Our primary program, hostels provide an in-depth cultural experience for travelers, by offering low-cost, safe and comfortable overnight accommodations. The hostel experience is unique because of the opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. Common areas and activities, such as community dinners and tours, are designed to foster interaction among travelers. Events are held that bring the community into the hostel to intermingle with guests and become a part of the hostelling experience. HI-USA runs two hostels in San Diego. HI-San Diego, Downtown, a 153-bed hostel in the Gaslamp Quarter and HI-San Diego, Point Loma, a 55-bed hostel. In FY13, the two hostels hosted 20,500 guests from 80 different countries.
Hostelling will foster a dynamic, enduring community of travelers with the wisdom, humanity and leadership skills to improve our communities, our country and our world.
adults (ages 18-35) gather in San Diego annually for the HI-USA San Diego Peace
Building Conference. The event brings together a diverse community of young
adults who share a passion for creating positive change. Through interactive
conversations and workshops, participants discover their personal strengths,
develop leadership skills, inspire other, and create an actions plan for the
future. This year, HI-San Diego will
hold the Peace Conference in conjunction with Sleep for Peace on September 21, 2014.
Hostellers have intercultural understanding and are active world citizens
Girl Scouts of San Diego consider HI-San Diego a partner and require that all troops wanting to travel outside the County of San Diego with Girl Scout insurance must partake in our travel education program. The program is well received as evidenced by the following comments:
Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization that has been serving young travelers for 80 years. Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) currently operates a network 53 quality hostel facilities across the United States offering a unique and local stay experience. In addition to being a great place to stay, HI-USA offers a wide range of fun activities, events and educational programs that enrich the travel experience and create opportunities for greater intercultural awareness and understanding. HI-USA is part of the larger International Youth Hostel Federation, a worldwide network of 4,000 hostels, operated by non-profit, member-based organizations in 90 countries representing 38 million overnights a year.
Hostelling International in San Diego (HI-San Diego) was founded in 1938. HI-San Diego operates two hostels in Point Loma and Downtown and offers programs for the local and traveling communities that encourage local and global community interaction, and celebrate our mission to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.
Over the last three years, Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) has been in the process of unifying the organization from 27 separate entities from around the country into one stronger organization with the resources and expertise to better fulfill the mission. That unification was completed in March 2014.
As part of the unification process, HI-USA created Vision 2020 that depicts a future in which HI-USA will lead a hostelling movement that has a profound impact on society: Hostelling will foster a dynamic, enduring community of travelers with the wisdom, humanity and leadership skills to improve our communities, our country and our world. HI-USA has a crucial role to play in this important.
Through programming in three areas – Hostels, Education and Engagement, HI-USA envisions becoming: 1. A leading hostel provider in the world. 2. A valued source of experiential learning. 3. A widely recognized champion for intercultural understanding. 4. A vibrant presence in communities across the United States. 5. An effective advocate for youth travel.
In Fiscal Year 2013 – Hostelling International in San Diego (HI-San Diego) accomplished the following towards Vision 2020:
Hi-San Diego hopes to accomplish the following in Fiscal Year 2014:
Our top 5 most pressing needs include:
Russell Hedge is the Chief Executive Officer of Hostelling International USA (HI-USA), the national nonprofit organization that operates hostels and related cross-cultural programs across the United States. HI-USA is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside of Washington DC, and is the USA affiliate of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) based in London, England.
Hedge has served in his present position since 2000. He advanced through the ranks of HI-USA where he began 15 years earlier as a volunteer who helped to develop the hostel currently serving Washington DC, and subsequently served as Executive Director of the Washington DC area chapter. Prior to becoming CEO also served the national organization as Chief Operating Officer of HI-USA. His early career focused on economics and finance at the US Economic Development Administration and US International Trade Administration, with stints at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Senate Budget Committee.
Hedge’s interest in the hostel stay experience emerged during an educational leave of absence from a government position to study at Oxford University, when he observed the quality of cross-cultural interactions at hostels and the influence of travel as experiential education.
The HI-USA hostel network is consistently recognized as one of the best in world through customer surveys by IYHF and independent rating agencies. Hedge has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences on topics ranging from experiential education to nonprofit management.
A native of Wisconsin, Hedge received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his Masters degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sue Schaffner - Vice President of the Southwest Region, including San Diego, has over 25 years experience working for non-profit organizations, with the last 19 years in management positions.
In May 2013, Sue was promoted to the position of Vice President of the Southwest Region, a position that covers Southern California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Within her scope of work is overseeing a $5 million budget, five hostels and 65 staff members.
Prior to joining Hostelling International, she was Managing Director for North Coast Repertory Theatre. Sue has an extensive background in administration for both theatre and social service agencies including San Diego Opera and Labor’s Community Service Agency.
Sue has her BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA and her MBA from San Diego State University. She is a Mentor for other non-profit Executive Directors through a Fieldstone Foundation program.
Most recently Sue has served on the Strategy Development and 2Implementation Committees, which has developed the strategy and implementation plan for the unified organization.
Dave studied at the University of Connecticut and earned a degree in English Literature in 2004. In the mood for a change of pace, he moved to San Diego after driving cross country. Since moving here he has worked in supervisory/managerial roles at two other non/not-for-profits (Habitat for Humanity and the UCSD Bookstore). In 2008 he joined HI-San Diego as the Assistant General Manager of the Downtown hostel, and has since worked his way to becoming the General Manager. In his spare time, Dave enjoys brewing beer and playing pool.
Born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon Jenny moved to San Diego in 2002 after working as a Care Giver in a retirement facility in Corvallis. She started working for HI-San Diego, Downtown at the front desk and was promoted to Lead Front Desk in 2004. In 2005, she was transferred to HI-San Diego, Point Loma as the Assistant Manager and she assumed the role of General Manager of HI-San Diego, Point Loma in May 2006. In 2007 she received the National award “Staff of the Year”.
Teresa is a native San Diegan. She was a tourism and special events professor for 13 years before joining HI-USA in July 2013. Teresa earned a BA and MS in Recreation and Tourism and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Teresa’s first hostelling experience was in Germany when she was traveling as a cast member with Up With People. Teresa enjoys educating people about the benefits of hostelling and showing off the clean and comfortable HI-USA hostels in San Diego.
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Through June 2013, American Youth Hostels, Inc. San Diego Council (San Diego Council) operated under a charter granted by the American Youth Hostels, Inc, (AYH) and maintained a separate accounting system. The 990s for the San Diego Council include Fiscal Year End March 2013 and a stub year audit from April-June 2013. n June 30, 2013, the San Diego Council transferred all assets to AYH and there is no significant financial transactions after June 30, 2013.
The American Youth Hostels – Hostelling International, The Metropolitan San Diego LLC. (MET) was formed in 1997 as a joint 501(c)3 nonprofit Limited Liability Corporation with the San Diego Council and AYH. With the dissolution of the San Diego Council, the LLC has become a single entity LLC and will continue as a nonprofit filing a separate 990.
The Audited Financial Statements represent a consolidated statement for the San Diego Council and the LLC.
AYH Audited Financial Statements and 990 are through the Fiscal Year End March 2013 and does not include the San Diego Council nor the LLC.
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