Hostellling International Slovenia
Gosposvetska cesta 86
2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Hostelling International Slovenia
We are a non-governmental organization with the aim of promoting peace through travel and cultural exchange. Our target group are young people, especially those who want to experience nature and foreign cultures through travel. We believe that this will lead to more understanding and therefore to a more peaceful world.
We are based in Maribor and run 30 youth hostels across Slovenia. The hostels are very different, but all of them target young people in particular. We explicitly see our hostels as meeting places for young people of different nationalities, skin colours, religions, genders, classes or political backgrounds. We promote the mobility of young people through local, regional, national, European and international projects and motivate them to strive for a different, educational way of travelling. We try to establish travel as a way of non-formal learning, whereby young people gain personal experience that contributes to their personal development. We also organize activities, projects and sustainability initiatives to help shape a better future for all of us.
We are also a part of the international HI Connect programme for volunteer and staff exchange. Together with other hostel organizations, we are creating opportunities for our volunteers and staff to increase their skills and competence on an international level. HI Connect was created by Hostelling International with the purpose of providing people with a unique opportunity to experience life and work in another country; to enhance life skills and confidence; to embrace the culture and environment of the host country; to enhance their ability to learn another language; to create new friendships and promote mobility of people across international boundaries.
We are especially proud of our monthly Globetrotter online magazine. The content is created by our volunteers who share their stories and adventures with our readers. It is sent to more than 11,000 e mail accounts all over the world and is daily visited by 2,000 people. Our readers can read travelogues, information about discounts, introductions to new hostels and so much more.
Anja is a mathematician, but mathematics is not her passion. She loves travelling, dancing, drawing, working with young people, being their mentor and helping them become better people. Concerned about what we will leave behind for our descendants, she is looking for ways to encourage youngsters to think critically, be more aware and more active in sustainability. But she is convinced that the first step is to work on yourself, so you can help others and the world. She started working at HI Slovenia as a student in 2002 and currently works there as vice president.