Below are resources that you may find useful: 

Documents and Forms:

Volunteer Philosophy 


Minor Waiver Form 

Volunteer Guide: Using Online System 

Information about earned complimentary HI USA membership and dorm overnights for volunteers:

HI USA Memberships:
  • Once a volunteer has reached 15 hours of volunteering he/she is eligible for a complimentary HI USA membership. The volunteer will receive an automated email once their 15th volunteer hour is reported with instructions on how to order the membership. To learn about benefits associated with an HI USA Membership visit: https://www.hiusa.org/membership/member-benefits. Note: if you plan to earn comp dorm overnights you will need an HI USA membership in order to not be charged the $3 daily membership fee. 
    • If your membership expires and you are still an active volunteer with HI USA and have accumulated 15 volunteers since the expiration date you can request a membership renewal through your local volunteer liaison. 
Dorm Overnights: 
  • Once a volunteer has reached 30 hours (an additional 15 to the original 15) he/she can begin to earn complimentary HI USA dorm overnights. Each dorm overnight requires 15 hours and volunteers can earn up to 4 complimentary overnights per 365 days. To redeem overnights, please contact your local HI USA volunteer liaison who will need to make the reservation for you. Please note dorm overnights are only for the participating HI USA hostels listed below. 
  • A few more important details: 
    • Bookings are dependent on availability.
    • Dorm overnights cannot be exchanged for private rooms. 
    • Volunteers must have served within the last 12 months to receive this benefit. 
List of participating HI USA hostels: 
HI LA/Fullerton*
HI LA/Santa Monica
HI LA/South Bay*
HI Marin Headlands
HI Monterey
HI Pigeon Point
HI Point Montara
HI Point Reyes
HI Sacramento
HI San Diego Downtown
HI San Diego Point Loma
HI San Francisco City Center
HI San Francisco Downtown
HI San Francisco Fisherman Warf
HI Washington DC
HI Chicago
HI Boston
HI Eastham*
HI Hyannis*
HI Martha's Vineyard*
HI Nantucket*
HI Truro*
HI Baltimore
HI Harper's Ferry
HI Mississippi Headwaters
HI New York
HI Syracuse*
HI Tibbetts Point*
HI Malabar Farm
HI Portland Hawthorne
HI Austin
HI Houston
HI Richmond
HI Madison
 
*Indicates seasonal hostels