The Great Hostel Give Back

2016 Testimonials

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program - HI Austin

Habitat for Humanity participating in the Great Hostel Give Back

The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program had 22 AmeriCorps members travel from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Austin, Texas. For their volunteer program, the group built homes and fences for the Austin Habitat for Humanity.

One group member shared that the experience was a “great way to get to know Austin and meet other travelers in the area. Location is on point.” Another group member wrote, “I was able to meet some very interesting people who were also staying at the hostel.”

Alternative Bronco Breaks from Western Michigan University - HI Richmond

photo of volunteers at Adult Day Services and the Richmond Animal League animal shelter photo of Great Hostel Give Back volunteers at the HI Richmond Hostel

The Alternative Bronco Breaks from Western Michigan University visited Richmond, Virginia from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The members divided into two service groups; one group volunteered at Adult Day Services and the other group volunteered at a local animal shelter. For their hostel activity, the group participated in a local tour hosted by HI Richmond. Through the tour, group members were able to learn about the history and important sites in Richmond, while meeting other travelers visiting the hostel.

Master of Science in Hospitality Management Club (Cal Poly Pomona) - HI San Diego Downtown

group of volunteers participating in the Great Hostel Give Back

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management Club at Cal Poly Pomona in Los Angeles visited San Diego and volunteered at an non profit called Urban Angels. The members served dinner to individuals involved in a housing program designed to reduce homelessness.

Rutgers University - HI Washington DC

three volunteers participating in the Great Hostel Give Back

The Rutgers University group visited Washington DC from New Brunswick, NJ. The group of students volunteered with two separate organizations including Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and A Wider Circle, which focuses on ending poverty.

They continued to serve as part of their hostel activity, the group prepared a communal meal for the hostel guests in honor of Martin Luther King Day. They were able to sit down with guests from all over the world to share the meal.