Do No Harm Code of Conduct
We seek to preserve our planet for generations of future travelers and encourages our guests and staff to:
Engage in local culture.
The saying, “While in Rome do as the Romans” still applies today. Your trip provides a unique opportunity to explore a new culture and to see the world through a different perspective. Remember that eating local foods, shopping in local markets and attending local festivals are all part of experiencing the culture. Learn a few words in the local language, it won’t go unnoticed.
Hostels are a hot spot for cultural diversity. Culture is an interplay of many elements which including behaviors, customs, beliefs, values and institutions. Culture changes over time and members of a particular culture or ethnicity will not always think and act in ways which are consistent with their cultural background. We encourage our guests to get to know one another. Share a meal or attend an event together. Respectful and civil inquiry, conversation and debate are encouraged. We do not tolerate disrespect, discourtesy, vulgarity, or threats of any kind.
Take only photographs.
Leave things as they are and protect nature. Follow leave no trace and minimal impact camping principals when exploring the great outdoors. Leaving waste in our neighborhoods, cities, and natural areas, even seemingly harmless items like fruit cores or peelings could harm the local ecosystem. Show respect to the hostel property and surrounding areas including, but not limited to cultural sites, sensitive and protected areas and attraction sites. Check out leaflets/displays at the hostel and ask hostel staff for information on things to do.
Buy smart. Shop local.
Use local products and services, they give you a flavor of the area and help support local communities. Many hostels and regions are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink, arts and crafts. Before purchasing goods, ask about their origin and check that you can recycle the packaging. Thank suppliers for their green measures, or don’t be afraid to ask why they don’t have a green program. As a paying customer you can make a huge impact on companies’ policies.
Keep the air clean.
Give the car a rest. Leave it behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport to get around. The hostel staff will be happy to provide you with advice. Try sharing transport when you can, take the bus, train, walk or bike. You’ll see a lot more and it’s cheaper! Bike rentals are available at or near most hostels. Don’t forget to check out craigslist and/or the hostel’s rideshare board if you are heading out of town.
Reduce, reuse, and then recycle.
Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. Use a reusable bag or one of the paper bags from the hostels kitchen. Recycle! Put rinsed aluminum cans, glass, paper, cardboard and batteries in the correct bins. Compost if the hostel offers it. Ask the hostel staff if it’s unclear where you can dispose of recyclables or if you are unsure what is compostable.
Become an energy saver.
Reduce energy by switching off lights when you leave the room, closing doors and windows if heating is on and avoid leaving appliances on standby. Try to also unplug appliances, such as cell phones, as they use energy even when they are turned off!
Be water wise. Turn off the tap.
The world is facing serious water shortage so you can help by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving, sharing dishwater with others and taking shorter showers.
When we travel it’s natural to want our vacations to have a positive impact on local people and their environments. Responsible travel is about more authentic vacation experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people. All vacations have positive and negative impacts locally. Responsible travel maximizes the benefits, and minimizes the negative effects of tourism. While you’re in town consider volunteering for a local organization.
We welcome staff and guests’ comments about additional improvements we can make and how well we are doing.
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