A warm welcome to all Hostelling International San Diego volunteers. Our volunteers form the foundation of the hostel’s wide range of cultural and recreational programs. Volunteers contribute a tremendous amount of time and energy to the organization. In fact, without our team of dedicated volunteers, our activities and programs simply would not occur. Volunteer participation improves the quality of the travel experience for our hostel guests, and helps open doors for international travelers into the local community. Whether its your love of travel, knowledge of the San Diego community, an interest in meeting international travelers, we hope that you will find the experience you are looking for at Hostelling International San Diego.

Ways to Volunteer

Information Services
Information Services volunteers offer advice and answer questions for travelers. To make your job easier, we have maps, bus schedules, brochures, and other resources available. We have morning and afternoon shifts available.

Kitchen Connection Event Coordinator
Some of the best conversations occur in our fully equipped communal kitchens. The Kitchen Connection Event Coordinator prepares a meal from a set menu and encourages the involvement of our hostellers.

Nintendo Wii Night Host
This is the perfect opportunity to use your gaming skills. Facilitate and enjoy an evening playing the Nintendo Wii with our travelers.

Local Guide
Every week, we organize trips to San Diego’s most intriguing neighborhoods, attractions, and special events. The most successful and meaningful trips are those led by local residents!

Speakers Bureau
If you are enthusiastic about travel, and want to educate others who are interested, you might want to get involved with our Speakers Bureau. Presentations include “World Travel 101,” “Women Traveling Solo,” “Demystifying Hostels,” and other topics of interest to the local community. This is a wonderful way to share your passion for travel!

Fundraising and Special Events
Our opportunities to volunteer extend outside of our hostels. We have several fundraisers and community outreach events throughout the year that include the annual Peace Conference, Midnight Madness and Christmas Bike Rides bringing community members and hostellers together.

Group Services and Educational Community Programs
We work with large groups of children and community members to achieve educational purposes. Become part of our community team to help bring our missions alive!

How to Apply

Our application process is simple. First, take a look at the variety of volunteer opportunities we have to offer. With our large range of positions, you will be sure to find something that peaks your interest. Next, just complete our online application. After reviewing your application, we will be in contact with you to schedule an interview. We would love to have you as part of our team!

We appreciate your interest in Hostelling International USA, San Diego.

Questions or Comments?
Please contact Matt Carney
Programs & Volunteer Coordinator
Email: volunteer@sandiegohostels.org
Phone: (619) 338-9981 ext 13