Early this morning Jeremy Fowler found out he was one of the 16 winners in Hostelling International's Big Blog Exchange and had won himself what he describes as the "trip of the lifetime" to Malaysia for 10 days in June. Another winner in the contest, Chee Ching from Malaysia, will be swapping places with Jeremy with her own trip to Canada at the same time.
The 23-year-old Hampton, New Brunswick, native finished a BA in English, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies last year at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and now works as a supervising lifeguard. What does he want to do for a living? "Basically I want to do something that I absolutely adore doing," he says. "I want to be active. I want to live an engaging life rather than a passive one." Sounds like a perfect candidate for the Big Blog Exchange. Hot on the heels of interviews with the CBC and the local paper, Jeremy chatted with us today about his big win. Read more »
By guest blogger and HI employee — Heather
When I was plotting out my route for my round-the-world trip a few years ago, I had to make a pretty big decision. Would I include South America in my trip, or would I go to Africa? It was one or the other, because I only had nine months to cram everything in and this world is a pretty big place. After a bit of strategizing, and even trying to figure out how to get both of them in, my decision was made. And I've still never been to South America. Read more »
Hostelling International – Canada – Pacific Mountain Region’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton on September 13. The meeting went extremely well with good turnout. Read more »
This is the next in our series on the history of our region’s hostels. The goal of this series is to help people better comprehend Hostelling International’s mission, to see beyond the cheap sleeps and to understand the greater ideals behind hostelling.
Excerpted from HI’s book History of HI-Canada-Pacific Mountain Region- Celebrating 75 Years of Hostelling in Canada, by Jon Azpiri.
If there's one organization that can rival HI-C-PM Region's commitment to showcasing the Canadian Rockies, it is the Alpine Club of Canada. Formed in 1908, the club has consistently promoted the value of mountain travel. Therefore, it can be no surprise that the ACC and HI joined forces to build the HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre. Read more »
Photographer and world traveler William Jans has been doing his live shows since 1990. These popular events are a fun mix of costumes, video, storytelling, and the unexpected, and have gotten rave reviews from both the public and the media. His current shows are about his adventures in Tanzania and China. Read more »
Here at Hostelling International, we have long appreciated the support and dedication we get from our volunteers. From our volunteer Board of Directors to the volunteers that host hockey nights, do administrative duties at our offices and help out at our fundraising events – we have hundreds of volunteers working for us all over the world. Read more »
We want to know what you think about our membership. It doesn’t matter if you’re a current member or if you’ve just considered becoming one, we would like to hear your opinion. Your answers will help us improve the value of the membership product. Take the survey and you will be entered to win an iPad 2! Go here to take the survey.
The survey ends May 4, 2012. This survey is only regarding our Canadian membership, therefore it is only open to Canadians.
Calgary has been a hub for hostelling in Alberta and Canada. The city served as the headquarters of CYH-Mountain Region and was home to countless hostel volunteers. For decades, however, it wasn't home to an actual hostel. Read more »
Working for HI I am often asked questions about hostels. Below are the answers to some of those frequent questions: Read more »
To really experience another culture and country you have to do more than just visit the place, you need to spend time there and mingle with the locals. By doing a HI internship you can do just that and gain work experience at the same time. Read more »