Meet the Indy Hostel Crew
Paul: The Manager
Paul is an Indianapolis native who joined the Indy Hostel crew in October 2013. He has had a ton of fun experiences and knows the value of meeting good people along life's journey. His travels abroad started in the Air Force with Okinawa, Japan then Baghdad, Iraq. He has a degree in Elementary Education, studied in England, and backpacked through much of Europe. Most recently he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. After the Peace Corps he journeyed through Nepal, India, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, and Ireland before coming home to his family and friends in Indiana. Now working and volunteering in Indianapolis, he couldn't be more proud of the changes his city is going through. Although he loves being home, as the Thais say "his heart beats from his foot," and is always ready for the next adventure.
The Staff (aka Awesome Workers)
Nikki joined the Indy Hostel crew in August 2012. She's our most extensive traveler having visited 24 countries and has 80 stamps in her passports! She’s stayed in hostels all over the world and loves chatting with other travelers! In the past year she’s visited Nicaragua, Japan, Croatia, England, and France. She's a true wanderer by heart and has visited all over the world including: Australia, Thailand, many European Countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, & Greece), and many places in the grand 'ol USA! Her goal is to see 500 of the places featured in 1000 Places to See before You Die! She was born in San Francisco, CA and was raised in Indiana. By day, she works for IU School of Medicine. She works on Friday nights so stop by and say hello!
Roberto joined the Indy Hostel Crew in January of 2015. With a passion for listening to and learning from people's stories, he couldn't think of a better place to intern at than Indy Hostel. Also a freelance reporter/photographer by day (and sometimes by night), Roberto enjoys diving into subcultures and creating content and pictures which profile people or things through an objective lens. You can find some of his work in NUVO and Musical Family Tree as well other Indianapolis publications. Roberto has lived in Japan (Tsukuba) via a study abroad program as well as traveled throughout Europe and North America. The Indianapolis music scene and craft beer scene are two local movements which he's overjoyed to participate in. You can keep up with his comings and goings on Instagram or Twitter at @robertosmind.
Morgan joined the Indy Hostel crew in April 2015. She is currently a student at I.U.P.U.I., majoring in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management and receiving a certificate in Business Foundations. Morgan has enjoyed meeting new people from all around the world at the hostel and loves listening to their stories. In her free time, Morgan enjoys riding bikes, watching movies, spending time with her family and doing anything artistic, such as drawing and painting. After graduation, she hopes to travel to new countries outside of the U.S and then find a full-time position in the hospitality industry that will give her the opportunity to do what she loves.
As Hannah works on completing her senior year at Ball State University, she has been with the hostel since April of 2015. Her studies focus on travel & tourism which helps make Indy Hostel the perfect place for an internship. In her spare time Hannah enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, trying new foods and attending concerts. She draws inspiration from meeting people from different corners of the world not only by working at the hostel, but also by traveling whenever possible. In addition to briefly living in Sweden, Hannah has also traveled throughout Central Eastern Europe, Mexico and the United States. Each trip helps her realize the significance of community involvement, no matter the location. This growing realization strengthens her passion for her own community and she is always finding ways to get involved in helping Indianapolis bloom. As graduation time arrives, her goal is to secure a full-time position in Indianapolis where she can really be involved in the city's developments in order to provide a peaceful home for community members as well as coveted destination for travelers. Share your explorations throughout Indianapolis and the world on Twitter @travellane
Julia joined the Indy hostel crew in April 2015. She has always had a fascination with traveling and learning about different cultures, so working at the hostel has been an intriguing experience for her. Julia is currently finishing up her degree at Ball State University where she studies hospitality and food management. In her free time, Julia enjoys practicing yoga, exercising, rock climbing, traveling, exploring new places around Indy, and of course spending time with family and friends. Julia has traveled all around the United States, and has also visited Frankfurt, Germany and Vitoria, Spain. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue to add to her international travels, and take a couple of months to backpack around Europe. Julia would like to work in various parts of the hospitality and tourism industry throughout her career. Some careers that are of particular interest to her are flight attending, and event planning/coordinating for cruise lines.
Hostel Legend List: Ryan
Ryan is the man who makes the world turn, as well as this boat. Difficult he can do, the impossible just takes him a little longer.
John & Karen: The Owners
John and Karen wear many hats here at the Indy Hostel. John helps with maintenance and some back office functions, while Karen helps with housekeeping management and is our very own Yoga Instructor. They stay busy around the hostel and have been here since the doors first opened in late 2003! Meeting travelers from all over always keeps them energized and they are always excited to hear traveler’s super stories and interesting itineraries as they have been inspirational! As the owners of Indy Hostel, they feel like they travel every day but never have to pack, and always sleep in their own bed! Their recent trips have taken them to: Mexico, West Virginia, Italy, and New Jersey. They love to travel and host travelers, and couldn't think of a more fitting position to be in. So stop by soon and get here on a night when you can attend one of Karen's marvelous yoga classes!