The mission of Hostelling International 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.
For over 70 years, Hostelling International San Diego, a non-profit membership organization, has helped the San Diego community develop a deeper appreciation of countries and cultures dramatically different from their own. San Diego Hostelling International fosters experiences that forever change the way people regard each other and the world. Our mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”
Hostelling International San Diego advocates global awareness with our two comfortable and affordable hostels that accommodate over 15,000 people annually. Our hostels are designed to promote interaction among our guests with shared common areas, perfect for making new friends. Community members are also invited into the hostels through volunteering and through community service projects giving travelers a broader cultural experience.