The Wisconsin Hosteller
Bringing the WORLD to Wisconsin
June 2006
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Welcome to the first e-newsletter for HI-USA members and friends of the Wisconsin Council of Hostelling International. We will be sending monthly newsletters to keep you informed about events at Wisconsin Hostels, travel and volunteer opportunities, as well as some great educational travel programs that will help you plan your next trip. Don't forget to check out the coupon near the end to see this month's special!

Check out the Madison Hostel's New Look!
Volunteers add style, color, and function to revitialize this turn-of-the century building
Room 5

Work, work, and more work from over twenty Madison Hostel staff, board, and volunteers helped the Hostel achieve a brand new look, just in time for Spring! You might not even recognize the place if you haven't been back in the last year... Carpet has been installed, rooms stylishly redesigned, and new paint colors decorate the walls.

Mike Krause, General Manager of the Madison Hostel, would like to recognize and thank all the volunteers who made this remodelling adventure happen. "It was great to have people come together to beautify the building. I think hostel guests will be quite pleased at the results."

Experience "Epidemic Peace Imagery"
New Art Exhibition at the Madison Hostel

The Madison Hostel is fortunate to host a beautiful display of artwork and poetry entitled Epidemic Peace Imagery, which encompasses over 50 works from poets and visual artists from Wiscosnin and beyond.

This exhibit began in 2003 as a collaboration among peace activist Claire Box, poet Robin Chapman, and visual artist Russell Gardner. They envisioned an exhibit that would help others visualize a path to peace. Their journey continues to expand as the exhibit travels around Wisconsin with a message of peace.

Visitors are invited to the Madison Hostel to view the exhibit (Open Sunday-Thursday, 8am-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 8am-10pm). For more information, please contact us at 608-441-0144 or just click here.

Join us for the 2006 Canoe Season!
Plan your next canoe adventure with HI-Wisconsin

Join fellow outdoor adventurists in one of this year's many exciting canoe trips throughout Wisconsin. No experience is needed- just bring yourself, your family, or your friends and get ready for some fun.

Click here to see the 2006 Canoe schedule.

Volunteer with us!
We can help you keep your connection to the world of travel

Come on in... We always keep our doors open for volunteers. In fact, it's the very thing that keeps our organization thriving today! Volunteering with the HI-Wisconsin Council is not only fun and rewarding, but it is guaranteed to help you keep your connection to travel well after you have returned home.

Currently, we are recruiting volunteers to help us in the following positions:

  • Be a tour guide for Hostel Guests... show them around the town, let them in on the hidden "hot spots", share a cultural hobby, and so much more!
  • Help us with our website design... we can always use advice from the technologically savvy
  • Host a conversation night in a language you may speak
  • Co-facilitate an educational travel seminar
  • Create a display at a Hostel to inform guests about an interesting topic
  • Organize and implement activities about travel and intercultural exchange for a group of students
  • Design your own project based on your unique skills and abilities

If you are interested in volunteering:

  • Call us at 608.441.0130
  • Email us at
  • Stop by the Madison Hostel at 141 S. Butler Street

Annual Meeting of Hostelling Wisconsin
HI Members convened to celebrate a successful year

HI-Wisconsin members gathered for the Annual Meeting in late March to acknowledge the past year's successes and to plan future goals for the Wisconsin Council. Accomplishments include: a successful year of educational travel programming, increased community partnerships, and the creation of a solid strategic plan to guide us through the next five years. Over this next year, we'll be working diligently to expand hostelling, programming, and intercultural exchange throughout Wisconsin!

Hostelling Wisconsin will partner with Girl Scouts!
Hostelling Int'l awards HI-Wisconsin $1000 grant to pursue Community Walls-Wisconsin program

We are pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Council will soon be partnering with Girls Scouts USA. In the next few months, we will begin our Community Walls-Wisconsin Project, a fun and educational component of Hostelling International's Opening Doors, Opening Minds program, which asks youth, "What is it like to live in your community?" The Community Walls-Wisconsin service project teaches youth to gain cultural understanding, to define their community, build pride in their culture, and to express what it is like to live in their neighborhood through the creation of an original painting. We, as a Council, decided to take on this community program to:

  • Expand awareness of hostelling in Wisconsin
  • Develop an ongoing partnership with Girl Scouts USA
  • Educate a new demographic of potential hostellers & global citizens
  • Increase cultural awareness locally
  • Add meaningful artwork to display in the Madison Hostel and other local venues
We are looking for interested volunteers to assist us in the great venture. Please contact Sherie at if you'd like to get involved.

Book a bed in Madison and you could win a free night's stay!

Sleep with us
The next 25 people who book a bed in Madison will be automatically entered into our June raffle for a free night's stay. Please mention code MAD5XNWS when making your reservation.

Call us at 608.441.0144, book on-line at or use our "Book a Bed in Madison" link on the left hand side of this newsletter.

Donate Now to expand Wisconsin's Opening Doors, Opening Minds program

Our goal is to build a new generation of global citizens unburdened by damaging stereotypes, emboldened by open minds, appreciative of their own heritage and understanding of others through the dialogue and education that come through hostelling.

Contact Mike Krause at 608.441.0030, or by email at if you would like to help us financially in this endeavor.

Learn More

Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of nearly 80 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean.

The Wisconsin Council of Hostelling International aims to provide information and services for potential and current HI-USA members. Through HI-Wisconsin, you can learn about programs such as educational travel seminars, renew your HI membership card, and find out about local activities and volunteer opportunities. Volunteering with your local HI-USA council can help you keep your connection to travel well after you have returned home.


Wisconsin Council of Hostelling International

Phone: 608.441.0144