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.
Nikki & Eric: The Staff (aka Awesome Workers)
Nikki joined the Indy Hostel crew in August 2012. She's our 2nd most extensive traveler having visited 20 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 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!
Eric officially joined the Indy Hostel crew in September 2014. He had been helping with events and other odd jobs around the hostel since his return from the Czech Republic in mid-summer. He is originally from Greenwood, IN, and attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2008. After that, he moved to South Korea to teach English to children and adults in the southwestern part of the country. Two years later, wanting to explore other areas of the world, Eric travelled around Southeast Asia for a while before landing in Central Europe. He lived in Prague and managed an English School for young-learners for two and half years. Living in this part of the world allowed him to travel around a bit of Europe, exploring and playing sports.
When he is not travelling, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, camping and playing sports. He loves doing anything on the water, especially kayaking and rafting. He is now back in Indy, working at the hostel, among other jobs, saving money for his next big adventure. He plans to venture down to South America in 2015. Come by the hostel and see him while he is around town.
Addison: Social Media and Marketing Manager
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: Laura and Sara
Laura is a senior at Butler University. She is studying critical communication and media studies. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, she has lived on three continents and visited over 17 countries. She loves meeting new people and learning from new cultures. She has an adventurous spirit. In South Africa, Laura swam with 12 great white sharks and in Switzerland, she did a 300 ft free fall bungee jump in the Alps. She is looking forward to moving back to Europe after graduation.
Sara is a senior at Butler University and pursuing a degree in International Studies. Her studies on the world’s vast and diverse cultures have done little to tame her wild heart and thirst for new experiences. A small town New Hampshire girl turned Indiana resident, she plans on continuing her travels both inside and outside the United States. She has been to England and France with her family (but they take too long to get up in the morning) and she can’t wait to continue to venture abroad post-graduation. She is currently adventuring the Indianapolis region, from meeting new people to (mostly) finding new places to eat.
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!