Meet the Indy Hostel Crew

Paul: The Manager

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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.

Interested in knowing more about Paul?  Contact Outdoor Indy through the hostel or check out his blog at:

Nikki & Courtney: The Staff (aka Awesome Workers)

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Nikki joined the Indy Hostel crew in August 2012. She's our most extensive traveler having visited 18 countries and has 50 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 many European Countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, & Greece), in addition a few places in the states, (San Francisco, CA, Big Sky, MT, and Palm Desert, CA [for Coachella!!!])! 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! Check out her travel blog on our website:

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Courtney joined the Indy Hostel team as a live-in staff member. She was born near Boston, Ma and managed not to obtain a distinguishable accent! She graduated from a small liberal arts school in Pittsburgh, Pa with a bachelor’s in Political Science, a concentration in Global Affairs, and double minors in Sociology and Theological Studies. She just moved to Indianapolis after a year of adventure and exploration. She farmed organically in Madison, WI, campaigned in Pittsburgh for the presidential election of 2012, Sous-chefed on a wine vineyard in Rhode Island, dove with sharks off the coast of Bali, meditated with His Holiness the Dali Lama, pondered the meaning of life with Kal Penn from Harold and Kumar, and has arrived in Indianapolis to join the food revolution with Whole Foods Market. Her plans are to land a career in food tourism. She loves meeting new people at the Hostel so sit down, grab a cup of coffee and have a chat!

Addison: Social Media and Marketing Manager

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Addison graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, in December of 2012 with a self-created degree in Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions and a minor in Public Health. In January of 2013, he moved to Austin, Texas where he played music and did psychological research at the University of Texas at Austin. After moving back to Indianapolis in July of 2013, Addison founded "Keep Indy Indie" which is a spin-off of Austin's "Keep Austin Weird" support local campaign. Keep Indy Indie promotes independent business, localization, and community empowerment and seeks to foster creativity and entrepreneurism in Indianapolis. He became a live-in staff member at Indy Hostel on his 25th birthday in November of 2013. Keep Indy Indie has partnered with Indy Hostel to host events such as concerts and art shows. 

The Interns: Phoebe and Vanessa

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Phoebe is interning with the Indy Hostel during her final semester at Ball State University. In May she will graduate with a bachelor’s in Travel and Tourism. Her favorite trip was a 6700-mile cross-country road trip. She has traveled to 31 US states. This past summer she participated in a 3-week field study of Central Europe. She’s visited Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy and spent 2 weeks traveling France – so far. She was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana but hopes her list of residences will grow after graduation. She has a passion for all things local and independent. She’s also an avid coffee drinker, journaler, and photographer.

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Vanessa comes to Indy Hostel as our event coordinating intern. She is a senior at IUPUI majoring in Journalism, with a concentration in Public Relations. She is set to graduate this coming May, also with a minor in event management.

Vanessa was born and raised in a Greensburg, Indiana. Moving to Indianapolis in 2009, she now considers Indy home.
Coming from a family with a passion for skiing, she has visited many world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts. Her favorite trip thus far would be the vacation she spent snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park.  Her future goals include finding a location to live that best fits her personal style where she can open her very own thrift store. Vanessa also plans to “eat her way across the world.” In hopes of being able to go to Europe this summer, she encourages all to stop by the hostel and share their favorite local eateries across the world that just simply cannot be passed up!

John & Karen: The Owners

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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!

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