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This is how the volunteer program work in practice

Normally the volunteering program (read about what to do as a social volunteer here) covers stays at more than one hostel and a total period between six weeks (minimum) to three months (maximum). A six-week period is likely to cover just one hostel, though. No matter how long a period is agreed upon you always start out in Bergen with an introductory program at Bergen Hostel Montana. Unless we agree on terminating the whole thing during the introductory program (hopefully we don’t…) you carry on as social volunteer at your first hostel: Bergen Hostel Montana. After an agreed period of time (e.g. 3-6 weeks) you continue to the next hostel – and so on. No matter how long your total volunteering period is and how many hostels you have volunteered at, you always end up at Bergen Hostel Montana. Here we conclude the program with at follow up-theme, where you tell us about your experiences – highlights and downfalls (if any) – in order to further improve our program.

Here’s what a volunteering period of 11 weeks might look like:

Ex 11 weeks

Hopefully the volunteering period has given you confidence from a supportive environment, helped you developing skills which will be useful in your future employment or education – and provided you with an intercultural dimension useful in all aspects of life. Before we say goodbye you get your certificate stating that you during your period as social volunteer have acquired skills related to your personal, educational and professional development through non-formal learning: voluntary, planned learning that takes place outside the formal education system through active participation.
You can see more examples of volunteering periods here.


Practical information

Youth hostels are youth hostels – meaning there is no guarantee that you get your own room at every hostel. Or at any hostel for that matter. You may get a double room (another volunteer might be your roommate) but we will do our utmost so your stay will be a pleasant one.

Free board and lodging (meaning: food and accommodation) are part of the program throughout the entire volunteer period. Generally, volunteers cook in the common kitchen as part of the program. The volunteers will also get reimbursement for any reasonable expenses that he/she incurs when performing activities/tasks as part of the program.

Towels and linens are provided during your stay. Volunteers are also welcome to use the hostel facilities such as the communal kitchen, TV lounge, washing machines and internet. Facilities differ from one hostel to another.

A good way of getting to know Norway and make new friends – which are both essential parts of the program – is to spend a couple of days a week to explore the hostel surroundings and get to know the hostelers travelling through.


Not included in the program

International Airline tickets or fees related to travelling from home to destination (Bergen, Norway).

Travel and health insurance (a travel insurance that includes repatriation in case of emergency or death is required of ALL volunteers).

Costs associated with vaccinations and personal medications.

Personal expenses / Items for personal use.


Who can volunteer?

Our volunteer must be at least 20 years old and have no major health problems. He or she must have an open mind, be enthusiastic, outgoing and support aims and objectives of the program/the Hostelling International idea. Due to lack of facilities at the moment we are unfortunately not able to take wheel chair users.

Good English language skills are mandatory!

See if you need a visa to get to Norway.


How to apply for the Volunteer program?

If you have any questions concerning the social volunteer program, don’t hesitate to ask us by filling out the form below.
If you think that the social volunteer program by Hostelling International, Norway might be of your interest please apply (use the form below) for our Social Volunteer Contract consisting of The Info-Kit and The Volunteer Agreement. If you – after having read the The Social Volunteer Contract – want to volunteer send us your CV, a picture of you and a couple of words about yourself and why you think the social volunteer program will suit you just fine.


Ask a volunteer

Have a look at our Facebook page. See what the volunteers are doing – and feel free to comment and ask questions.