Volunteering. Get Involved.

You can make a difference at HI Chicago!

As an HI Chicago volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world, share your knowledge and appreciation of Chicago ‘s rich resources, learn more about the Chicago area, and meet other volunteers and make new friends.

HI USA Volunteer Philosophy


Traveler Programs

Chicago Guides

Show off the best that Chicago has to offer – comedy, blues, live music, and more! Take guests to some of Chicago’s best known (and best kept secret) attractions. Show our guests part of Chicago they won’t find in any guidebook. Minimum commitment: 2 events per month.

Guest Information Desk

Engage with travelers from around the world! Answer questions about the Chicago area and the attractions we have to offer. Provide helpful information and suggestions to HI Chicago guests. Minimum commitment: One 2-3 hour shift per week

Downtown Walking Tour Guide

Offer a unique insider’s perspective of Chicago. Lead a group of hostellers on a walking tour in the neighborhood of your choice. Add a local perspective to the guest experience. Minimum commitment after training: Two tours per month

Other Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Community Outreach and Education

Cultural Kitchen Volunteer

Work with Chicago youth at HI Chicago to prepare a culturally traditional meal, promote cross cultural understanding, and facilitate interaction between students and world travelers. 

Interested in helping the hostel? Please Contact us directly.

Anna Henschel
Community Engagement Liason



For detailed information about internships at Hostelling International Chicago, please go to the internship section.

Internship Positions