Volunteers are an essential part of the hostelling movement, playing a key role in sharing their own life experiences and passion for travel with hostellers locally and from around the world. Hostelling International volunteers are vital contributors to the future of hostelling by providing innovative ideas, resources, as serving as hostelling ambassadors in their local communities.
Below you will find more information on the activities program and how to get involved as a volunteer.
My new favorite spot in Portland is the balcony next to the top of the Aerial Tram. For eating, I enjoy the Vista Spring Cafe, all of the McMenamin’s Pubs, Cha Cha Cha’s, Stanich’s (in my opinion, the best burger in Portland), Industrial Cafe over on Vaughn and “The Deck” out on the Columbia River. My favorite parks are Overlook Park on Interstate, Forest Park right at the end of Thurman and the park at the top of Council Crest (what a coincidence that it’s on the 4T hike).
One of my most memorable experiences with the hostel was while I was leading a 4T hike. Three young women from England were on the hike with me and we had such a good time together that the next day we all went up into the Columbia Gorge together and went on a beautiful hike up there. We even exchanged emails so we could send each other pictures that we took.
I am not a native Oregonian, but I am a West Coaster. I’ve lived in Alaska, California, Washington, and I’ve been in Oregon about ten years now.
I love volunteering because while I traveled it was very rare to find a hostel that offered their own tours/activities, and even more rare that those activities would be free! Volunteering is a way for me to give back for all the great experiences I had in hostels around the world. Plus, I get to meet travelers and take them on fun activities around Portland.
A memorable experience I had while leading an activity was when I took a group to see Trek in the Park. Although the event was advertised as a live performance of a Star Trek episode in the park, at least half the group that signed up thought we were going on a hike or trek in a park. But everyone still had a great time despite the confusion.
My favorite spot in Portland would be the food carts. I love the variety of ethnic foods made by the people from those countries. There is so much variety, you could eat something different everyday for a year. I also love Portland’s happy hours, hiking in Washington and Forest Park, and Portland’s vibrant music scene. Doug Fir and Mississippi Studios are my favorite spots to catch a show.
I love to travel, and when traveling I enjoy spending time with locals. Volunteering at the hostel gives me a chance to change up roles and welcome visitors to Portland. I love living here and showing visitors some of my favorite places. Volunteering with Kitchen Connection lets me try out some classic recipes and celebrate holidays. Dirty rice and jambalaya for Mardi Gras and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! Who knows what’s next- maybe a jello cool whip American Flag Cake for the 4th of July! It’s been fun explaining some of our food traditions to visitors from afar. My favorite places in Portland are Powell’s Books, Oregon Zoo and any of our fantastic brunch locations (too many favorites to pick one).
Here is our current schedule of events. Click on the event name in the calendar to find out more information. Below the calendar are descriptions of our most common activities.
Become a Volunteer
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our volunteer team and show travelers the unique side of Portland.
Are you outgoing? Do you enjoy exploring Portland? Are you interested in leading a group of international travelers on a variety of activities, including walking tours, pub crawls, hikes, outdoor concerts, festivals and more?? We are looking for you! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Information for Current Volunteers
Below is the unscheduled events calendar. Please take a look at what activities are available to lead for the current month.
Contact Lauren with any questions at email@example.com.