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Great Hostel Give Back

Each January and February, HI USA offers groups of 6 or more a chance to earn free overnight stays at our hostels across the country in exchange for volunteer service in our communities. Whether you're an alternative break group, sports team, club, or simply a group of friends looking to give back, the GHGB is here to help you make your volunteering trip more affordable.

Here's how it works:

Travel

 

Choose your destination from participating HI USA hostels across the country. From major cities, to small towns and national parks, we offer a huge range of destinations coast to coast.

Volunteer

 

Before making your hostel reservation, arrange a volunteer project with a local organization in your destination of choice. Need help finding a volunteer project? Ask us for recommendations! For each day your group spends two or more hours volunteering locally, you’ll earn a free overnight stay with us.

Earn free stays

 

Our hostels offer up to five free nights’ accommodation while your group volunteers locally. During your stay, our lounges, kitchens, and dining rooms ensure plenty of opportunities for your group to connect with other travelers, and we invite you to join in with our free events, tours, and activities to explore the hidden gems of the city with us.

The application period for HI USA's 2020 Great Hostel Give Back program is now closed. Want to participate next year? Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when applications open for 2021.

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Here's why groups love the GHGB:

College of William & Mary CKI group

“The hostel gave us a comfortable space to relax and unwind at the end of each day, which definitely improved the quality of our work as volunteers. We also had the chance to hang out and bond more as a group.”

UC Denver alternative break group

“The volunteering (we did) was impactful and meaningful to the organizations we worked with, the local community, and the perspectives of participants. During our time at the hostel, everyone in our group met new friends from across the globe.”

CA Americorps Disaster Team

“Our team got a chance to interact with other groups and travelers from all over the world. It was also great to stay in the location of our service project - it really connected our members to the work they did.”