HI USA Educational Programs

HI USA delivers engaging programs to HI USA members, hostel guests and the local community around our hostels. From free travel workshops to educational programs, concerts, tours and film screenings, our community engagement staff and fabulous volunteers deliver activities and events, designed to bring together hostellers and the local community. All designed to make your stay a memorable one

In addition to the hostel stay, HI USA offers other travel based experiences and programs to bring people together in intercultural understanding for a more tolerant world:


Community Hostelling Fund Travel Scholarships

Travel Scholarships

HI USA established the Community Hostelling Fund to help make life-changing travel experiences more accessible by awarding scholarships to assist with the cost of travel. Our travel scholarships are currently available in 13 metropolitan areas around the country where HI USA has a community presence.


Great Hostel Give Back

Great Hostel Give Back

The Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) is a program that supports the HI USA mission by donating free hostel stays in January and February to groups of 8 or more who do service work that will benefit the community surrounding the hostel.



Sleep For Peace

Sleep For Peace

On September 21st HI USA, together with HI hostels across the globe, celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace with intercultural exchange activities in hostels and the surrounding communities.



IOU Respect

IOU Respect: Intercultural Exchange

IOU Respect is a two-week, intensive, cultural exchange program, bringing together participants from 6 different counties to explore their cultural differences and appreciate their undeniable similarities.


Also check out our hosteltravel, cultural and education programs and join the HI USA community of travelers, united by a spirit of discovery. We share a passion for travel and a desire to come together to learn more about our world, each other, and ourselves.