- Written by Dan
By Hostelling International / Photo by Hobolens
Passionate About Giving Back
Following an exciting adventure or two abroad, it often doesn’t take long upon returning home to miss that ‘out-exploring-the-world’ buzz.
Many people feel a certain emptiness after a travelling stint and this is the main reason people decide to get involved with volunteering for Hostelling International. It’s a way to fill that void and to stay in touch with the international community of travellers that stay in our hostels. It’s a way to give back that indescribable gift of a great global experience. Some volunteers are people who are passionate about their city, know it inside out, and want to show it off. Other volunteers are travel/tourism students looking for experience in a laid-back, international atmosphere. Whatever the reason may be, volunteers play a huge role in giving back to their communities through HI.
HI volunteers are often involved in enriching the Canadian experience for international guests. They help run Information Desks, they lead travellers on a wide variety of interesting tours, and they even do real physical labour, like choppin’ wood! There’s a million and one ways that volunteers donate their time and seemingly endless energy, and we are extremely grateful for all they do. As a not-for-profit organization, volunteers are in fact essential to the smooth operation of Hostelling International!
HI offers a comprehensive volunteer recognition program to ensure that volunteers are rewarded for their dedication and countless hours of involvement. This includes T-shirts, complimentary stays at our hostels and even lifetime memberships.
If you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands and think you might be interested in volunteering for HI, get in touch!