Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider becoming a board member?

  • The HI USA Board of Directors is pivotal to our success, defining our organization's impact and scope, and ensuring we meet our commitments to those we serve. It is an opportunity to have a voice in the future of HI USA.

Is a HI USA board member a paid position?

  • All board members are unpaid volunteers. Travel expenses for board meetings are reimbursed.

What makes a great board member?

  • Someone who has a passion for hostelling and HI USA’s mission
  • Someone with strong leadership skills and the ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Someone who can influence others to pursue a different path
  • Someone who is adaptable and flexible, who thoughtfully considers new information and perspectives
  • Someone with a personal or community network to help further our mission
  • Someone who values a collegial working team

Who else is on the Board of Directors?

  • There are currently 19 directors on our board.
  • HI USA’s Board of Directors should reflect a diversity of backgrounds. We promote hostel travel and intercultural understanding in a world whose people reflect a range of human qualities, including race, ethnicity, culture, political and social worldviews, religious and spiritual understandings, language and geography characteristics, gender identities and sexual orientations, learning and physical abilities, age, and socio-economic groups.

Do you need to have a lot of travel experience to apply?

  • It is not necessary to be a highly experienced traveler. HI USA seeks a Board of Directors that is passionate about our mission and offers diverse perspectives.

If I paid my daily membership fee at the hostel, can I apply?

  • No, you must be a paid life or annual member in order to apply for the Board of Directors. If you are not a member, it’s easy to join online.

How long is a term on HI USA’s Board of Directors?

  • HI USA directors are elected for a 3-year term.

How often do board meetings occur?

  • The Board of Directors typically meets in-person four times a year over weekends in various locations around the country. The Board also holds meetings by conference call as needed to address time-sensitive issues between quarterly meetings.

Can employees apply?

  • To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, employees, agents, or representatives of HI USA or any of its affiliate hostels are not eligible to become members of the HI USA Board of Directors. However, HI USA volunteers are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

  • Review the Call for Nominations for a description of candidate attributes and experiences which our Board Development Committee has identified as important for the incoming Board class.
  • Complete the application process by preparing a personal statement, a personal resume, a photograph, and a statement of support from a professional or volunteer colleague.

How are Board members elected?

  • By our Board of Directors. Your completed application will be reviewed by our Board Development Committee, which is charged with considering all eligible candidates and recommending a slate of six to be elected by the Board. Each candidate will be interviewed by two members of the committee. HI USA elects all directors using this method. (A direct member vote is no longer used.)
  • Elections by the full Board will be held during a teleconference meeting in early January 2019.
  • Announcement of election results will be posted on www.hiusa.org later in January.