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Help Support Local Communities by Taking Part in A Volunteering Project

Volunteering - Supporting local communities

Volunteering with Hostelling International can be a rewarding and enriching experience, allowing you to give back to the community while also enjoying the benefits of cultural exchange and, of course, travel. Here are some reasons why volunteering with HI could be a great choice for you:

Cultural Exchange

HI hostels attract travellers from all over the world, providing a unique opportunity to share ideas, traditions and knowledge. As a volunteer, you’ll have the chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds, share your experiences, and learn about different cultures.

Community Impact

HI is committed to creating a positive impact on local communities. Volunteering with them allows you to contribute to community development projects, environmental initiatives, and social programs that benefit the places you visit all over the globe.  

Personal Growth

Volunteering often leads to personal growth by pushing individuals out of their comfort zones and exposing them to new challenges. It’s an opportunity to develop skills, enhance your self-confidence, and gain valuable experiences that can benefit you in various aspects of life.

Affordable Travel

Many volunteering opportunities with HI come with perks such as free or discounted accommodation, meals, and sometimes even local transportation. This makes it a cost-effective way to travel and explore new destinations.

 

Sustainable Tourism

Hostelling International promotes sustainable and responsible tourism. By volunteering with them, you contribute to the organisation’s efforts to minimise the environmental impact of travel and promote responsible tourism practices.

Flexible Commitment

HI offers a range of volunteering opportunities with varying time commitments. Whether you have a few days, weeks, or months to spare, you can find a project that fits your schedule and interests. Check out our network for frequent website updates on possibilities with the individual youth hostel associations too.


Visit our Jobs & Volunteering page to get started on this amazing journey, or contact your local Youth Hostel Association. They will be able to tell you about any ongoing projects, application processes, and available positions. Whatever you are interested in, volunteering with Hostelling International can be a fulfilling way to make a positive impact on the world.

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