A ‘cohort’ is a gang of people having a shared experience and our team is a gang of people sharing an experience so…
Constantly smiling, occasionally at loggerheads, meet Lee & Dan Strickland, husband and wife and owners of Cohort Hostel.
That’s Lee – almost continually on the phone, she deals with groups, schools, marketing and finance. Dan is the manager of Cohort Hostel, running ops, renovations and almost entirely focused on building stuff and working toward a plastic free St Ives.
Favourite destination: India (Dan); Argentina (Lee)
Meet legendary Asst. Manager David (you can call him Dave, he won’t mind). Supremely well travelled and very friendly you’d be hard pushed to find a country Dave hasn’t been to and he’s worked in hostels all over the world.
Surfer, gym bunny, motorbike rider and lover of all things spicy Dave has often been out in the ocean before most of us have had our morning coffee.
Favourite destinations: New Zealand, Japan & Colombia
Originally from Krupina in Slovakia Adriana is our receptionist extraordinaire. Adriana actually started her life in St Ives at Cohort Hostel, living here for a few weeks while she looked for a permanent residence – that was 3 years ago.
She wants you to know that she can’t live without chocolate (hint hint) and is haunted by horror films for weeks so no watching them on Netflix when she’s here please!
Favourite destination: Peru
Born and bred in Cornwall Laura can be seen dashing around the back roads of the county in her blue van; stopping occasionally to do a bit of gardening.
She loves unusual instruments (like, really unusual!), progressive rock, ales and rat babies – ask her nicely and she’ll show the film of her incredible jumping rat! Don’t talk to her about baking, Boris Johnson or maths, none of which she likes.
Favourite destination: Cuba
Lover of the ocean and clean beach evangelist Fee has just got back from India and is working with us for the summer.
Cornish born and bred (so no doubt the best person to get top tips from) Fee loves anything to do with design, from graphics and illustration to welding steampunk style furniture.
Ask her for the secret of the perfect ‘toad-in-the-hole’ or just ask her what that is if you’re not sure!
Favourite destination: Kerala, India
François is happy to have left the bright lights of Paris behind him to discover Cornwall in all its glory.
He is keen to improve his English so please corner him for a chat, especially about sports – even better if it’s motorcar racing or Rugby.
Favourite destination: Machu Pichu in Peru
Youn is from Brittany in France and is super happy to be in Cornwall for the next few months. He loves all kinds of music from classic to techno and is the first in the queue for concerts and festivals.
Super concerned about the environment and passionate about football he also plays the guitar and is up for a jam session if anyone is keen…
…we’ll definitely be cornering him to give us some tunes in the main lounge.
Favourite destination: Rome
Originally from Birmingham, Ben joins us fresh from Aston University where he just graduated in Business. He runs triathlons, is a singer/songwriter (check out his work here) and used to work for the police training dogs.
He dislikes laziness and loves surfing… he also has the biggest hands you’ve ever seen and massive feet (yes, he’s single!). On his day off you can find him in the water on Porthmeor Beach or just hanging out in our courtyard. [Photo by Floyd Norton].
Favourite destination: Port Douglas, Australia
If you’re keen to see your face on this page then drop us a line with your available dates, what you’re looking for and details of any relevant experience. We welcome volunteers and staff from all over the world.
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