One thing we’ve learned about hostelling is that there’s always a chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the different kinds of people that you meet. Folks from all walks of life tend to flock to hostels, where they can share stories and experiences with people who they may not have met in ordinary life.
At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.
What is GHGB?
Each year, HI USA’s Great Hostel Give Back program give hundreds of participants from dozens of groups the chance to stay for free at HI hostels across the country in exchange for volunteer service hours. From volunteering in soup kitchens to participating in environmental clean-ups, this year’s participants will donate thousands of hours of their time to good causes in our diverse communities.
You know how when you see a cute baby seal in pictures or in real life you wish you could just pick it up and take it home? Since you can’t actually do that, we did the next best thing, which was to adopt two young Pacific Harbor seals from the Marine Mammal Center.
At HI USA, we firmly believe that travel has the power to transform. Meeting new friends from other cultures, participating in the customs of an unfamiliar country or city, and integrating ourselves into the local community are irreplaceable experiences, and ones that help us to better understand the world around us. And the most rewarding travel experiences of all are those that allow us to affect the communities we visit just as positively as they do us.