Groups earn free nights through community service, with the Great Hostel Giveback

Hostelling International USA is proud to announce the 3rd annual Great Hostel Giveback!

The Giveback honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service, by providing free stays of up to five nights to groups who complete community service projects during their stay.

MLK's holiday in January is more than just a day to recognize an extraordinary American leader -- it's also a national day of service that honors King's commitment to civic engagement and volunteer service.

During January and February 2013, 12 HI-USA hostels are offering free overnight staysto groups of ten or more, who commit to at least two hours of service per free night. This is a great opportunity to give back to a host community while traveling -- groups can get immersed in the local culture by cleaning up a State Park, volunteering at a school or soup kitchen, or supporting a community art or garden program. There are so many ways volunteers can get involved and help make a difference, and HI-USA is proud to offer free accommodation to these service-oriented groups!    

In addition to two hours of service, participating groups must also commit to hosting an activity at the hostel to benefit other guests -- such as a community meal or presentation about their service -- and to sharing their experiences at the hostel and in the community with HI-USA after their stay.

The 12 participating hostels span our region coast to coast, and are located in diverse communities with specific needs. For information about volunteering near the San Francisco City Center Hostel, check out Glide Church, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, and St. Anthony's Dining Room. You can also visit our Alternative Breaks guide for more volunteer information and opportunities.

For full details, including an online application form, visit the HI-USA website.

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Stay at the San Francisco City Center Hostel and join the Great Hostel Giveback.