Youth Hostel Association
Anyone can join the YHA. Your membership card entitles you to stay in Youth Hostels all over Britain and in many other countries. Membership costs £9.95 a year if you are under 26 years old. There are certain discounts for students, those on low income and for families or groups. Check them out.
Over twenty hostels have been specially designed for use by people with disabilities and others have good access. Many hostels also have facilities for self catering and camping. Full details are given in the handbook, which is free to members of the YHA. For further information ring 0870 770 8868, or write to:
The YHA, (England & Wales)
Tel: 01629 592600
These are a great way for groups of young people to get to know one anotherís country and find out about the lifestyle of the young people who live there. You can stay either with one person in a family home or at a hostel.
There are grants available for exchanges with groups abroad. You can get more information on these and on exchanges generally by contacting your local Youth Office. If you are a group seeking advice on youth exchanges contact:
Connect Youth British Council
10 Spring Gardens
Tel: +44(0)20 7930 8466
Fax: +44(0)20 7389 6347