YHA Volunteer Managers Hostel Guide
Welcome to the Volunteer Managers small hostel guide. In this guide we will share with you the fantastic destinations where you can give your time as a Volunteer Manager. You can visit the main YHA website on www. yha.org.uk for further information about all of the hostels listed in this guide, including pictures, location details and information about what to do in the local area. Each of our small hostels is unique. This guide will provide you with a description of the hostels available to you as a Volunteer Manager, and will help you choose the right hostel for your volunteering stay. Volunteer Managers are vital to the work of YHA as a hostelling charity; without you, we couldn’t keep our network of small hostels available for the enjoyment of all, especially families and young travellers. As a Volunteer Manager you have an amazingly important role – you help the thousands of people visiting our small hostels each year to explore new locations and create happy memories.
The role of Volunteer Manager Volunteer Managers are the heart and soul of our small hostels and manage the day to day running of these special places. Our volunteers support guests and help them to make the most of their hostelling experience; whether it’s checking guests in and out, cleaning bathrooms, bedrooms
and communal areas or keeping basic paper based recording up to date. To find out more about being a Volunteer Manager, please contact the Volunteering Team or download the Volunteer Manager Essential Guide from our website on www.yha.org.uk/ volunteering.
Staying in touch If there is anything you are not sure about, please contact a member of our Volunteering Team on 01629 592 562 or email us on [email protected]
You can keep up to date about all things volunteering by liking our Facebook page (yhavolunteering).
Regional Coordinators YHA is very lucky to have the help and support of our volunteer Regional Coordinators and Volunteer Trainers who help us to organise and manage this very special programme. Regional Coordinators are the contacts you will use to book on to your volunteering week. Each Coordinator manages a set geographical area. When booking your volunteering, we would encourage you to make use of the knowledge and experience that the
Regional Coordinators have. All of our Regional Coordinators have experience of small hostels and can really add value to your volunteering experience.
Booking your stay Annually (in late November) YHA releases the availability to volunteer for the following year to trained Volunteer Managers. This is sent to you using the contact information you gave us when you applied to volunteer. If your address or email changes, please do let us know so we can stay in touch. If we have any additional volunteering vacancies, these are emailed out on a Wednesday, direct to your inbox. We only email out on a Wednesday when we have opportunities to share. To volunteer at a hostel, please contact the Regional Coordinator, whose details are listed at the end of this guide.
Expenses Volunteer Managers can claim up to a maximum of £55 to help with travel costs incurred on the return journey from your home to the hostel. If two managers are travelling from different locations, this expense is shared. Expenses are paid via BACS straight in to your bank account. To claim, you will need to complete an expense claim form and return it with your travel receipts attached to the Regional Coordinator. You can obtain a copy of the expense form from the Regional Coordinator, or by contacting the Volunteering Team.
Pets Please be aware that YHA does not allow pets to stay at our sites, the only exception is registered assistance dogs. If you are supported by an assistance dog, please make the Regional Coordinator aware when you book, so we can make the necessary arrangements at the hostel.