Hey there, my name is Mike;
after experiencing 17 countries and hosting on Airbnb for three years now, travelling and travellers are a part of who I am. PHI is the next level.
While hosteling out in Japan I met some of the most amazing people from Britain, Australia, Korea, Spain, Germany, and Japan (of course).
From our conversations we were all able to connect on different levels; creating the most unlikely of friendships. Continents away, and we are all still human. Hostels allow these conversations to happen, these friendships to occur, the spontaneous potluck dinners to form. That is the dream behind PHI, and the goal is to give that back to Chicago and the global community.
My name is Jack and I'm the resident nerd over at Peace Hostel. I got involved with this project because I think every culture has something to bring to the table, and I want to be a catalyst for them to come together and share this valuable information.
Every year PHI will host travellers in the beds, shuttle people to different city events at no charge, and send people abroad on travel scholarships. The dream is sending groups of four across the country and out of the country, where safe, in order to promote hostel stays and procure real life human connections. Groups will consist of four travellers in total, two guides, and two people who have never traveled before, gifting this experience will change the lives of those traveling and, hopefully, open their minds to possibilities they had never thought of before.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
For a more indepth look at how we plan to accomplish this, check out our business plan.