Erasmus+ and EVS
HI Iceland is an accredited organisation by the National Agency of Erasmus Program Youth in Action. This means that HI Iceland fulfils the criteria for being beneficiary body of the Programme, thus a promoter for Youth in Action projects.
Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational Actions, of which European Voluntary Service (EVS) is one. The aim of the EVS is to support young people's participation in various forms of voluntary activities, both within and outside the European Union. Under this Action, young people take part individually or in groups in non-profit, unpaid activities.
Young people and youth workers naturally constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals through promoters. Conditions for participation in the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the "participants" (individuals participating in the Programme) and the "promoters" (in most cases, legally established organisations).
HI Iceland has designed two projects in accordance to the EVS charter which highlights the main principles and quality standards for EVS as well as the role of the participating bodies, individuals and organisations alike.
Those two projects are Green Messenger (Green HI Hostel) and Life at the HI Hostels.
Check out the work of Green Messengers on their Facebook site Green Messengers – Green HI Hostels and follow the latest news of Life at the HI Hostels.
If you are interested in joining our team of EVS volunteers you can apply here.
Other information about EVS in Iceland can be found on the website of our National Agency Evrópa unga fólksins.
Sleep for Peace
Sleep for Peace is a unique global initiative by Hostelling International since 2013, that reinforces the message that hostelling contributes to building peace on a day-to-day basis through travel and intercultural understanding amongst young people at home and abroad.
The UN International Day of Peace and World Tourism Day, create the ideal setting for the HI network to celebrate its year long peace building activities, to engage young people and promote peace and sustainable tourism.
- To engage guests, communities, staff, volunteers and stakeholders in meaningful conversations, events and thinking about peace-building and intercultural understanding.
- To start conversations: highlight the role of our hostels as safe places where cultures meet.
- To celebrate diversity, tolerance and youth travel in the hostelling movement.
- To get support/endorsement from international organisations involved in peace-building to enhance impact and dissemination of our shared values.
- Every year from the UN International Day of Peace (21st of September) until the World Tourism Day (27th of September).
- Throughout this week, hostels in the HI network around the world synchronise celebratory efforts, rallying around a single message, and adding their own flavour to it, reflecting the uniqueness of each location and each hostel's role.
In today's international political and social context, we are proud to offer safe and quality hostels where cultures meet and conversations start. We want to make a clear statement that whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome to share and celebrate with us.
Earth Hour is more than an event; it is a movement. Coordinated by the WWF, Earth Hour has had massive environmental impact over the last 10 years with the participation of individuals and organisations all around the world.
Each year, millions of people come together to make Earth Hour happen all around the world. By switching off all lights we shine a light on the need for action on climate change.
HI Iceland proudly participates in Earth Hour by providing various events at the HI hostels in Iceland and inviting guests and locals alike to share the hour of making noise for climate change action.
In 2017, comfortably seated by candlelights, our guests at Reykjavík Downtown HI Hostel where invited to share their thoughts on climate change in poetry.
Meanwhile, our guests at Reykjavík City HI Hostel listened to Icelandic Folk tales where ghosts and elves were brought to life in the darkness of the Hour.
HI Iceland signed a declaration on responsible tourism joined by leaders from over 250 companies at Reykjavík University on January 10th 2017 in the presence of the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who is also patron of the project. Festa – the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Iceland Tourism Cluster are supporting the project in cooperation with the Tourist Board, SAF, Promote Iceland, Regional Marketing Offices of Iceland, Visit Reykjavík and Safetravel Iceland.
Responsible tourism is an incentive project where companies connected with tourism agree on a limited number of clear and simple measures of responsible tourism.
The purpose of the project is to maintain Iceland's status as an optimal future destination for tourists by supporting sustainability for future generations of the nation.
The main emphases are to:
- Demonstrate exemplary behaviour and respect for nature.
- Ensure the safety of our guests and treat them courteously.
- Respect the rights of employees.
- Have a positive impact on the local community.
The goals of the promotional effort are to:
- Support the tourism company that chooses to work towards sustainability and social responsibility.
- Establish a clear message from companies that they strive to be responsible.
- Spotlight examples of good practice in sustainability and social responsibility in tourism.
- Provide an incentive to companies that have yet to consider sustainability practices and social responsibility.