Work/Volunteer Opportunities

Current Positions are Listed at the End of this Page




If you have some free time on your hands, and would like to stay with us for a while (usually a minimum of 1 week, but we do make exceptions...), please continue reading.  If you are the type of person who, while staying in a hostel, will wash all of your own dishes and leave one dirty plate in the sink because "it wasn´t mine", then you should probably stop reading because these volunteer postions are probably not for you.

We are looking for people who are willing to dedicate about *5-6 hours per day to help at the hostel. *some exceptions apply.

Some of the duties might include: taking the dog for a walk, meeting and greeting guests, answering phones, washing the sheets, sweeping and mopping the floors as needed, cleaning bathrooms, taking out the garbage, staying awake in the evenings to keep an eye on things, cleaning out the fridges on a weekly basis, kitchen cleanliness upkeep, and maintaining general cleanliness and order of the house.  (We do have a cleaning staff so this would be to assist them or to help out if they are absent from work.)  One thing is for sure...your job won't be the same everyday!  We are flexible, and ask that you be flexible as well. 

You must speak English and for most longer term positions you should have at least an advanced beginner-intermediate level of Spanish.    Good personal hygiene and a clean, neat appearance is a must for all volunteers.  We also give preference to travelers who have already done some traveling in Panama, since offering tourist information and your opinions as a traveler in the area is an important part of the job. No other special skills are needed except for the love and admiration of the color PURPLE and our dog Cute-si.  Since you will be living here...you will naturally become part of our extended family.  You will be treated with honesty and respect and we ask the same of you!

For all of the below positions, we offer free dorm bed and a chance at the leftover food that guests have left. Please contact us first (email or facebook) since we normally don't guarantee you a job until we can meet you and so you can see first-hand what is involved.  We also ask you to be prepared to stay as a paying guest for a couple of nights at the beginning (again so you can see how the hostel operates with no obligations).  (If you end up staying for at least a month, we will return whatever you paid at the end of the volunteer period.)

This is an ideal learning opportunity for someone who is thinking of opening their own hostel or bed and breakfast.

Thank you so much for your interest!






Logan was a volunteer who stayed here for almost a month.  All he did, every day for that entire time was to watch TV in our living room, use his computer and get up for an occasional cigarette and bathroom break.  Every morning he would go to the Supermarket for 15 minutes and to the gym for an hour each day.  That’s it.  But he was the perfect volunteer to leave behind every afternoon as a Receptionist.  If you are this type of person, with no interest (or money) to leave the hostel, then consider this volunteer position.  Good English and Spanish necessary.



Tansy was an early riser and early to sleeper.  She also cleaned like a tornado.  So she was here for about 2 months doing a morning cleaning shift.  She was up at about 8am and done with her shift by about 1:00pm.  Then she was free to go out and explore the city and surrounding areas with all her afternoon’s off.  If you like to clean and would prefer your afternoons free, then apply for this volunteer spot. Good English and some basic Spanish necessary.



If you are THE GUSTAVO that means you are a night owl and would like to work the night Reception shift a few nights a week (Sunday for sure).    You would be awake in our common area, available to receive late new arrivals and wait for other guests who are out on the town.    Some of these guests will be coming in DRUNK so there is no question that on this shift you can’t be a partier or a drinker, you need to be completely sober to deal with whatever situation might arise.  You also need to be a bit older (30 years and up).  Preference given to males (or very big strong females, haha.)



Katie and Claire were two volunteers (at two different times) who eached stayed here for about 3 months and became our ONSITE LIVE-IN MANAGER while the owner took some time off.  This position involves a minimum 3 MONTH commitment. Male or female between 30-45. Intermediate Spanish and fluent English Necessary.   For this position you should be a non-drinker, non-partier. Private room, food allowance, perhaps a small salary or end of commitment commission payment based on the number of guests we have during that time. Current references required.



We are currently looking for a native Hebrew speaker to help the owner learn the language.  Pretty much 1-2 hours a day of formal “class” and then the rest of the time just offering help in speaking in natural situations while living in the hostel.    Very flexible schedule, details to be discussed when you apply.



We are currently looking for a volunteer who can offer some simple basic yoga instruction and/or massage to the owner of the hostel, specifically to help out with stretching exercises for some problematic tendonitis.   Very flexible schedule, details to be discussed when you apply.






We are currently looking for an artistically talented volunteer to re-do our “Welcome” mural on our entrance wall.  We provide the materials and some basic design points (yes, it needs to be completely shades of purple…), and you provide the creativity and talent.  Details to be discussed when you apply.



If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please email us at purplehousehostel@yahoo.com and put position title in the subject line.