Histórico e Filosofia da Hostelling International

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Hostelling International, the brand’s worldwide network of hostels – the largest network of hosting the world – came from a travel philosophy that blends the discovery of cultures and people with an economical and accessible tourism for all ages.

On August 26, 1909, the German Professor Richard Schirmann envisioned the creation of hostels after being surprised by a storm, when he needed to take refuge along a road. The first Hostel began operating three years later in a castle in Altena, Germany, restored historic monument and works today.

In the late 20, the Hostelling spread throughout Europe. At this time, there was a real boom! Hostels, which spread throughout the continent. In 1927, hostels were created in Switzerland and Poland; in 1929, the Netherlands; in 1930, in England, Norway and France, and in 1931, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland.

Histórico e Filosofia da Hostelling International
Histórico e Filosofia da Hostelling International

During World War II, the movement stagnated and many hostels have been destroyed. In 1945, at the end of the conflict, they began to be restored and the movement came to be regarded as a form of reintegration of European youth.

Only in 1934 the Hostelling reached the American continent, specifically in the United States. Four years later, Canada also joined the network of hostels. Argentina (1956) and Uruguay (1958) were the first South American countries to be part of the movement. Both even worked for the expansion of network in America and opened the doors for the entry of Chile, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Brazil.


Hostels arrived in Brazil in 1961, through the double Cariocas educators Joachim and Ione Trotta, who brought the idea to the country after having visited a hostel in France in 1956.

The first Brazilian Hostel was named Residence Ramos and was installed in Ramos neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro. Remained open from 1965 to 1973. In the same period, worked in São Paulo two hostels, one in the capital and another in Campos do Jordao, which were closed by the military government on the grounds of bringing together university students.

In 1971, founded the Brazilian Federation of Youth Hostels (FBAJ), headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, and in 1984 the Paulista Youth Hostels Association (Apaj) that during the administration of Franco Montoro ahead of São Government Paul received significant support, including the four properties donation – one in Campos do Jordao, one in Pindamonhangaba (both previously used by employees of the Iron fields Jordan Road), a property in Singapore and a house in the Jaragua State Park, which was inhabited by bandeirante Afonso Sardinha. In early 1986, John Doria Jr. became president of Embratur and encouraged the work of hostels, making them known throughout Brazil.

Brazil has more than 80 hostels accredited by the Brazilian Federation of Youth Hostels, establishing goals and developing guidelines for its affiliates and maintains contacts with other federations in the world.


Our philosophy is that young people around the world know through Hostelling International, countries, cities, cultures and customs and learn to respect the peculiarities of each people and to live in society, contributing to the formation of the young. The hostels cherish the spirit of friendship, the sense of solidarity and the desire to travel. Being hostelling is especially love freedom, dignify human coexistence and respect. The success of Hostelling rests on the mission and philosophy that are rooted in the movement.


“To encourage the education of all young people of all nations, especially those with limited resources, encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care for nature as well as a knowledge of the cultural values ​​of cities, both large and small, from all over the world, and as a means to achieve it, offer hostels or other class accommodation in which there are no distinctions of race, nationality, color, religion, sex, social class or political opinions, so that they can get so to better understand the his fellow men, both in their own country and abroad. “

That is our mission as stipulated in Article 2 of the Statute of the International Federation of Youth Hostels (International Youth Hostel Federation – IYHF)..

Hostelling birth to Richard Schirrmann
Created with the principle of helping young people of limited economic resources to enjoy nature and the cities of the world, hostels are today at the heart of international tourism for a wide age range. The annual contribution of hostellers on the ticket of the world tourism industry has come to reach $ 1.4 billion USA. Since 1909, the year that the hostels were born of German teacher tours Richard Schirrmann with his students, the Hostelling has already become one of the largest membership organizations for youth in the world, with a higher number of members to 3 million, and a philosophy more valid today than ever.

Hostels worldwide

Hostelling International currently generates 35 million annual overnight stays in its more than 4,000 hostels spread over 60 countries. Reserve them in advance could not be easier than through this website. CADO the 30s and bring your car family, how to get alone, on foot with a backpack, or as part of a group of students … For Hostelling tampoco is an end in itself. For hostellers of all ages, the hostels constitute a passport for the cultural exploration and appreciation of nature.

The economic, social and political environment that frames the Hostelling completely changed during the last century. The movement went out of their original European core to embrace the whole world and meet the expectations of today’s youth, who have more money and free time, and enjoy more mobility than ever.

Hostelling and Youth

The network of hostels enables young people of different nationalities, cultures and social conditions, to meet in an informal setting, to exchange experiences, learn to know themselves and to others, and find out where they are. The hostels promote an authentic awareness of topical issues on an international scale.

The Hostelling also plays a key role, although played in the development of young people, in their capacity as future employees in the global labor market. The surroundings of the hostels promotes social awareness and pone manifiesto the importance of citizenship for living together. On the other hand, it helps to develop a sense of self-discipline that can live different situations, seeing themselves forced to make decisions for themselves, and learning from the consequences.

Young people have turned into mouthpieces of the ecological problems of our planet and call us to unite ourselves to them. Thanks to the constant force that characterizes the movement of youth hostels, we have managed to achieve their expectations. And we will continue doing as they are being born new generations and that the youth of today to become the hostellers families tomorrow.

Hostels developement

Hostelling International strives to promote the expansion and efficiency of Youth Hostels Associations worldwide. Our mission is to extend the network of hostels to new locations, establishing the same working methods and high quality standards everywhere, and boost hostelling ideal through promotions and collaborations internationally.

Revenues generated by our activities are reversed in its entirety and thus the most profitable hostels help sustain those located more remote places, which, if not with this help, possibly would not be economically viable. Operating revenues also serve to finance both physical nature programs as intellectual as well as to increase the half-environmental awareness among users in general hostels.

Thanks to these initiatives, Hostelling International continues to open the doors to the youth world and assuring a service always in line with the needs of the moment.

 Hostelling International Future

Hostelling International collaborates with governments and charities of all countries to open the doors of world tourism. Together we promote education in its broadest sense and toasted everyone the opportunity to discover new cultures of an intensely satisfactory.

Commercial entities also play a role in our movement and in turn benefit our ideology. When you join with us and support our work, they help us to trace the path to success, without this leave compromising our fundamental principles, not lose sight of our goals.

The demands of modern life subject young people to an ever increasing number of pressures of all kinds. The fight of IYHF to achieve your goals has never been more important or relevant than today and there has never been a more opportune time to strive to win. Thanks to its unique structure and philosophy, and thanks to the support of its business partners, the various governments and young people themselves, the IYHF is in an ideal situation to achieve this end and keep the world’s doors open to youth

Environmental standards

he Federation strives to foster among its associations, half-environmental awareness and seeks to unite working methods within the ecological context, so that the movement of the Youth Hostels play the role that corresponds to them in the conservation of the environment. So that can accomplish this goal, the Federation established its goals based on the following seven principles:

(1) Energy Conservation
Associations shall monitor their energy consumption, as the production of energy is the main cause of the reduction of natural resources, global warming, acid rain and climate change. If you must do everything possible to consume a minimum of energy. The IYHF will strive to use renewable energy sources and, where possible, support the implementation of projects aimed at this purpose.

(2) Recycling
Associations will commit to use, whenever the economic circumstances permit them wholly or partially recycled products. Separation of waste such as paper, plastic, batteries, bottles and cans, shows young people and other users of youth hostels in a very visible way, our care with the use of the resources of our planet. Take will be measures to ensure the quality of water, in order to waste as little as possible and to minimize leaks.

(3) Contamination
Associations will adopt reasonable means, among which will help local authorities and other agencies, to minimize contamination. The elimination of waste, including the waste basket, should be effective and acceptable from an ecological point of view.

(4) Transportation
Associations encourage the use of public transport where available. Alternatively, if the advise hostellers that share your car. All youth hostels should provide detailed information about public transport in the area. If you encourage the hostellers with car, exploring the attractive surroundings using public transport, cycling or walking. In order to facilitate this goal, hostels should provide extended parking whenever possible.

(5) Nature
Associations support the formation of nature reserves, national parks and other areas created with the specific purpose of providing both a habitat for animals and plants as a place for the rest of the people, the clubs will devote part of the land of their hostels the “wild garden” where the place permits, in that they can grow a variety of plants or some specific herbs whose function is to feed certain species of animals and insects.

(6) Education Half-environmental
Associations will consider the creation of specific funds for the provision of half-environmental education in youth hostels that are able to do so. The hostels can be suitable places to obtain teaching materials on the environment.

(7) Consumption
Associations should take account of environmental factors when carrying out any purchase. There is a whole range of products that claim to be environmentally friendly; local circumstances are those that determine the greater or lesser transcendence these products. Associations should keep abreast of the latest research in this field because it is an area that changes very quickly.

Whenever possible, you should use: recycled paper, food produced on site, coming perhaps from the hostel’s own garden, materials for apropiados construction should include manufactured materials locally or recycled where it is economically feasible, and minimum amounts of products chemical cleaning, in order to protect health and ensure hygiene.

Whenever possible, you should use: recycled paper (which lleve el logo reciclaje) food produced on site, coming perhaps from the hostel’s own garden, materials for apropiados construction should include manufactured materials locally or recycled where it is economically viable, and minimum amounts of cleaning chemicals in order to protect the health and ensure hygiene.