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What's going on in Wisconsin, you ask...
Exciting Volunteer Opportunities with HI-WI
THANK YOU to our special event sponsors- We couldn't do it without you!
Would you or your company like to sponsor HI-Wisconsin?
It was a very busy summer for HI-Wisconsin. We can
celebrate another successful tourist season at the
Madison Hostel, as well as the official opening of
our new Eagle Home Hostel in the Kettle Morraine
State Forest. Also, our very popular canoe program
helped many nature lovers navigate Wisconsin waters.
Last but not least, as an organization, we
expanded our the number of educational
programs we offer to the community. Thanks for
staying involved with HI-WI,
and look out for the many opportunities we offer to
assist in your travel adventures.
Hostel Manager Hired
Madison Hostel Continues Move Forward
Ereck Jarvis, a graduate student at the University
of Wisconsin- Madison and current employee of the
Madison Hostel, was hired in September to run the
day-to-day operations of Madison's only
Ereck joined the HI-Madison Hostel in the summer of
2005. During his first year as a front desk employee
Ereck went above and beyond the call of duty, and
made the hostel an excellent accomodation for over
4,000 international and domestic guests.
Besides excelling in his daily responsibilities at
the hostel, Ereck is pursuing his doctorate in
English and teaching courses in his department. His
great leadership skills, customer service, and
understanding of the hostel will make Ereck a great
manager for Madison.
Check out our new & improved website
A big thanks to the WI-Council's Webmaster, Colin
Introducing... Hostelling International-Wisconsin's
World Travel 101
The "What's" and "Why's" of Educational Programming
Every month we dedicate a brief segment to the next
program to be offered by Hostelling International -
Wisconsin. This month we felt it important
to give our readers a brief history of some of our
programs to better inform you of not just "where" our next program is but "what" it entails
and "why" we offer this as a community educational
program in Wisconsin.
World Travel 101 (WT101) is an educational travel
seminar designed for travelers and potential
travelers of all ages. This workshop is a place
for folks who have not traveled much to start their
voyage... ultimately to become savvy travelers and
citizens. Travel Education Seminars are designed to
teach the essentials- they offer information
about how to prepare for domestic and
international travel, and they focus on what it
means to “journey with an open mind and gentle
heart.” World Travel 101 workshops go beyond
providing basic travel tips in order to educate
young people not
only about how to travel, but about why it is
important to travel in a way that is respectful to
different cultures, peoples and norms. Offered in
schools and community
program is designed primarily for young people
preparing for their first trips, but can also be
valuable to adult hostellers looking to expand the
scope and depth of their trips. The seminar also
helps participants approach hostelling as a fun,
thoughtful, and unique learning experience.
At present Hostelling Internatinal-Wisconsin has
provided WT101 seminars at public libraries, on
campus at the UW, at local coffee shops, and at the
Madison REI. One major accomplishment in the fall
of 2005 included a large-scale presentation of WT101
to a Womens' Studies course at the UW-Madison.
Within an hour and a half we collaborated with 160
college students, and had an excellent dialogue about
being a global citizen, cultural
factors one may encounter while traveling, and special
considerations for the solo female traveler.
If you are interested in having HI-Wisconsin present
this program to a group of students or would simply
like to host an hour program on the essentials of
beginning travel, please contact our program and
volunteer coordinator, Tina, at 608-441-0030.
Volunteer with us!
Join our team of global citizens
See the "Volunteer" links on the left to explore
various volunteer opportunities. If you are interested:
- Call Tina at 608.441.0030
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stop by the Madison Hostel at 141 S. Butler
Open House Re-Cap
Open House and Art Show a Huge Success!
Over the past several months, we have detailed the
happenings of the "Picture Your Summer" photo contest and Open House
for the Madison Hostel. On Saturday September 16th,
the Madison Hostel welcomed almost fifty guests and
participants in our Picture Your Summer photo contest.
The goal of the event was to allow children, in two
separate elementary schools, to detail
their summer activities and community happenings via
photography. Each child was given a disposable
camera and had three months to take pictures- in the
end, all contestants' photos were voted on, and
contest winners received prizes. Winning photos
were enlarged and hung inside the Madison
real successes from this program were illustrated by
engaging children in the learning process around
community and culture as well as seeing the diversity
in each child's neighborhood, family and summer
activities around the city of Madison.
The children's photographs that were awarded prizes
Orchard Ridge Elementary (Pablo Soto, Mel Stec,
Mashanti McIntosh, Jackson Harrington, Bene McGee,
Ally Clarke, and Romell Denton).
Leopold Elementary (Lauren Wendland, Jacob Nelson,
Tyler Sheppard, Robert Fritsch, Luis
Limon-Hernandez, and Brandon Spence).
We would also like to thank our sponsors for
supporting Hostelling International-
Wisconsin and their help in making this event possible:
- Channel 27 news
- Acme Photo
Hostel of the Month
New York's second largest city, Buffalo is known
world-wide for its architectural treasures; only
Chicago boasts a larger collection of buildings by
America's foremost architects: Frank Lloyd Wright,
Louis Sullivan, and Henry Hobson Richardson. The
acclaimed Albright-Knox Art Gallery boasts one of
the top collections of modern art in the world.
Guidebooks comment on Buffalo's lively nightlife
scene: The hostel is located a short walk from the
center of activity--and just 1km from the Anchor Bar
and Restaurant, where Buffalo chicken wings were
invented. A city of sports enthusiasts, Buffalo has
professional hockey, football, and baseball teams.
HI-Buffalo Niagara is a great base for visiting
Niagara Falls, one of the top travel destinations in
North America. As Rough Guide USA puts it, "Once
you've seen Niagara Falls, from as many different
angles as you can manage, there's no point in
sticking around, and you'll have a better time
heading on to Buffalo." There is frequent city bus
service from Buffalo to The Falls, return fare
$3.50 With your passport (and visa if required),
you may walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada.
Wisconsin Book Festival Arrives in Madison
The fifth annual Wisconsin Book Festival will be a
five-day celebration, in and around downtown
Madison, from October 18-22, 2006. Designed to
delight booklovers of all walks, tastes, and ages,
the Festival features readings, lectures, book
discussions, writing workshops, live interviews,
children's events, and more.
The Festival is not a sales fair or "book expo;" rather, it is a series of dynamic interactive
programs that celebrate the written word, writers,
reading, and books. Drawing total annual attendance
around 10,000, Festival events are designed to reach
diverse audiences of all ages.
This year, over the same weekend, there will also be
Book Festivals in Eau Claire, Edgerton, and
Milwaukee. Watch this site for details! For more
information about the schedule of events and
speakers, please visit the official Wisconsin Book
Festival website: http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/
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