Help and stay in a hostel in LA, California, USA

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Location: Los Angeles, United States


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Our place is a former Hollywood mansion that has been converted by the family into a hostel and guesthouse. The house, designed by famed Los Angeles architect Paul Williams, was the home of the first African-American actor to have earned a star on the Walk of Fame. These historical properties exude Old Hollywood energy by embracing world travelers and professionals with the extravagant luxury of Louis XVI furnishings.

We take pride in the amenities and atmosphere that we offer both staff and guests. All of our properties have free wifi and laundry, fully-equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, and full access to the mansion's backyard swimming pool and weight machines. Additionally, we offer a complimentary hot breakfast, which includes eggs, waffles, cheese grits, oatmeal, and beverages. We are a 10-minute walk away from the Metro Expo Line, which will take you to Santa Monica, Downtown LA, and other key tourist sites.

The atmosphere here is open and collaborative, and the owner is always interested in ideas for improvement (there is nothing we love more than a pro-active attitude!) So we are looking for volunteers who are not only willing to complete their tasks efficiently, but are also interested in contributing to our community. Current volunteers have organized activities such as dinners and BBQs, yoga and language classes, and group trips around Los Angeles. If you have anything you would like to bring to the table, you will be most welcome!

Typically, volunteers work part-time, about 25 hours a week. Though this might change depending on department and duties. In exchange for your work, you are given a bed in a shared dorm and free breakfast (which always has a vegetarian option), and full use of the facilities. We ask for a minimum stay of 8 weeks. Some volunteers choose to extend your stay, and depending on availability, that's usually an option we're happy to discuss with you. Bilingualism is a plus, and we are happy to accept international volunteers interested in improving their English.

We ask that all volunteers help maintain a clean and guest-friendly environment, refrain from smoking and drug use on the premises, and treat all shared areas/property with courtesy and respect. If you think that you would be a good fit, we would love to hear from you!

We require volunteers to give 25 hours a week in exchange for a bed in a dorm, breakfast (there is always a vegetarian option and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.) Unless otherwise preferred, you will likely work 4 days in a row, followed by 3 days off.

We try to be flexible and organize schedules around other commitments such as internships or part-time jobs. At the same time, we ask for flexibility on your part as well. Certain tasks always need to get done, but we have many different opportunities for you to utilize your strengths, whether it be marketing, photography, working sound equipment, or construction.

Our mission is for everyone to experience an unforgettable American vacation.
You will be living in a 6-bunk male dorm, a 6-bunk female dorm or a 10-bunk coed dorm. Each house has a full kitchen, remodeled bathrooms with showers and WiFi access. The kitchens are well-equipped with stoves and ovens, microwaves, blenders, cookware/Tupperware, and coffeemakers. As at any hostel, we ask that if you use the kitchen, you keep your food labeled and tidy and clean up after yourself.

We will provide you with a towel, sheets, blankets, and laundry detergent for your wash. We also have hairdryers and irons available for use. You should bring your own toiletries and flip-flops for the shower.

Weather in LA is temperamental, changing frequently between hot and sunny and cloudy and cool. Even in summer, night in LA can get chilly, so please remember to pack some sort of jacket or sweater and a pair of long pants.

If you arrive by car, there is free parking on or near the property (except for Wednesday, which is street cleaning day.) The Metro and bus are a 10-minute walk away -- a single ride costs $1.75, or a weekly pass costs $25. If you have a bicycle, we have a gate where you can leave it securely locked (you must provide your own lock!)

  • Help and stay in a hostel in LA, California, USA
  • Help and stay in a hostel in LA, California, USA
  • Help and stay in a hostel in LA, California, USA
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