IOU Respect is a cultural exchange program designed to increase the participants’ knowledge of other cultures, help them develop skills for intercultural communication and foster attitudes that promote mutual understanding and tolerance.
Held July 25-August 8, at the Yves Robert HI Hostel in Paris, France, the program is comprised of facilitated dialogue sessions, team-building projects, and group outings designed to increase participants’ knowledge of other cultures.
Throughout the exchange program, participants will be facing difficult topics, including religion, stereotyping, international conflict, identity, discrimination, and privilege.
Participants are selected based on a competitive application process, in which applications are accepted through May 15. All program costs are covered for participants, including accommodations in Paris. To qualify, candidates must be a citizen from one of the countries listed and 18-23 years old.
This program is sponsored by Hostelling International (HI), a nonprofit organization with a global collection of more than 4,000 hostels in more than 80 countries. Interested candidates can apply through Hostelling International USA(HI USA), the US affiliate of HI. HI USA is a national nonprofit with a mission to create a more tolerant world, and programs like IOU Respect bring this mission to life.