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HI Northern California Hostels


The mission of HI USA is to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. Our vision is for guests to become caring global citizens who are catalysts for intercultural exchange and understanding stewards of the earth.

We work to achieve this through the following activities:

Promote global awareness through a network of welcoming, comfortable, and affordable hostels that encourage exploration and nurture cross-cultural communication, and through programs that interpret culture principally through interaction among hostellers and community members.

Encourage educational travel through information, activities, and services that facilitate safe, affordable, and culturally sensitive hostel travel for people of all ages.

Protect the environment through activities that promote meaningful, low-impact travel using hostels and that focus on the conservation and interpretation of the built and natural environment.

Broaden community participation through involvement of all members of the community in hostel travel, programs, and volunteer participation.


Mike Foyder
General Manager