6 REASONS TRAVELERS AND STUDENTS LOVE WORKING WITH SELINA HOSTELS

6 REASONS TRAVELERS AND STUDENTS LOVE WORKING WITH SELINA HOSTELS

Though her shift didn’t start until 9, she woke up at 7 that day.

Jacquelyn wanted to kick off her morning the best way she knows how: with a sun-drenched surf session in Playa Venao: one of Panama’s finest beach breaks.

 I love being able to wake up, walk outside, and hit the surf. I can usually get a good 2 hours of surf in before the work day even begins. And because the waves are so consistent here, if I sleep in I can still usually head out for an afternoon or evening sesh. Though, sometimes I’ll just chill on the beach or by the pool.”

Jacquelyn is one of the dozens of interns and volunteers working at Selina Hostels. She’s a traveler at heart, having set off from Montreal, Canada to journey through Latin America.“When I came across Selina Playa Venao, I fell in love with the area– the surf, the lifestyle, the people. So when I heard there was a work/trade program, it seemed like a no-brainer.”

Working with Selina Hostels


Those looking to work with Selina can choose between two paths: Selina volunteer programs and Selina internships.

  • For students, our Selina internship program is a fun and meaningful way to break into the hospitality and tourism industry, earn school credit, and gather valuable skills and connections that will help them on their career path.

There are other benefits to working with Selina Hostels, of course. Here, we dive into a few of them, with the help of some of our past and current interns and volunteers at Selina.

Reason #1: Live in Paradise.

Doesn’t everybody dream of living in paradise? With the Selina work program, you can wake up, live, work, and play in paradise– every single day.

Whether your version of paradise is the Caribbean hotspot of Bocas del Toro– with it’s many islands, beaches, rainforests to explore and thriving nightlife scene– or the beachfront paradise of Playa Venao– with it’s excellent year-round surf, laid-back beach vibe, and intimate community– you can experience what it’s like living in these dreamworlds full-time.

Everyone who visits our Selina locations falls in love with the atmosphere, the community, and the environment. A whole new level of connection, however, is reserved for those who experience living in these gorgeous destinations.

Reason #2: Growing with Selina.

Exceptional Selina volunteers and interns are the first in line for employment with Selina– a rapidly growing company with new locations opening every year.

Take Maiia Utkina, from Petersburg, Russia. Maiia started out as a intern at Selina Playa Venao in 2014. A year later, she works as assistant operational manager, responsible for helping with key operations for all the Selina branches, and frequently traveling between Panama City, Playa Venao, and Bocas del Toro.

“Selina has been a great way to start my career in my chosen industry, and in a new country. It’s different than other companies because we are like a family– we are all friends, we help each other, we like each other. And because it’s such a fast growing company, if you work hard you can grow with it. And then the opportunities are endless.”

With two Selina locations open in Panama, two more on the way, and plans to expand throughout the region, to work with Selina Hostels is to have access to a rapidly growing network of fun and unique hostels throughout Latin America.

Reason #3: Travel Often.

Not only does Selina’s many locations give you the opportunity to grow… you have endless opportunities to travel, too.

Maybe you start working at Selina Bocas, and after a few months decide to switch over to Selina Playa Venao. Or perhaps you take regular work breaks to explore other parts of Panama and Latin America.

Or perhaps you excel so much at your position, you get the first choice at the next Selina that opens up (with plans for Costa Rica, Colombia, and more on the horizon, you’ll have no shortage of options.)

Reason #4: Build a Global Network of Friends.

There are colleagues, and then there are families. Those working at Selina Hostels tend to fall into the second category, with volunteers, interns, and management forming friendships that far transcend typical work relationships.

After all, when you live and work together in paradise, where every day is an adventure (both on and off the clock,) coworkers become friends, and friends become family– fast.

As an added benefit, the staff at Selina are incredibly diverse. With volunteers and interns from all around the world, you’ll find yourself immersed in a multicultural and fascinating group of people– getting introduced to new languages, cultures, and perspectives.

Eventually, you’ll find yourself with a global network of friends from all around the world. Wherever your travels take in you in the future, there’s a good chance you can reconnect with someone from Selina.

Reason #5: Jumpstart Your Career.

If you’re looking to gain knowledge in the hospitality and tourism industry, you can’t beat the hands-on experience of working with Selina Hostels.

With a variety of departments to work in, from reception, customer service, cooking, bartending, maintenance, event management, and marketing– you can excel the department of your choosing, or amass a variety of skills by floating amongst all three.

Working with Selina, you have the opportunity to learn as much as you want about the tourism industry. If working in (or owning!) hostels, hotels, and resorts is a dream of yours, working with Selina will prove to be an invaluable experience.

Whatever your focus, you can feel confident that at the end of your time with Selina, you’ll have a lot more value to offer than you did before (if you ever let your time end, that is.)

Reason #6: Have an Unforgettable Experience.

Whether you’re with us for a month or a year, whether you’re here to make friends, surf daily, or gain industry experience, we can promise you one thing: that your time with Selina will be truly unforgettable.

Your life is meant to be a vibrant, deeply felt montage of unforgettable moments. We look forward to helping create those moments at Selina

WANT TO JOIN THE SELINA FAMILY?

Click below to learn more about our intern and volunteer programs, and to start your application process!


Though her shift didn’t start until 9, she woke up at 7 that day.

Jacquelyn wanted to kick off her morning the best way she knows how: with a sun-drenched surf session in Playa Venao: one of Panama’s finest beach breaks.

 I love being able to wake up, walk outside, and hit the surf. I can usually get a good 2 hours of surf in before the work day even begins. And because the waves are so consistent here, if I sleep in I can still usually head out for an afternoon or evening sesh. Though, sometimes I’ll just chill on the beach or by the pool.”



Jacquelyn is one of the dozens of interns and volunteers working at Selina Hostels. She’s a traveler at heart, having set off from Montreal, Canada to journey through Latin America.“When I came across Selina Playa Venao, I fell in love with the area– the surf, the lifestyle, the people. So when I heard there was a work/trade program, it seemed like a no-brainer.”

Working with Selina Hostels


Those looking to work with Selina can choose between two paths: Selina volunteer programs and Selina internships.

  • For students, our Selina internship program is a fun and meaningful way to break into the hospitality and tourism industry, earn school credit, and gather valuable skills and connections that will help them on their career path.

There are other benefits to working with Selina Hostels, of course. Here, we dive into a few of them, with the help of some of our past and current interns and volunteers at Selina.

Reason #1: Live in Paradise.

Doesn’t everybody dream of living in paradise? With the Selina work program, you can wake up, live, work, and play in paradise– every single day.

Whether your version of paradise is the Caribbean hotspot of Bocas del Toro– with it’s many islands, beaches, rainforests to explore and thriving nightlife scene– or the beachfront paradise of Playa Venao– with it’s excellent year-round surf, laid-back beach vibe, and intimate community– you can experience what it’s like living in these dreamworlds full-time.



Everyone who visits our Selina locations falls in love with the atmosphere, the community, and the environment. A whole new level of connection, however, is reserved for those who experience living in these gorgeous destinations.

Reason #2: Growing with Selina.

Exceptional Selina volunteers and interns are the first in line for employment with Selina– a rapidly growing company with new locations opening every year.

Take Maiia Utkina, from Petersburg, Russia. Maiia started out as a intern at Selina Playa Venao in 2014. A year later, she works as assistant operational manager, responsible for helping with key operations for all the Selina branches, and frequently traveling between Panama City, Playa Venao, and Bocas del Toro.

 Selina has been a great way to start my career in my chosen industry, and in a new country. It’s different than other companies because we are like a family– we are all friends, we help each other, we like each other. And because it’s such a fast growing company, if you work hard you can grow with it. And then the opportunities are endless.”



With two Selina locations open in Panama, two more on the way, and plans to expand throughout the region, to work with Selina Hostels is to have access to a rapidly growing network of fun and unique hostels throughout Latin America.

Reason #3: Travel Often.

Not only does Selina’s many locations give you the opportunity to grow… you have endless opportunities to travel, too.



Maybe you start working at Selina Bocas, and after a few months decide to switch over to Selina Playa Venao. Or perhaps you take regular work breaks to explore other parts of Panama and Latin America.

Or perhaps you excel so much at your position, you get the first choice at the next Selina that opens up (with plans for Costa Rica, Colombia, and more on the horizon, you’ll have no shortage of options.)

Reason #4: Build a Global Network of Friends.

There are colleagues, and then there are families. Those working at Selina Hostels tend to fall into the second category, with volunteers, interns, and management forming friendships that far transcend typical work relationships.



After all, when you live and work together in paradise, where every day is an adventure (both on and off the clock,) coworkers become friends, and friends become family– fast.

As an added benefit, the staff at Selina are incredibly diverse. With volunteers and interns from all around the world, you’ll find yourself immersed in a multicultural and fascinating group of people– getting introduced to new languages, cultures, and perspectives.



Eventually, you’ll find yourself with a global network of friends from all around the world. Wherever your travels take in you in the future, there’s a good chance you can reconnect with someone from Selina.

Reason #5: Jumpstart Your Career.

If you’re looking to gain knowledge in the hospitality and tourism industry, you can’t beat the hands-on experience of working with Selina Hostels.

With a variety of departments to work in, from reception, customer service, cooking, bartending, maintenance, event management, and marketing– you can excel the department of your choosing, or amass a variety of skills by floating amongst all three.

Working with Selina, you have the opportunity to learn as much as you want about the tourism industry. If working in (or owning!) hostels, hotels, and resorts is a dream of yours, working with Selina will prove to be an invaluable experience.



Whatever your focus, you can feel confident that at the end of your time with Selina, you’ll have a lot more value to offer than you did before (if you ever let your time end, that is.)

Reason #6: Have an Unforgettable Experience.

Whether you’re with us for a month or a year, whether you’re here to make friends, surf daily, or gain industry experience, we can promise you one thing: that your time with Selina will be truly unforgettable.

 

Your life is meant to be a vibrant, deeply felt montage of unforgettable moments. We look forward to helping create those moments at Selina


WANT TO JOIN THE SELINA FAMILY?

Click below to learn more about our intern and volunteer programs, and to start your application process!



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