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Board Election FAQ

  • Opportunity to contribute to a high-functioning governance body pivotal to the success of HI USA
  • Opportunity to expand your professional network and learn from a diverse group of colleagues
  • Opportunity to help fulfill a meaningful mission

All Directors are unpaid volunteers. Travel expenses for board meetings are reimbursed.

  • A commitment to the power of travel in promoting inclusive and culturally aware worldviews
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to influence others to pursue a different path
  • Adaptability, flexibility, and the willingness to thoughtfully consider new information and perspectives
  • An established personal or community network to help further HI USA’s mission
  • A commitment to and appreciation of a collegial working team
  • There are currently 14 directors on the HI USA Board.
  • Critical to success is a Board of Directors representing diverse perspectives and leadership styles and drawing on a variety of backgrounds.
  • Meet our current board of directors here.

It is advantageous but not required to be a highly experienced traveler. HI USA seeks Directors who are passionate about the power of travel to promote inclusive and culturally aware worldviews.

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

HI USA Directors are elected for a 3-year term.

The Board of Directors meets four times a year over weekends. Currently it meets twice virtually, and twice in-person in various locations around the country. The Board also meets virtually as needed between quarterly meetings to address urgent or time-sensitive issues.

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. HI USA volunteers are eligible to apply.

  • Review the Call for Nominations for a description of candidate attributes and experiences identified as important for the incoming class.
  • Complete the application process including a personal statement, a résumé, and a statement of support from a professional or volunteer colleague.
  • Incoming Directors are elected by the current Board of Directors. Completed applications are reviewed by the HI USA Board Development Committee (BDC), which evaluates current director attributes and experience, and then endeavors to complement those attributes and experiences with the new class. Selected candidates are interviewed by two members of the committee. The BDC recommends a slate to the full Board.
  • Elections by the full Board will be held in December 2022.
  • Announcement of election results will be posted on  in March 2023.