Hostelling International Boston

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • International


19 Stuart StreetBoston, MA 02116 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


Who We Are

We bring travelers together in the largest hostel network in the USA, but that’s just the start: from local tours and experiences, to experiential learning programs, HI USA strives to bring moments of cultural understanding to our guests and community members. HI USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, member-based organization that reinvests our surpluses back into our hostels and programs so they can have an even greater impact, year after year.


Would you recommend Hostelling International Boston?
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by Yemil S. (September 7, 2014)
Delivering a presentation for traveling to Japan was an amazing experience. As someone who wants to speak in front of people for a career someday, this opportunity gave me the confidence to know that it was not only a dream to go in front of people, but a reality. I appreciate everything that Paul Kuhne has done to help prepare me in my journey. After delivering that presentation, it has cultivated my interest to volunteer more at Hostelling International.
by Melissa A. (July 28, 2014)
Volunteering at HI for the past seven months has been such a great experience. I lead the Harvard tours on Saturday morning, and it's been fun meeting, exploring, and sharing with all the guests. I've made some great friends and have had some wonderful conversation. It's a really fun way to spend part of my Saturdays, and I learn so much each week. It doesn't hurt that the rest of the HI staff is super friendly and fun!
by Jillian Z. (June 5, 2014)
Volunteering with HI-Boston over the last few months has been an AWESOME experience. I get to meet incredible people from around the world and share my city with them, and even though I’m not physically in theirs (yet!), the stories and conversations between everyone make it feel like it is an equal exchange. I’m a strong believer of having authentic travel experiences… sure, seeing the city and doing the “touristy” things are great, but, in my opinion, making personal connections wherever you are makes the experience so much more powerful. Some of the best experiences I have had traveling were so extraordinary because I got to make this connection with people who actually lived where I was visiting. Being able to be part of that experience for someone else is incredible, and I wouldn’t be able to do that without being an HI volunteer.
by Nancy H. from BROOKLINE, MA (May 29, 2014)
I love volunteering at HI-Boston. I enjoy meeting people of all ages from around the world—everywhere from Connecticut to Japan! It is fun to show them around the city that I call home. Not only are the guests friendly and appreciative, but the staff are also! I can't say enough great things about the staff. They make all volunteers feel appreciated and part of a team.
by Jessie P. (May 26, 2014)
Volunteering at HI-Boston as a tour guide has been a deeply rewarding and eye-opening experience. There's no better way to learn and connect with your own city than to see it through the eyes of visitors, and HI Boston really takes their mission statement to heart with all its various programs and tours. The hostel itself is absolutely gorgeous, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the volunteer and event coordinators are supportive enthusiastic. You really can't ask for a better team. With the help of the coordinators I was able to develop my own tour for HI Boston, and had the flexibility to tailor the tour to suit each group that I led through the city. It's a really wonderful experience to be able to share your interests with people from around the world, and I really enjoy being a part of such an awesome team of fun and interesting individuals.
by Mitchell D. (May 24, 2014)
Volunteering at Hostelling International has been a great experience. Paige was very welcoming and informative. All the staff have been very friendly and helpful. I went on 2 tours to become familiar with the setup. And I have now done 3 MFA tours on my own. I love telling people about Boston, and the visitors have been very friendly and interesting. I am very happy that I chose this volunteering opportunity. I only hope to be able to do more extensive tours in the future.
by David T. (May 22, 2014)
First of all, the events coordinator, Paige, is awesome. She helps make volunteering fun by making sure you're enjoying what you're doing. What you do and when you do it is very flexible as well, with the Hostel being fairly open to suggestions. As someone who loves travelling, but can't do so as much, meeting people from around the world is the next best thing. Through stories told and re-told, everyone in your group gets to "travel" vicariously through others. It's really interesting to learn something new about another part of the world each week. As for the volunteer events, they can range from relaxed to surreal depending on your group. As an event leader, the guests look to you for guidance and as such your actions can really shape everyone's experience. The principal challenge is figuring out what your guests would be interested in, and what you can do to make sure the group has a good time. That being said, some groups pose more of a challenge than others. Overall, fun.
by Chuhan Z. (May 16, 2014)
My experience as the HI unofficial Harvard Tour guide: Not being a Harvard student but touring big groups around Harvard campus on Saturday mornings has been a fantastic experience. Not only do I get to enjoy the vibrant Harvard Square with the lovely hostel guests, they also seem to enjoy my jokes at Harvardians. Depending on the weather and the group spirit each time, our tour lasts from forty minutes to over an hour, and sometimes involves a loving group lunch at a favorite local restaurant. The friendly talks over food always bring out exciting travel stories from different cultures in different languages which are just as exciting as my unofficial introduction to the world's top university. The tour has involved to a rich learning experience rather than just a tourist walk.
by Boyd Z. (May 4, 2014)
I've been volunteering with HI-Boston for the last few months and have enjoyed sharing my travel knowledge with visitors and members of greater Boston! I hosted the World Travel 101 workshop and got to provide my own trip advice to burgeoning and devout travelers. The HI staff is upbeat, helpful, and a blast to work with! Plus the space for hosting the workshops is very inviting, laid back, and is a great mix of locals and visitors. I would highly-recommend attending some of the workshops or if interested, reaching out with your own ideas for a travel-themed workshop. I plan to host several workshops /events in the upcoming months!
by Lindsey H. (May 2, 2014)
I recently volunteered to give a talk at Hosteling International on how to travel cheaply throughout Europe. I met with Paige first to discuss the varying opportunities for volunteer with HI and then met with Paul a couple times to go over which opportunity was of most interest to me and then helping me develop a presentation for it. I wasn't sure what to expect on the actual day of my presentation but although I had prepared a powerpoint, I used it mostly as talking points and the group of folks that came (almost 30!) turned the presentation into a much more enjoyable discussion. I made sure to include everyone and ask what people wanted to get out of the discussion ahead of time. Most folks already have traveled to Europe so they were just looking for tips. It was good because it made them more engaged in the conversation rather than just talking TO them, I talked WITH them.

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