The Council’s Mission: To help all people, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and culture through hosteling. Hostels were founded by teachers who integrated travel with learning, thereby establishing a legacy of programs and activities that introduce the history and culture of the local community. Through programming, hostels have become and integral part of communities, attracting volunteers, memberships and partnerships. Hostels also foster their own sense of community by offering to each hosteler the opportunity to meet other travelers, share a dormitory-style room, cook in a communal kitchen, and interact in a common room. Sustainable environmental living, multicultural activities and travel programs are currently the core of programs found in hostels.