Walking Tour Guide for Hostel Guests


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1436 2nd StSanta Monica, CA 90401
Group enjoying the Venice Beach Tour


Walking Tour Guide

Hostelling International Santa Monica

Overview: Local volunteers offer a unique insider’s perspective to our hostel guests. By leading walking tours, volunteers create the opportunity for hostellers to learn more about the historical and cultural relevance of the area and have a one on one encounter with a local expert. All tours will start at the Hostel located on 2nd street in Santa Monica.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a group of hostellers on a local area walking tour.

  • Speak about specific points of interest.

  • Research and develop (add to) historical and culturally accurate script.

Qualifications: No experience necessary. We can train you to lead the tours and provide the route information and talking points!

Downtown Tour

We are seeking volunteers to lead 1 or 2 tours a month of Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown is an up and coming, yet culturally significant area of Los Angeles that most tourists will never get to see without a tour like this. You will gather guests at the Hostel and head downtown via the Big Blue Bus or Expo Line. Once there, you will provide a nice walking tour of many of the important sites of the area including: Disney Concert Hall, Olvera Street, Grand Central Market, Angel's Flight and more.

Venice Beach Tour

We are seeking volunteers to lead 1 or 2 tours a month for the Venice Beach tour. You will gather guests at the Hostel, take them to Venice and walk down the strip with them while providing information for them on such things as: Muscle Beach, the art walls and the skate park. You will end at the canals and make sure guests get back safely at the end.

Malibu Tour

We are seeking volunteers to lead 1 or 2 tours a month to Malibu. You will gather guests at the Hostel and take the bus to Malibu. You will take them to: Malibu Pier, Zuma Beach and the Malibu Country Mart. Itinerary and talking points provided.

New Tours

If you have any ideas for additional tours, let us know!


If interested, please complete the Become a Volunteer form and the Online Orientation here: https://www.hiusavolunteers.org/

Our Mission is to "help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling."

Benefits of Volunteering with HI USA include:

-Earn free HI USA Membership and dorm overnights

-Meet other travel enthusiasts, make new friends!

-Opportunity to share and utilize your skills and talents

-Professional and personal growth


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per week
  • You must love to have fun and be friendly.

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