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Since 2013, Hostelling International has celebrated the UN International Day of Peace, through our campaign Sleep for Peace. Initiated by HI-USA, the campaign has steadily grown over the last 6 years and is now celebrated in HI hostels across the world, gaining strong support from the UN and UNWTO! Last year was our most successful year yet with over 6 million contributions across 29 countries, and we want you to help us inspire even more people this year.
Celebrating Hostellings Role in Peace
Our hostels play a vital role in celebrating peace and cultural awareness every single day, which is why we plan to share our campaign for the world, with the world on the International day of Peace (21st September).Inspiring young people to travel is easy. Inspiring peace in the world? Not so much… but they both have one thing in common: travel.
Help inspire others and be in with a chance of winning some top prizes.
All you have to do is share a story via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter showcasing your contribution to sustainable and/or peaceful travel using the #Sleepforpeace. Its as easy as that!
Four lucky winners will receive either one of two Eurail Interrail passes to travel across Europe or one of two GetYourGuide vouchers for tours and attractions of their choice. Check out the T&Cs here.
Also check out for our PicknMix cards in hostels on the 21st of September to send your first postcard for free courtesy of our partner MyPostcard
Breaking Down Cultural Barriers
This year we are celebrating hostellings role in peace building with a Culture Box Exchange! Twenty-five associations across 5 continents will take part, by exchanging boxes with culturally significant items to highlight unique aspects of the senders region. Our aim is to inspire a sharing of knowledge, a breakdown of stereotypes and to create meaningful connections with people from around the globe whilst we travel.
Big thanks to our generous partner, shipping service provider Eurosender for their contribution in sending the European Culture Boxes!
Empowering Young People Across the World
On the 21st of September, each association participating in the Culture Box exchange will host a youth panel, encouraging cultural learning and understanding and giving future influencing generations a platform to share their vision of a peace-positive world.
On the 6th of August we kicked off our #SleepforPeace campaign with a Peace Panel discussion held in Brussels. During the panel, we asked our guest speakers involved in youth empowerment, travel and hosteling, what peace means to them, how they contribute towards peace both personally and professionally and how it impacts us all as travellers.
Check out what peace means to each of our panelists
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