International Education Week | Educational Programs at HI USA

International Education Week

At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and cultures for a more tolerant world. Our mission revolves around empowering a growing number of global citizens through experiential education, both in our hostels and our communities.

In celebration of International Education Week from November 12-16, 2018, HI USA will partner with community organizations and schools to inspire new audiences to consider travel as part of their educational experience. In addition, we will host workshops on travel in our hostels in several cities across the US.

All of these events are free and many are open to the public; register below to reserve your spot!


Travel 101 Workshop: Women Traveling Solo

Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. - Noon

Join HI Boston and Wanderful for a very special Travel 101 workshop brunch as we explore the topic of Women Traveling Solo.


Travel 101: Demystifying Mexico

Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join HI Boston and travel writer Ray Bartlett for a fun talk and presentation that will demystify Mexico and have you racing to book tickets for your next trip!


New York City

Traveling While Queer

Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Come hear from our presenters as they discuss the joys and challenges of traveling while queer, and share their own tips and experiences. We will discuss everything from the intersection of identity around the country and abroad, to the empowerment and oppression one can feel when traveling.


Hostelling 101

Friday, Nov. 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

We will be discussing different types of hostels, what makes them a great way to travel, and the kinds of educational programs and activities that take place in hostels.


San Diego

Hostelling 101

Friday, Nov. 16 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Learn about the history and purpose of hostelling, Hostelling International worldwide and meet new people in a fun atmosphere.


Study Abroad 101 Workshops

In addition to the above programs, several of our hostels will be hosting Study Abroad 101 workshops during IEW 2018. These workshops help students prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime as they contemplate or plan participation in study abroad programs. Workshops will cover how to plan your dream study abroad experience and how to navigate funding sources. Workshops also include a chance to hear first-hand from people who have studied abroad themselves. Click the registration links below to reserve your tickets for Study Abroad 101 workshops in these cities:


Friday, Nov. 16 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.



Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.


New Orleans

Invitation-only event for students at the University of New Orleans.

Santa Monica

Invitation-only event.


While we are celebrating International Education Week with special events at select hostels, HI USA hostels offer educational programs year-round. From local tours and group meals, to travel and cultural education, there is an enriching experience for everyone.

Learn more about the programs that interest you here.