My Name is Katie Gibson and about 10 years I set off to backpack around Australia, and from then on I was hooked!
Since then I have travelled around the usual backpacker trail: Australia, New Zealand, parts of Asia, America and Europe. I have had the opportunity to work in many different hostels around the world in varying roles and settings. I eventually settled in London and have for the past few years been running a large hostel and bar in the city centre.
I have, however recently left this position to run my own business which helps people looking for voluntary placements or internships within the backpacker industry. There are a few reasons I wanted to pursue this as a business:
A) I wanted to give people the opportunity to get real life working experience, not just hospitality courses, which I think are mainly ineffective in teaching the skills needed to run a hostel in comparison to hands on work!
B) I wanted to give people the chance to travel and work in a country that they might not have been able to afford or thought of doing without being offered the help. (placements are required to offer free accommodation to the interns and some meals if possible which is a huge saving on their resources)
C) I wanted to give hostels to opportunity to have access to free staffing of people who are focused and dedicated to learning and to this industry specifically.
There are SO many people wanting to open their own hostel, or at the very least work in this amazing industry. Like so many managers I know I started off at the bottom and was given an opportunity by a hostel who I am forever greatful to...I started with promotions, working for a bed and a meal, I have made beds along the way, fitted bathrooms, run pub crawls, started a cafe, organised fund raising, anything and everything because this is where my passion lies. There are many more people out there that need a foot in the door , a way in, a break to learn from the bottom as I honestly believe that the best way to be a part of this industry and to eventually be able to manage or own your own hostel is to learn it by doing it.
I know that many people are involved in this industry for the very same reason that they love it! And would like to give others the opportunity to be involved too, or get more people seeing more of the world. Please get involved!!
I am in a position currently however that I have more interns and volunteers than companies willing to take people on!!!!
I have people from around the world looking for a variety of roles from front desk, to housekeeping, to maintenance, to events, marketing, sales, IT, web design and many more....And I need hostels around the world to be involved.
So I am currently trying to get more hostels involved in this great opportunity to procure some voluntary staff.....please let me know if you are interested (you are not committed to anything if you are a company who is a partner, you simply get a list of requests which you are able to interview)
I look forward to hearing from you........