Hostel owners love to take on volunteer travellers and I agree that it's a good idea, they are energetic, educated and lots of fun.
However anyone who has been hostelling in less fortunate countries will have seen things that make them feel that they want to do something and not know how. The simple truth is that social problems don't get cleared up overnight nomatter how many hand outs are given, but there is a way to start.
I would like to change this and my intentions are best described with an example: In a small town in Bulgaria there is a fantastic Hostel that will go unnamed. They are owned by an American, run by British and German staff and volunteers, they make plenty of income and have a good reputation. Outside this hostel there are local kids leaving the Orphanages at 18 years old with nowhere to go, no experience or education and no money. Most of the time their only choice is to go into crime or drugs, thus restarting the circle of social problems.
As hostel owners we can take a brief look out of our windows and think, is there somebody in this community I can help? Is there some way that my hostel can be used to give someone experience and education in a thriving industry? If the answer is yes then please, I urge you to reach out to those people. Forget the risks and worries that you would have, because if you can help just one person then you have created not only an amazing oppertunity for someone, but you have created a hostel that cares.
In 20 years you will regret the things that you didn't do more than the things that you did.
Thankyou for reading