09, May 2015: Hostelling International, the only global network of Youth Hostel Associations, in collaboration with 6 of its National Associations, is offering an innovative programme open to young people between the ages of 18-23, with a focus on “coming together to discover their unique cultural differences and appreciate their undeniable similarities.” Past IOU Respect programmes have been described as eye-opening, thought provoking and life changing.

IOU Respect

Representatives from Hostelling International say IOU Respect is not just a trip. “It’s not a tour or a class. IOU Respect is a journey. It’s a diverse group of individuals from six partner countries, the US, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon and Tunisia, coming together to discover their unique cultural differences and appreciate their undeniable similarities. From sharing meals and exploring the hidden treasures of Paris to engaging in tough conversations about identity and discrimination, IOU Respect breaks down barriers and helps participants build lasting relationships on a foundation of appreciation, respect and understanding.”


IOU respect will be held at Hostelling International Paris – Yves Robert 20 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute. The two-week, intensive, cultural exchange program is designed to increase the participants’ knowledge of other cultures, help them develop skills for intercultural communication and foster attitudes that promote mutual understanding and tolerance. Participants from the six countries will engage in a mix of facilitated dialogue sessions (5+ sessions, 3-4 hours each), team-building project work and group outings and activities.

Who is Eligible?

18-23 years old

Fluent in English

Citizens of the US, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon or Tunisia with a current passport at the time of the program

Employees of HI USA and people who have previously participated in a Hostelling International exchange program are not eligible

Further details and costs can be obtained from the website. IOU Respect will be held in Paris from July 25-August 8, this year, with applications closing on May15th.

About Hostelling International:

Hostelling International (HI) is the only global network of Youth Hostel Associations. Located in some of the world’s most inspiring locations, the HI network offers 4,000 unique hostels in 91 countries worldwide. HI is a non-profit membership organisation, with a proud history and a relevant philosophy. All hostels meet assured standards, guaranteeing a range of good quality safe accommodation, in friendly surroundings at affordable prices. Find out more at the website: https://www.hihostels.com/

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