International Education Week | Educational Programs at HI USA

International Education Week

HI USA believes in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and cultures for a more tolerant world. We strive to empower a new generation of global citizens through experiential education, both in our hostels and in our communities.

In celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education that will be held November 19-22, 2019, HI USA will partner with community organizations and schools to encourage travel as an important part of all students’ education.

As part of our programming this year, HI USA hostels in several cities across the U.S. will host special Cooking as a Second Language (CASL) programs and other events. CASL programs allow participants to share culture, history, and perspectives through food. Under the guidance of a guest chef or culinary expert, participants can either make or share dishes from around the world while learning about their history and origins.

All programs are open to the public. Register below to reserve your spot at our special programs in honor of International Education Week in the following cities:


Cooking as a Second Language – Food and Culture Exploration

Friday, Nov. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

HI USA invites members of Boston’s academic community to blend networking, education, and cultural exchange into an exciting foodie experience featuring our highly popular Cooking as a Second Language program at HI Boston.


Cultures Collide: Fluid Borders & Intercultural Exchange

Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cultural Vistas and Hostelling International USA host a special evening with Richard C. Morais, the acclaimed author of the New York Times and international bestseller "The Hundred-Foot Journey" and the newly released "The Man With No Borders," exploring the complex issues around diversity and the immense blessings and very real complexities that occur when different cultures encounter each other.



Cooking as a Second Language – Serbian Food

Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:300 – 8:30 p.m.

Food connects and compels. With every bite, there is a story, a culture, and a moment to share. Join your fellow foodies as our community chef leads us in preparing a Serbian dish.


Washington, D.C.

Cooking as a Second Language – Jollof Rice

Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:45-8:30 p.m.

A signature dish in West Africa, various West African countries (i.e. Senegal,Ghana, Nigeria) have a version of jollof rice. Join us as we enjoy delicious Nigerian Jollof rice and smoked chicken prepared by Chisom Omabu, founder of 9jadelicacies blog, which has over 60,000 followers.


Los Angeles (Santa Monica)

Cooking as a Second Language - Salsa Tasting

Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6–8 p.m.

This evening will be focused on all things salsa! We will share the secrets of great salsa with our staff member, Judy.


New York City

Cooking as a Second Language – Pecan Pralines

Friday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

We will be making pecan pralines with our community “chef” Kim! We look forward to discussing cooking and sharing our cultures and personal experiences.


San Diego

Cooking as a Second Language – Chocolate Tasting

Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 7–8 p.m.

Join us as we sample chocolates made here in San Diego and from around the world. This is a casual event designed to provide an opportunity for people to meet and explore a food that is popular around the globe.


San Francisco

Cooking as a Second Language – Tea Tasting

Friday, Nov. 22 from 1-4 p.m.

Join HI San Francisco City Center for a guided walking a tour of San Francisco's Chinatown and a tea tasting.


Marin Headlands (Sausalito, CA)

Cooking as a Second Language Health Food and Hiking

Monday, Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m.

HI Marin Headlands is partnering with the Shanti Project for an evening of cultural exchange. HI USA invites members of the Bay Area's academic community to blend networking, education, and cultural exchange into a fulfilling evening by combining our Cooking as a Second Language and Outdoor Hostel Adventure programs.