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Life at the hostels
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context/Background of project Farfuglar ses - Hostelling International (HI) Iceland is a non-governmental, non-for-profit membership organization established in 1939. The organisation is a member of HI, a global network of Youth Hostel Associations, of over 4000 hostels with members in more than 80 countries. Membership means that the Icelandic hostels fulfill the international standards for HI Hostels. Since its inception, as stated in its mission, the organisation's main goal has been to promote and encourage people of all ages to travel and to increase their knowledge and appreciation of nature and culture. The Hostel network enables young people of different nationalities, cultures and social background to meet informally, share experiences; learn about themselves, each other and their surroundings. Hostels foster a remarkable international awareness about current issues such as environmental issues, sustainable tourism and sustainable development as a whole. Hostelling also has a fundamental, but unofficial, role in the development of young people as future employees in a global market. HI-Iceland, based on the experience developed throughout the last 10 years years on applied sustainability aims at passing on the knowledge gained to the national and international public. The organization would now like to expand and capture all current practices in videos, photos and testimonies, meant to inspire and encourage others to contribute with their share for the benefit of our common planet. Objectives of project - Life at the hostels project aims at spreading eco-conscious behavior through visual means like photos, videos and testimonies from travelers in order to reduce the impact on the environment caused by traveling. The objective of the project is to offer visual information-promotion of applied sustainability at the hostels and to emphasize the role of hostelling and youth in sustainable tourism and its contribution to the global movement towards sustainable development. Number and profile of participants - Life at the hostels seeks 1 very motivated and enthusiastic volunteer willing to grow personally and professionally and build strong practical experience in the photo/video field. Volunteer’s enthusiasm, creativity and interest in order to engage with people, and a readiness to work with flexibility in changing or developing situations is essential. Particular interest in environmental issues, in sustainability, culture and responsible traveling are of big advantage. English language skills are essential while ethnic groups, religion, sexual orientation or political opinion are not taken into account. Previous background in photography/video recording are needed plus an open minded and enthusiastic attitude. Description of activities - recording interviews with the travelers/guests staying at the hostels, collecting testimonies about their view on the icelandic nature and sustainability practices noticed at the HI Iceland hostels - taking photos and preparing portfolios for each of the 32 hostels - shooting videos with the daily -regular quality and sustainability practices of the icelandic hostels - recording and promoting concerts, workshops, capturing the social/fun/sustainable vibe at the hostels - feeding the social/media with images and posts from the events - presenting the hostels as a social place to meet travelers and share life experiences - attending and organizing events at the Reykjavik Hostels, promote local culture and music Methodology to be used in carrying out the project The volunteer will work in close collaboration with the project coordinators and will follow the Timeline of activities. Monthly goals will be set that will contribute to a smooth development of the project. Results and impact envisaged - All participants in the proposed activities will highly benefit in terms of increased awareness about applied sustainability in the accommodation sector. HI Iceland's sustainable solutions developed throughout the years at the hostels, captured in visual ways will emphasize on the solutions that one person can apply in order to not only travel more responsible but also live a more sustainable life. Potential longer term benefits We hope Life at the hostels project will inspire and motivate other colleagues from the accommodation sector to harmonize their operations with the environment no matter in what part of the world is their hostel located. At the same time, we hope travelers will become more responsible, not only during their trips but at their homes as well in seeking ways to reduce their impact on the planet on a daily basis.
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