Our global programmes contribute to a better world
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Celebrating Peace & Diversity
Supporting Climate Justice
Facilitating Inter-Cultural Exchange
Through our global initiatives, we aim to promote a greater understanding of people, places and cultures, through the education of peace, environment and global friendship. Our programmes seek to raise awareness and enhance sustainable development across the HI network.
Say HI For Peace
A celebration, every 21 September of the positive impact travel has on peace building
At HI we believe that exploration and travel lead to a better understanding of other cultures, and in turn, this creates a peaceful, smarter, and more tolerant world. As such we believe it is important to promote tolerance and peace by celebrating the UN’s International Day of Peace through our Say Hi for Peace (previously Sleep for Peace) campaign. The Say HI for Peace campaign was originally known as Sleep for Peace was established by HI USA in 2013 in recognition of the important role hostels play in promoting cultural diversity and fostering intercultural exchanges that can lead to global dialogue.
The idea was adopted by Hostelling International in 2015, it has since spread to HI hostels in over 32 countries and has gained the support of the UNWTO. HI hostels offer safe, quality environments that are ideal platforms for stimulating meaningful conversations and creating connections that can last a lifetime. Participating hostels, host events that promote the importance of travel in encouraging tolerance through opening global conversations. Throughout the week, hostels in the HI network around the world will synchronise celebratory efforts, rallying around a single message, and adding their own flavour to it, reflecting the uniqueness of each location and each hostel’s role. Our initiative is supported by the UNWTO and has been growing in numbers and more importantly in significance over the years.
HI Sustainability Fund
Working towards achieving carbon neutrality
For over 100 years the hostelling movement has been a pioneer of sustainable practices. We are partners of myclimate to help offset your overnights and we have a Sustainability Fund to support hostel initiatives.
Since 2013, the HISF has caught the attention of, more than, 65,000 people who have supported and voted for their favourite projects.
When choosing to offset your overnight, you also contribute 0.10 GBP per night to finance sustainable initiatives that reduce the carbon emissions of our hostels. In order to decide which great projects to support, we run a yearly competition in which we ask you, our guests, our sustainability coordinators and an international jury to choose their favourites.
Over the last 7 years, 23 projects have been selected for their innovative contributions towards reducing C02 emissions and their work towards achieving sustainable livelihoods. Collectively the prize fund has totalled £170,000, received from over 238,000 unique donations, all of which have gone directly into funding each of these 23 inspiring projects.
Through these projects, the hostels have reduced their CO2 emissions by approximately 670 tonnes per annum, and prove their commitment to the HI Sustainability Strategy, the SDGs and proven themselves as inspirational role models within the HI network. These projects serve as a springboard for ideas, generating a trickle-down effect, encouraging continuous improvement for others and engaging our guests.
Implementing Sustainable Projects Since 2013
HISF 2018 & 2019
What the winners say
Offsetting Your Overnights
Offsetting over 6,420 Tonnes of Carbon since 2012
Since 2012 we have been in partnership with myclimate with the goal of fighting climate change through calculating and compensating for CO2 emission by working with hostels and offering guests the option to mitigate their CO2 emissions when booking overnight stays. This option is currently offered in 35 countries. All contributions flow to three international myclimate UN Gold Standard Projects where we provide new jobs, contribute to local growth and increased levels of health.
Clean biomass use
Facilitating mobility and capacity building
HI-Connect has been facilitating capacity building across the HI Network since 2013, through the mobility of staff, volunteers and others. The programme provides staff and where appropriate, volunteers and young people with a unique opportunity to experience life and work in another country and offers the opportunity
- to enhance life skills and confidence
- to engage within our sustainability projects
- to embrace the culture and environment of the host county
- to enhance their ability to learn another language
- to create new friendships and promote mobility of people across boundaries
Regardless of what your personal and professional objectives are, you can rely on certain solid elements to guarantee the quality of your mobility activity, to ensure this we provide the following