Hostelling International A worldwide network of Not-For-Profit Youth Hostel Association

Hostelling International (HI) is a charity that manages a federation of not-for-profit youth hostel associations. Our Youth Hostel Associations such as YHA, Stayokay and DJH combined provide a network of hostels in more than 80 countries.

We believe that exploration and travel lead to a better understanding of other cultures, and in turn that creates a peaceful, smarter, and more tolerant world. This is and has been our mission for almost 100 years.

We operate ‘for good and not-for-profit’ which means your stay should be cheaper while contributing to something amazing — any surplus of funds is reinvested in affordable hostelling and not shareholders.

Booking your hostel stay on ensures we can continue to help our Youth Hostel Associations provide safe and clean HI Hostels for young people to enjoy for years to come.


Our Mission

To promote the education of all young people of all nations, but especially young people of limited means, by encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities in all parts of the world, and as ancillary thereto to provide hostels or other accommodation in which there shall be no distinction of origin , nationality, colour, religion, sex, class, or political opinions and thereby to develop a better understanding of their fellow men, both at home and abroad.

Sustainable Hostelling

Hostelling International is dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices among our National Hostelling Associations and with Hostels themselves. We are committed to achieving a worldwide network of sustainable organisations and hostels. 

With more than 100 years of experience we strive continually to improve and expand our network to new places, meanwhile working with governments and voluntary agencies to create the same positive practices and high standards everywhere. 


HI Q&S – Management System

HI-Q&S is a long-term programme of continuous improvement that allows hostels and associations to advance their quality and sustainability practices. Implementing HI-Q&S increases the hostels’ transparency and accountability of why and how they are sustainable. 

The HI Quality & Sustainability Management System is ‘Recognised’ by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It includes the HI-Quality (HI-Q) step and those hostels who implement the sustainability criteria are awareded HI-Quality & Sustainability (HI-Q&S).

Contributing to the SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the global goals aiming to eradicate worldwide issues by the year 2030 – are a crucial part of our focus and each of our programmes and projects highlight their contribution towards the SDGs.

HI is part of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Board of Affiliate Members and leaders of UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Working Group and we are strongly committed to engage all our members in contributing to the 2030 Global Agenda.


List of certified Hostels

A big part of our work is to visit HI Hostels all over Norway and Brasil and help them to achieve the HI Q(&S) certificate. Below you can see a list of all the hostels that have been certified.
HI Brasil


Adrena Sport Hostel – Belo Horizonte
Aju Hostel – Aracaju
Barra da Lagoa Hostel – Florianopolis
CabanaCopa Hostel – Rio de Janeiro
Diamantina Hostel – Diamantina 
HI Hostel Caminhos da Chapada – Palmeiras
HI Hostel Chapada – Chapada Diamantinha, Lençóis
Hostel 7 – Brasília
Hostel 7 – Goiânia
Hostel Catavento – Chapada dos Veadeiros, Alto Paraiso
Laranjeiras Hostel – Salvador
Liras da Poesia Hostel – Porto de Galinhas
Maresias Hostel – São Sebastião
Praia do Forte Hostel – Praia do Forte
Rosa Surf Hostel – Praia do Rosa

HI Norway


HI Voss – Voss
HI Lofoten Kabelvåg – Kabelvåg
HI Høvringen – Høvringen
HI Oslo Rønningen – Oslo
HI Sjoa – Sjoa


HI Lillehammer Stasjonen – Lillehammer
HI Bergen Montana – Bergen
HI Flåm – Flåm
HI Kongsberg Bergmannen – Kongsberg
HI Oslo Haraldsheim – Oslo

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