We appreciate the commitment of volunteers who give up their time to support Hostelling Scotland. As a charity our volunteers are important to helping us in achieving our mission and delivering a great experience for all our guests and have played a key role in Hostelling Scotland since our beginnings back in 1931!

Volunteers join us for a variety of reasons, such as gaining work experience, exploring Scotland, improving their English language skills, and meeting new people.

Hostelling Scotland Volunteers

Volunteer Youth Hostel Assistants

What can you expect?

Volunteers may be asked to help with general tasks including housekeeping and cleaning, catering, welcoming guests and supporting with reception.

What do we offer?

We offer placements for between 4 weeks and 8 weeks for 30 hours each week over 5 days including weekends. Volunteers receive 2 free days each week, to travel and explore the local area. Our hostel teams will be able to give you lots of recommendations of places to see.

We offer volunteer accommodation in the Youth Hostel, which will include access to a self-catering kitchen and laundry, and we can offer support with travel and food expenses (outlined in our Volunteer Expenses Policy). Volunteers will receive an induction and training required for their role. At the end of the placement we can provide completion certificates and references (on request).

What is the criteria? 

We need volunteers who are motivated, punctual and reliable, willing to follow instructions and complete a range of tasks, sufficiently fluent in English to carry out the role, able to live independently, work well with others and to follow Hostelling Scotland policies and procedures. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK and provide satisfactory references.

For first-hand accounts of volunteering with Hostelling Scotland check out our Volunteer Stories.

How do I find out more and apply?

We are currently looking for Volunteer Youth Hostel Assistants to support us in:

Portree (April to December)
Broadford (April to October)
Kirkwall (May and October)
Glen Nevis (June, July and August)
Glasgow (July and August)
Glen Nevis (June to September)
Aberdeen (July and August)
Torridon (July and August - 2 weeks maximum)
Oban (September and October)
Pitlochry (September to October)
Edinburgh (July and August – housekeeping volunteers only)

To apply to be a Volunteer Youth Hostel Assistant please complete this application form (download here) and email to volunteers@hostellingscotland.org.uk. If we have any suitable opportunities we will be in touch.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK and provide satisfactory references. We regret we are unable to sponsor visa applications.

Student Volunteers

We may be able to offer a longer placement as a Volunteer Youth Hostel Assistant to students if this is required as part of your course of study, please get in touch to discuss.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential

We ran a pilot Gold Duke of Edinburgh residential opportunity for young people to come and volunteer at Stirling Youth Hostel during October 2017. The group had the opportunity to meet other young people, gain experience of the key tasks involved in running a youth hostel, undertake gardening and environmental tasks, help makeover the bedrooms and communal areas, gain leadership skills, and explore Stirling and the local area. More information on future projects coming soon.

Company/Group Volunteering

We have successfully welcomed groups of corporate volunteers who have supported us in a range of different hostels. If you would like to discuss possible placements please email volunteers@hostellingscotland.org.uk.