The Great Hostel Give Back

At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the fifth consecutive year, we're offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program. Qualifying groups of 10 or more people are eligible to receive one free night's stay (up to five nights) at an HI USA hostel for each day its members spend volunteering at least two hours in the surrounding community.

HI USA hostels provide service groups with an excellent opportunity to meet and share their message with other individuals from all over the world: with community kitchens, lounges, and other common spaces, our hostels encourage guests from diverse countries, backgrounds, and age brackets to connect with and understand each other.

"Our group was able to stay in the area that they were serving. The group was able to make connections with people that they wouldn't have met...and be a part of the community at the hostel." – Candace Lim, group leader, Community Collaborations (2014 GHGB participants)

Let HI USA ease the financial burden of your service trip so that your group can focus on what's really important: helping the community, connecting with the world around, and spreading the word about service.

Please complete and return the application (PDF) to

Alternatively, you can email your name, group name, number of people, preferred hostel, and preferred travel dates to Please include GHGB in the subject line.