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Volunteer MatchBeen there, done that? You've seen the world and now you want to share it! The perfect way to do this is through volunteering at Hostelling International-USA.

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Our philosophy about volunteers: "Volunteers are an essential part of the hostelling movement, playing a key role in sharing their own life experiences and passion for travel with hostellers locally and from around the world. HI-USA volunteers will be vital contributors to the future of hostelling by providing innovative ideas, resources, and serving as hostelling ambassadors in their local communities."

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Volunteer Philosophy

HI-USA is proud to announce the new Volunteer Philosophy. The philosophy was created with the assistance of staff in the field who support volunteers and HI’s Senior Leadership Team. Having a volunteer philosophy is a best practice among successful volunteer programs is a great step towards recognizing the important role volunteers play in our agency. In addition, the Volunteer Philosophy honors the hard work of volunteers and hopefully lets volunteers know how much HI-USA appreciates their contributions.

As a step towards living the new philosophy HI-USA is asking every hostel in the HI-USA network to post this Volunteer Philosophy in an area where volunteers will regularly see it. This may be at the front desk, in the break room, on a prominent wall, etc. The philosophy will also be present on the website, along with the new Volunteer Handbook (soon to come!), so that everyone is aware of it.

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