Intercultural Exchanges

In addition to the hostel stay, HI USA delivers engaging travel based experiences and programs to build connections between HI USA members, hostel guests, and the local communities near 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. These programs build awareness and appreciation of the local community in the minds of our guests and can inspire & empower our community members to follow their own travel dreams. 

Below are some of our current program offerings: 

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IOU Respect

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.