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The youth hostel movement was born in Germany since 1909. The idea began with the German schoolteacher Richard Schirmann, who arranged for students of limited means visits to the countryside and cities of the world and to be accommodated in village schools. The idea soon spread across Europe with a series of youth hostel associations being set up in different countries until 1932 the international youth hostel federation was founded.

Its mission is “ to promote the education of all young people of all nations, but especially young people of limited means, by encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities in all parts of the world, and to provide hostels or other accommodation in which there shall be no distinctions of race, nationality, color, religion, sex, class, or political opinions and thereby to develop a better understanding of their fellow men, both at home and abroad "


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