rica are very modern and offer a particularly high standard. Most of them not only have shared rooms, but also single and double rooms, which are furnished like a hotel room. Young people from all over the world come to the hostels; Costa Rica is very popular with surfers and backpackers from the USA and Europe, for example. It is the perfect country for nature and water sports enthusiasts.

The hostels in Costa Rica are excellently equipped. Each hostel has its own kitchen and a nice communal area where the volunteers can mingle with the hostel guests. This is perfect for cooking together in the evening and ending the evening with a few drinks. Some even have a pool and a bar where the occasional party takes place. Many hostels work with tour operators and you can also take part in excursions in the region. Sometimes there are special activities such as yoga classes or game nights.

You won't come into contact with big cities during the Hostel Experience in Costa Rica. Our hostels are idyllically located in the countryside in small, hip beach villages. Of course, you will also find many restaurants, bars, stores, supermarkets and tour operators there. With the many excursion destinations in the area, such as the numerous beaches, national parks and waterfalls, you certainly won't get bored. The hostels are often close to nature and a little quieter, but you can get to the nearest supermarkets, restaurants and bars in just a few minutes.


The tasks are different depending on the hostel and can vary. The working hours also vary depending on the area of responsibility, but you will generally work between 25 and 30 hours per week. This leaves you enough free time to explore the surrounding area. The allocation of tasks and work schedules will only be discussed with the hostel manager on site.

In Costa Rica, our partner hostels are usually located in more natural and quieter locations. There is rarely a bar or restaurant in the hostel itself. Therefore, the main tasks are looking after the reception, cleaning the communal areas and organizing activities and tours.

At reception, you welcome guests and do the check-in. You will show them the rooms and common areas of the hostel and help them with any questions they may have. You will also take care of check-out and accept new reservations. Of course, you will be familiarized with the system at the beginning. A good command of English and a basic knowledge of Spanish are required at reception.

At the bar, you take the orders and make the drinks. It's always a lot of fun and you get to interact with the guests. You will also serve food and drinks and take payments.

Your social media skills can also be put to good use in the hostel when creating posts or blog articles. Many hostels also offer activities and tours for their guests, such as karaoke nights, beer pong, volleyball tournaments, boat trips and hikes. Here you can help promote and organize the activities.

As a volunteer, you will also help with simple cleaning tasks, such as emptying the garbage, sweeping the entrance, doing laundry and making sure that the communal areas are clean and tidy. Help in the communal kitchen to ensure that everything is put back in its place and that all guests have a clean kitchen. If the hostel offers breakfast, you can also help with the preparation in the kitchen or with serving the food.

Your job is also to look after the guests and do your bit to make them feel comfortable. It is therefore important that you are empathetic, open-minded and communicative. As the working hours can vary each week, you should also have a certain degree of flexibility.

Program location


The Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers everything you could wish for from a work and travel adventure in Latin America. Nestled in a tropical rainforest, you will find the country's most beautiful beaches here. The region is characterized by ecotourism, and so there are largely unspoilt bays and coastal forests to marvel at. The nature reserves extend into the ocean to protect the impressive reefs and turtles.

Some places on the peninsula have developed into real surfing hotspots, as the conditions are perfect. A relaxed vibe and interesting people from all over the world make a stay on Nicoya unforgettable.

You can find more information about Nicoya here.


On the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica are the dream towns of Uvita and Manuel Antonio, to name just two. The conditions there are perfect for surfing and snorkeling. Almost every beach is embedded in a national park with dense rainforest, which makes the beaches incredibly beautiful and every traveler will find a spot in the shade of a palm tree. In nature, you can not only admire the beauty of the plants, but also discover numerous animals and waterfalls.

A colorful crowd of locals, surfers, backpackers and hippies come to the vacation destinations and there is a lot going on in the high season. This is also when festivals and concerts take place. A trip to the Cataratas Nauyaca waterfalls is also definitely worthwhile.


Puerto Viejo, the small town where "Pura Vida" is written in capital letters, is located on the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica, just next to the border with Panama, about an hour south of Puerto Limón. With its inviting Caribbean flair, adventurous surf vibes and beautiful and varied beaches, you will find everything to make your travel heart beat faster. You can go exploring by bike and cozy bars invite you to linger with great music. The nearby national parks "Cahuita" and "Gandoca-Manzanillo" also offer you the exciting opportunity to explore the wildlife of this fascinating country and marvel at the interplay of rainforest and palm-fringed sandy beaches. Life here is simple, but the locals are all the happier for it. Let yourself be infected by this.


You don't need any special qualifications or experience to work at the hostel. It is just important that you have a desire to learn and that 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 period of time. In return, you can expect a unique community, a life in breathtaking nature and, above all, a lot of fun at work. It is also important that you are not too bad for the tasks in the hostel. Everyone pitches in and when things get particularly busy, it can take a little longer.


The national language in Costa Rica is Spanish. You do not need any knowledge of Spanish to participate in the program. The only requirement is that you can speak English or Spanish in order 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. However, your language skills will also improve on site.

Accommodation and meals

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

You will usually share your room with your colleagues, but in smaller hostels you may also be sharing with guests.

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

You will have access to a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook together with the other volunteers. Some hostels may offer a free breakfast per day for volunteers, but we cannot guarantee this.

Contact person

Lisa is German and emigrated to Costa Rica with her Costa Rican husband. She has visited the country several times before and is therefore already very familiar with the local culture, traditions and conditions. After falling in love with the country and its people, she decided to live where others go on vacation. In addition to German and English, she also speaks fluent Spanish. Lisa will be happy to welcome you to San José with her warm and cheerful manner and is keen to introduce you to her beautiful adopted country. As the local German contact person, she will answer all your questions and you can always approach her if you need help. Lisa will look after you during the introductory event in San José. If you have any questions during your stay in Latin America, a German-speaking contact person will be available to you via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

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Services and prices

Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 890,00 €
Extension month: 190,00 €

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