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About HI Norway


Hostelling International Norway - For good - not for profit

HI Norway is a nonprofit organisation with a long and proud history. From the day our very first hostel opened its doors in the city of Trondheim in the 1930’s, we have had our very own philosophy. Our goal is to create social meeting places where people can learn from each other. Our core values are inclusivity, learning and understanding and sustainability. To reach our goal we provide affordable accomodation, exhange programmes and social activities.

Our organisation has no political or religious affiliation. Being a nonprofit organisation, we use our income to invest in the organization and reach our goals. We have many projects that illustrate our commitments. The focus on our projects is always to strengthen our goals and focusing on the core values. Our hostels always trie to link ‘the world out there’ with the local community, and every year we organise a range of cultural and social activities for both travellers and the neighbours. Most recently, some of our hostels have opened their doors to welcome refugees.

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Hostelling International

Hostelling International is the organisation set up in 1932 to co-ordinate Youth Hostel Associations around the world.

We are one of the world’s largest international membership organisations with more than 3.7 million members and offer many benefits in addition to staying in HI hostels.

When you want to stay in a hostel, we try to make sure you get the best experience possible. For us it’s not just about having a place to stay, it’s about you experiencing all that hostelling has to offer - whether that’s learning about new cultures, meeting new people or discovering yourself.

We try to achieve this by working with the Youth Hostel Associations to ensure that hostelling is open to everyone, is affordable and that no matter which HI hostel you visit, you’ll get a great night’s sleep in a safe environment.

HI hostels can be found in some of the most inspiring and unusual places in the world. Fancy a stay in a jumbo jet in Stockholm? A lighthouse in California? Or maybe a boat in Budapest?

In offering you these unique experiences we hope that you will create amazing memories and discover the real hostel experience.

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Membership organization 

HI Norway is a membership organisation. That meens that it is the members who decides the organisations strategy, goals and direction. HI Norway has many activities that members can be involved in, for example social activities at the hostel and youth exhange programmes. Our membership programme includes both personal membership and membership for groups and organisations. Everybody is welcome to join HI Norway, regardless of age, cultural or religious background. With a membership, you can enjoy our membership benefits, both in Norway and in the rest of the world. Become a member today! You can buy your membership here.  

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At HI Norway we are passionate about sustainability. We aim that our hostels should be sustainable hubs in their local environments. To do this, we work with Hostelling International's own quality and sustainability system - the HIQ&S. Amongst other projects, we always try to improve the hostels' carbon footprint and their effect on the environment, be it through "free food" sections in the guest kitchen, promotion of public transportation or cooperation with local producers. 

We work closely together with the rest of the international network with sustainability, and have one designated Sustainability Coordinator who works with the organization's sustainability strategy. If you are insterested, you can read more about Hostelling International's Sustainability Strategy

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Volunteering work

Our hostels are more than just a place to stay. HI Norway believes that travel through hostelling creates profound and lasting personal impact. We aim to provide opportunities for guests to interact with one another. That’s also why we have established a social volunteering programme.

Hostel vibes depends on everything from the layout of a hostel to the interaction of staff with guests. Several of our hostels in Western Norway have created a programme of social volunteering to promote this interaction. How it works? We invite enthousiastic people from all over the world and give them the opportunity to stay and volunteer in one of our hostels during a designated period.

Our social volunteers are travelers themselves, and provide opportunities for increased interaction between the travelers staying at the hostel, in such ways as using common space to promote guest interaction, facilitating activities open to all guests and organizing social events within and outside the hostel. The activities are designed with the explicit focus of promoting intercultural understanding.

Also at our Haraldsheim Hostel in Oslo and at the main office of HI Norway, we have been welcoming volunteers since 2015. They are participating in the EVS-project (European Voluntary Service), and are staying for 10 months. They help us with organizing activities and with creating our social media strategy. Read more about there experiences here. Also at our other hostels you might meet some volunteers, as we have collaborative projects with various other organisations both in Norway and abroad.

By social volunteering it is possible to promote the mission and connect social volunteers and travelers/guests with one another and the local community. That way, both guests and volunteers will gain a means to reflect on the different communities and develop a greater appreciation for diverse people, cultures and societies.

Read more about our social volunteering programme in Western Norway.

Read more about our EVS programme in Oslo.

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