Do you think you know what to expect when you step through the hostel door?
Well, I’ve come up with 21 things no one tells you about working in hostels.
- You will be expected to do it all…
- but your contract or pay will never compensate that…
- After a time, you’ll be hearing the exact phrases from guests over and over again.
- You might even start to talk like them (“Que pasa che”, “tengo una pregunta”)
- You will work hard…
- …but also you will have much more fun
- You will fall in love over and over again…
- …and have a heartbreak…
- …or find the love of your life
- You might drink a delicious cocktail or beer during your afternoon shift.
- Or you might get a coffee with electricity ‰ to kick off the night shift.
- You will go out with lots of people and probably will remember only 1 or 2 names.
- You might need to call for the police to kick out a guest (it didn’t happen many times, but it did)
- You may fill in your wardrobe with some cool clothes thanks to the guests who left them behind (and never asked to have them back)
- You probably will be talking in French to an English-speaking person, just because you have just checked in a guest from France.
- You might confuse guests by talking about chicken while you meant a kitchen.
- Sometimes you will tell a guest to come back later to get the solution, so the next shift can take care of it instead of you.
- You might press the wrong button in the PMS and f*** up the whole hostel with one click (I’m serious)
- During the night shift, you probably will tell everyone to come to the reception in the morning, so you don’t have to solve the problems 😅
20. The reception occasionally will convert into a karaoke spot or a dancefloor.
- You will complain “oh how tired” you are during the whole shift, only to stay for a drink (or more) for una noche loca.
I might have done them all…or not. You will never know!
Ready to start working in hostels now? Have I missed something? Let me know in the comments.
by Ewa G.