• 8 people are interested

Travel Scholarship Volunteer Evaluators Needed

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ORGANIZATION: Hostelling International USA

  • 8 people are interested

HI USA is looking for volunteers to assist in evaluating applications for our travel scholarship programs thoughout the year. We offer 3 different scholarship programs and volunteers can assist in grading for all or just one, whatever fits your schedule best.

Scholarships offered and the evaluation time period:

Explore the World

At HI USA, we believe that travel changes you so you can change the world. That's why we created the Explore the World Travel Scholarship: we want to help young Americans, regardless of financial need, travel experience, or location, to connect with other countries and cultures. https://www.hiusa.org/travel-scholarships/explore-the-world-scholarship

Grading occurs in: October/November

Explore America

HI USA's Explore America program helps young Americans with demonstrated financial need kickstart their travel dreams. https://www.hiusa.org/travel-scholarships/explore-america-scholarship

Grading occurs in February

IOU Respect

Eye-opening. Thought-provoking. Remarkable. Life-changing. IOU Respect is not just a trip -- it's a journey. It’s a diverse group of individuals from six partner countries -- the U.S., Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, and Tunisia -- coming together to discover their unique cultural differences and appreciate their undeniable similarities. IOU Respect breaks down barriers and helps participants build lasting relationships on a foundation of appreciation, respect, and understanding. https://www.hiusa.org/iou-respect

Grading occurs in March


Volunteers are asked to complete a HI USA application and attend one training on how to grade applications and how to use our grading system. Volunteers are given anywhere from 3-4 weeks to complete their grading which can be done at their own pace and on their own time. You can literally volunteer in your PJs! Grading for each scholarship takes about 5 hours total over the 3-4 week period, but this is also dependent on the pace of reading for each person.

Link to volunteer application for this opportunity (please complete if interested): https://hiusa.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/hiusa/projectList.jsp?query.project.id=151

Benefits of Volunteering with HI USA:

  • Meet new people from all over the world, including travelers, staff, and fellow volunteers
  • Help bring people together and facilitate cultural exchange
  • Build skills in public speaking, foreign languages, intercultural communication, and more
  • Earn HI USA membership and overnights at HI USA hostels
  • Training provided and flexible schedule
  • Have fun while making a difference!

More opportunities with Hostelling International USA

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Hostelling International USA


8455 Colesville Rd, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.


For more than 80 years, HI USA has been the country’s leading hostel brand. Our fun and affordable hostels are located in top cities and unique destinations: think converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, beach communities and national parks. We bring travelers together locally and from around the world, and that’s just the start. From local tours and curated travel experiences to events and experiential learning programs, HI USA strives to bring moments of cultural enrichment & understanding to everyone who stays with us or joins one of our events. We believe in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around - in fact, it’s our nonprofit mission.

We welcome your support! If you like our programming or hostels and wish to contribute, whether with your feedback, as a future speaker or with a donation, your help is appreciated. Please visit our website to contact us. You can offer a tax-deductible donation at hiusa.org/donate.


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, International


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.



  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 hours per grading period over 3-4 weeks.
  • Application and attend volunteer training once approved as a volunteer.

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