HI-USA News

  • 10 Green Things You Might Not Know About HI-USA

    At HI-USA, we appreciate Earth Day as a reminder that we all share this world and that we all should have an eco-conscience. But we believe in being green all year long. Here are some green highlights you might not know about our network: 1. HI-Portland Hawthorne uses collected storm water to fill ...

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  • Coming Soon: HI-Richmond!

    Have you ever just wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle or explore somewhere new, but don’t want to travel far? HI-USA has great opportunities located not far from you! In the Mid-Atlantic region, you can explore history, take a hike, ride a bike or paddle down the river from HI-Harpers ...

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  • Voting for HI-USA’s At-Large Directors

    The nominations are in, and now it’s your chance to help shape the future of Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) by voting for At-Large Directors! Members will elect four At-Large Directors to serve a 1, 2, or 3-year term on the HI-USA Board of Directors. HI-USA members who meet the following ...

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  • Brand Refresh Update

    As part of our journey to Vision 2020, we recently kicked off the Brand Refresh project to create an updated, unified brand platform for HI-USA that will inform ongoing messaging, programming, and experience development across the organization. Driven by the values, attitudes, and behaviors of the 18-30 ...

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  • Northwest Region Onboarding Events Unify Region

    On January 28th and 29th, HI-USA staff from across the Northwest region gathered at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco for On-Boarding Events, celebrating the official unification of the Northwest region. The onboarding events included informative presentations and interactive dialogue, ...

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  • Cycling Tradition Alive in San Diego

    December 26, 2013, marked the start of the 57th Christmas Bike Trip. The annual event brought riders from around the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom, together to ride for six days and over 400 miles around San Diego County. Some riders have been participating for more than 20 ...

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  • Danny Case Named Northwest Director Of Operations

    HI-USA is pleased to announce Danny Case as the new Northwest Director of Operations. Danny brings over 15 years of food & beverage and hospitality experience and has worked his way up through numerous positions with HI-USA, including Café Franco Manager, San Francisco Food and Beverage Manager, ...

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  • February Job Announcements

    Director, Education & Experiential Learning – The Education Director will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing a multi-year education agenda and curriculum based on content which includes a variety of programs from introductory travel to cutting edge virtual and live adult ...

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  • 2014 Great Hostel Give Back Begins

    For the fourth year in a row, HI-USA is honoring its commitment to civic engagement and volunteer service with the Great Hostel Give Back. Throughout January and February, HI-USA offers groups free overnight accommodation in exchange for volunteer work. Groups commit to serving at least two hours per ...

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  • HI-USA Hostels and Volunteers Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

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  • HI-USA Successor Board Members Named

    At their December meeting, the HI-USA Transition Board of Directors elected a diverse slate of 14 candidates to be seated as the Successor Board of Directors in March. Additional seats will be filled in early 2014 to complete the Board and launch the unified organization. The 14 new Board members ...

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  • Golden Gate and Potomac Councils Unify!

    Two of HI-USA’s largest councils unified in December, the Golden Gate Council and the Potomac Area Council. We welcome them to the unified organization! The Golden Gate Council unified on December 31, transferring its eight hostels and over 100 employees to HI-USA on January 1. At a council board ...

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  • Stakeholder Forum Recap

    On Sunday, December 8th, the Transition Board of Directors held its annual Stakeholder Forum. At the forum, the Transition Board provided a recap of the year and answered questions submitted by HI-USA members. This year, for the first time, the forum was done “virtually,” and over 75 people logged ...

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  • Implementation Plan Update

    As a result of an organization-wide collaboration that included 350 staff and volunteers, HI-USA is pleased to announce the completion of the implementation plan - Planning the Extraordinary - for the five program strategies HI-USA adopted one year ago. This represents a major step toward realizing ...

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  • HI-USA Brand Refresh Update

    As part of our journey to Vision 2020, we recently kicked off the Brand Refresh project to create an updated, unified brand platform for HI-USA that will inform ongoing messaging, programming, and experience development across the organization. The Brand Refresh will be driven by the values, attitudes, ...

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  • Great Hostel Give Back Starts In January!

    The Great Hostel Give Back is here! Throughout January and February, groups of 10 or more travelers who commit to serving the community during their trip can stay for free, in dormitory-style rooms, at participating HI-USA hostels. Six groups, totaling 89 people, have already signed up to participate in ...

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  • IT Staff Growing With Addition Of Dipo Oladapo

    The Central Office welcomes Oladipo Oladapo (who goes by “Dipo”), to the IT team. Since starting in December he has already been helping to provide support with on-going projects for several hostels. Dipo brings a wide range of desktop and server technical skills, and has done IT support for ...

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  • Helmut Rueckert Named Senior Vice President for Programs

    Helmut Rueckert has been selected to be the Senior Vice President for Programs. He has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of the hospitality industry in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. Most recently, he served as the EVP of Hotel Operations at PMHS-Hospitality Strategies in ...

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  • HI-USA Members to Elect 4 Board Seats

    HI-USA is looking to its members to fill four At-Large Director seats for its Successor Board. With unification now substantially complete, the Transition Board is stepping down in late March for a Successor Board to take the reins. Now through December 15, members can nominate themselves or someone ...

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  • Ask the Transition Board of Directors

    As unification wraps up and the new organization is launched, we imagine you have a few questions. The Transition Board will have the answers at a virtual Stakeholder Forum during a two hour web cast on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. You can watch the broadcast from your own ...

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  • Get involved - Volunteer Facebook Page

    HI-USA volunteers across the network are invited to join the new HI-USA Volunteer Facebook Group. The group was created and will be managed by HI-USA, but is all about introducing and building on the passionate community of volunteers across the country. This online community of volunteers is able to ...

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  • Southwest Region Onboarding Events Unify Region

    On October 29th and 30th, Southwest Region staff gathered in Santa Monica and in San Diego for On-Boarding Events, celebrating its official transformation into a unified region. Staff from HI-San Diego Downtown, HI-San Diego Point Loma, HI-San Pedro and HI-Santa Monica were all in attendance. The ...

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  • Resource Development Director Announced

    Andrey Gidaspov has joined the HI-USA Advancement team as Resource Development Director. In this role, he will design and execute a comprehensive fund development strategy that supports HI-USA’s Vision 2020. Andrey brings a blend of business development expertise and nonprofit fundraising experience, ...

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  • Marketing Director Position Now Posted

    Are you an innovative leader with a deep background in digital marketing? If so, we’re looking for you! We are currently recruiting for the Marketing Director position based in our Silver Spring office. The Director of Marketing will collaborate with the Chief Marketing & Development Officer to ...

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  • Passionate Hostellers Sought for HI-USA Board of Directors

    Now accepting nominations of HI-USA members to fill 4 At-Large Director seats Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) is looking to its members to fill 4 At-Large Director seats on its Board of Directors. Now through December 15, members can nominate themselves or someone else, with the election to ...

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  • Sustainability Grant to Help 8 Hostels Earn Green Certification

    Last month we announced that HI-USA earned a top-three finish in a global contest, winning a $17,000 grant from Hostelling International to pursue our green initiatives. Now we’re excited to announce how these funds will be used: The 8 hostels that earned STEP Bronze Eco-Certification in our pilot ...

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  • Finding A Silver Lining to the Government Shutdown

    It’s no secret the government shutdown put a strain on three of our Bay Area hostels. HI-Marin Headlands, HI-Point Reyes, and HI-San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf were forced to close for up to two and a half weeks. Refunding more than 2,000 overnights combined, plus the combined loss of walk-ins ...

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  • Two Community-Driven Programs This Winter

    <p> With the goal of strengthening engagement with guests, volunteers, community-service groups, future hostellers, and our local communities, HI-USA is supporting two distinct programs this January and February: The Great Hostel Give Back and the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebrations. ...

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  • AGM from HI-Washington DC Promoted to Hostel Manager in Baltimore

    Please congratulate Navilia Rosario on her promotion to Hostel Manager at HI-Baltimore, just 45 minutes from her previous role as Assistant General Manager at HI-Washington DC. Although she grew up in New York, Navi was born in the Dominican Republic. Between high school and college she got her first ...

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  • Online Content Coordinator, Northwest Joins Advancement Division

    Please welcome Jessica Quandt as the new Online Content Coordinator supporting the Northwest Region. Jessica is part of the Advancement division and is based out of San Francisco, having just started on Monday, November 4. In her new role, Jessica will engage hostellers in social media and other digital ...

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  • Honoring a Longtime Supporter

    It is with great sadness that we share the news that Stephanie Rizzi passed away last month following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Like many of us, Stephanie began her connection with HI-USA as a volunteer, serving on the Board of the Los Angeles Council, including a term as President. She ...

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  • Give Back, Stay for Free

    For the 4th year in a row, hostels across HI-USA are participating in the Great Hostel Give Back. This initiative encourages community service by offering groups of 10 or more a free stay at a participating HI-USA hostel for each day they volunteer at least two hours, up to five nights, throughout ...

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  • $17,000 Grant Awarded to HI-USA Green Initiatives

    Worldwide vote determines Hostelling International grant recipients After more than 18,000 votes from around the world were cast, Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) earned 3rd place in Hostelling International’s (HI) competition that awarded funding for green initiatives. Open to all national HI ...

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  • First Unified Network Event a Success

    HI-New York staff members get ready for Sleep for Peace. In honor of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on September 21, HI-USA coordinated our first nationwide event as a unified organization, Sleep for Peace. With an emphasis on educating guests about the peace-building ...

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  • HI-USA’s Transition Is Moving Forward

    Over the weekend, the HI-USA Transition Board of Directors met in Portland, Oregon, and the unification process was top of mind. Elected in June 2011, the Transition Board was established to move the organization through the unification process. Once complete, the Transition Board will resign and ...

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  • Hostels Put Senior Leaders to Work

    For the first of what promises to be an annual program, senior leaders from HI-USA ventured to hostels across the country to work side-by-side with hostel staff to gain a better understanding of hostel operations. Coined “Leaders in the Field,” this year’s program was held during the week of ...

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  • Thank You, Mark Vidalin and Tony Fenske!

    After teaming to deliver marketing and communication leadership and support for HI-USA, Mark Vidalin and Tony Fenske are leaving the organization to pursue new professional opportunities. During his more than 10 years as Marketing Director, Mark has seen the organization through several ...

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  • Run in the Name of Hostelling

    If you enjoy running marathons or have always been inspired to take one on, you have to make your way to Santa Monica for the only SoCal marathon team that combines running with hostelling – and raises money for a good cause. Now in its 19th year as an Official Charity, Team HI is hitting the pavement ...

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  • The Latest in the Blogosphere

    Bloggers are people like you, who love to travel and share their experiences. From tips to reviews to personal stories, here’s what some of backpacking’s most prominent bloggers have to say about hostelling with HI-USA: Thank God for Small Adventures Marian Schembari It’s shocking how ...

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  • Help HI-USA Win $30,000 for Green Initiatives

    All we need is your vote for the chance to win up to $30,000 from Hostelling International (HI) to pursue eco-certification at 10 hostels in our network. We’re up against 14 other programs from around the world and every vote counts! This grant is part of the HI Sustainability Fund, which launched ...

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  • T-Shirt Design Contest Offers $250 Cash Prize

    Winning design distributed to Hostelling International USA volunteers July 30, Silver Spring, MD: Throughout the month of August, designers of all skill levels and backgrounds are invited to enter the first ever Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) volunteer t-shirt design contest. The contest is ...

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  • 2 Community Engagement Managers Hired for Southwest Region

    Shortly after the unification of the Southwest Region, two Community Engagement Managers were recruited for the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Tasked with ramping up awareness and involvement with the community, these two new members of the team bring a wealth of knowledge and ideas to the areas where ...

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  • HI-Boston, A Modern Eco Friendly Hostel!

    Read Big Blog Exchange winner Sara Rodriguez’s post on Mindful Travel about her recent stay at HI-Boston. It’s a great feature on the many green aspects of the hostel and has some fantastic ...

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  • Recruiting For Technology Support Coordinator

    The Central Office has recently opened a Technology Support Coordinator position. This candidate will play a key technology support role across the network, setting up and training new users on Windows and Google Apps, troubleshooting operational issues, and managing support calls using ticketing ...

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  • GM Named Applications Systems Manager

    After 12 years working at HI-Boston, HI-San Francisco, and most recently at HI-San Francisco City Center as General Manager, Sam Hussein has accepted a position with the Central Office as Application Systems Manager. In his new role, Sam will provide support for existing property management systems, ...

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  • Fifth and Final RVP Announced

    With the appointment of Sue Schaffner as the Regional Vice President of the Southwest Region, all five regions of the unified organization now have leadership in place. Sue takes on this role following 10 years serving as the Executive Director of the San Diego Council, where she oversaw the hostels in ...

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  • Syracuse Council Unifies Today

    Two of the four Northeast Region councils – Syracuse and Eastern New England – have now unified, with the Yankee Council soon to follow. All nine hostels in this region have already transitioned to the new organization, and have been working under the leadership of Regional Vice President Deborah ...

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  • Sustainability Milestones Sweep the Network

    Since last June, 15 hostels in the HI-USA network self-selected to take part in a pilot program involving eco-certification and green house gas management, better known as STEP. An acronym for Sustainable Tourism Educational Program, STEP is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) ...

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  • A New Approach to NAMM

    For the first time, management, engagement, and marketing staff from HI hostels in Canada, Mexico, and the USA joined together for the North American Manager’s Meeting (NAMM), accompanied by colleagues from Germany and Argentina. Held February 24-28 in Boston, the conference paired informative ...

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  • Provoking International Exchange Program Seeks Young Adults

    Hostelling International to host 2-week program in Germany exploring cultural divides Ever wonder what the people in countries who dress differently, eat differently, and have different religious beliefs are actually the like?  Not based on those traits, but on what it’s really like to walk ...

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  • Recruiting Now: Accounting & IT

    The accounting and IT departments each opened a new position this past month, and applications will be accepted for at least 30 days from the date they were posted. In accounting, a Senior Accountant is being recruited. This person will work collaboratively with other members of the finance team in ...

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  • A Year of Operational Upgrades

    To support a robust unified organization, our infrastructure also needs to be robust.   Throughout 2013, a wide range of operational improvements will take place to ensure our staff has the technology and resources to work efficiently, as well as receive enhanced benefits to support their ...

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  • 7 Reasons it’s Easy to Find Love at a Hostel

    If you’re single and it’s bumming you out, your perfect match may be closer than you think – literally.  Throughout the U.S., in small towns and major cities, are hostels, which are havens for single travelers from all over the world who just want to meet other people and have a good ...

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  • Greenest Hostel of 2012 Awarded to HI-Boston

    Recognized out of more than 4,000 Hostelling International properties worldwide December 5, Cologne, Germany: At Hostelling International's (HI) annual HI-5ives! Awards ceremony, HI-Boston was honored with the first ever Green Hostel award.  Only five HI-5ives! are granted each year, ...

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  • CEO Russ Hedge’s Blog Goes Mobile

    Russ Hedge’s blog has been re-launched with more than a simple facelift. With a view to further widening readership, the new layout loads more quickly and looks just as great on your smartphone as it does on the desk top. Bigger images and text bring focus to content. It’s all a part of ...

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  • Lisa Reed Joins HI-USA as Controller

    Please help welcome Lisa Reed as HI-USA’s new Controller, based out of the Silver Spring office. Lisa comes to us with over 20 years experience in accounting and financial management. In addition to her impressive financial background, she has also worked with young adult-focused organizations ...

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  • Turkeys in Cambria

    Each & every grave is unique, yet all lend a wanderer a sense of peace & nostalgia.” A stop along the infamous Highway 1, the quaint town of Cambria has much to offer in the ways of creatures. They range from the mighty elephant seals dotting the beaches, and ever-elusive mountain lion ...

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  • HIWay Profile - Russ Hedge

    Russ Hedge is the CEO of HI-USA and is our new HIway Profile. At the 2011 CEO Meeting, Russ gave an inspiring presentation on building a new worldwide hostelling movement. Here on HIway, find out more about this and what the future holds for HI-USA, plus we discover what inspires Russ to write his CEO ...

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  • HI-Richmond Hostel

    Richmond, Virginia, will soon have its own HI-USA hostel, introducing travelers to one of the first English colonies and the capital of the Confederacy. The new hostel, slated to open in 2015, is within the Monroe Ward National Historic District and across the street from the City of Richmond Main ...

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  • HI-Monterey Bay Eco-Hostel

    Just a few miles north of Monterey, California lies the city of Seaside home of the former military base, Fort Ord. A prime example of the “Swords to Ploughshares” effort to convert decommissioned army bases to new non-military uses, Fort Ord is now home to a new campus of California State ...

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