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 offered groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2015 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program. Qualifying groups of 10 or more people received one free night's stay (up to five nights) at an HI USA hostel for each day its members spent volunteering at least two hours in the surrounding community.
HI USA hostels provide 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)
HI USA helped ease the financial burden of service trips so that groups could focus on what's really important: helping the community, connecting with the world around, and spreading the word about service.
If you are interested in participating in Great Hostel Give Back in 2016 you can email your name, group name, number of people, preferred hostel, and preferred travel dates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include GHGB in the subject line, we will contact you when we are accepting applications for 2016 later in the year.