The Meander Taipei Hostel

DONE BY: James Larochelle | Milton Academy '16, University of Maine '21 | Milton, MA 

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: www.workaway.info 

LENGTH: 4 weeks

SHORTEST POSSIBLE WORK COMMITMENT: 4 weeks 

LOCATION: Taipei, Taiwan 

FUN: ★★★★☆ (FUN OF THE JOB ITSELF: ★★☆☆☆)

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: One of the following shifts: 

  • 6:00am~11:00am: breakfast shift 
  • 10:00am~3:00pm: morning housekeeping
  • 2:00pm~7:00pm: afternoon housekeeping 
  • After work: free time in the city 

TYPES OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

Cleaning, cooking, sight seeing/exploring new restaurants/new corners of the city during free time 

IN EXCHANGE OF 25 HOURS OF WORK/WEEK, PROVIDES: 

  • 1 bunk in the dormitory 
  • Breakfast every day 

TOP TIPS: 

  1.  Save up a lot of money. The more money you have, the easier life there will be
  2.  Try to go out into the city for at least 3-4 hours to somewhere you’ve never been. Keep trying new activities offered around the city & new restaurants 
  3.  Don’t be afraid to try the street food/ food from stalls on the side of the street; the food hygiene standards in Taiwan are quite high, so you most likely won't get sick! 
  4. Don't be afraid to just talk to people on the street. I got a lot of people who asked if I was American and wanted to take pictures with me. Taiwan isn't a huge western vacation spot, so they don't often see white people--so when they saw me, they just wanted to talk.
  5. Use the metro. It's super easy! 

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

Financial responsibility. It’s super easy to spend more money than you have. Luckily, I don’t have a credit card, so I didn’t go into debt—but it’s so easy to spend money and then run out. I recommend not bringing a credit card at all so that there's less risk of spending too much. 

MORE NO-CRAP TALK: 

If you don't like cleaning, don't go; most of the work involves cleaning/housekeeping. 

 

Jiyoung Jeong