The Great Hostel Give Back


Through January and February, HI USA offers groups FREE overnight accommodations in exchange for volunteer work in the surrounding community.


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Great Hostel Give Back photo collage of locations

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 each year in January and February, our Great Hostel Give Back Program offers groups of 6 or more an opportunity to receive one free night's stay (up to five nights) at a select HI USA hostel for each day its members spend volunteering at least two hours in the community surrounding the hostel.

HI USA’s lounges, kitchens, and dining rooms ensure plenty of opportunities to connect with other travelers. We invite your group to join in with our free events, tours, and activities to meet like-minded travelers and explore the hidden gems of the city.

Whether you are service group, a college group or just a group of friends wanting to visit somewhere new and give back to the community, apply now for the Great Hostel Give Back program and help us make the world a better place.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Great Hostel Give Back, groups must:

  • Have at least 6 members
  • Have a planned service opportunity in the local community surrounding the hostel that aligns with HI USA’s mission and values
  • Agree to participate in a hostel activity and Hostelling 101 session
  • Complete the online GHGB application
  • Please Note: Groups who have previously participated in the program, and completed the program requirements, may reapply for this year’s program.
  • Groups who did not fulfill the program requirements are ineligible to return for this year’s program

Application Process

  • Complete the online GHGB Application between now and February 15.
  • Selection will be based on group eligibility and hostel availability.
  • Within two weeks, the group will be notified of acceptance into the program.

Program Requirements

Please visit the Program Details section for detailed information about the eligibility requirements, application process, and program requirements.

Contact Us

For more information, please email us directly at For more information about future GHGB Programs, please join our mailing list.