HOSPEX - a Database for International Exchange of Hospitality for Travellers
If so, then feel welcome to join the HOSPEX!
- Would you like to stay with local residents when travelling?
- Are you willing to host visitors?
- HOSPEX, the service for international exchange of hospitality, was started
in June of 1991 as a platform for finding and tying of contacts
between travelling academics and students and to alleviate the task
of finding affordable/ free (occassional) accommodations in foreign
places for often financially-strapped student travellers. Being
able to stay with a net.penpal for a couple of days is often all
the difference it takes to be able visit a place when "the budget
ain't enuff!" ;-))
- Being a host
- Even if you are "not much of a travelling type", but have a
spare bed (or even only some floor space for a sleeping bag) and
wouldn't mind occassional visitors -- please consider joining up;
we need you, and there can hardly be a better way to meet new
faces, be exposed to other cultures, learn to know other people
-- and perhaps become friends -- than by offering to shelter a
visiting student or professional collegue in transit.
Of course, all visits are subjected to prior private
agreements between the affected parties -- that's what
the email is for -- so no hosting individual is under any obligation
ever, if time or other factors do not permit being a host at some
given moment. And it really doesn't matter if what you've got to
offer is only a spare bed, floor space, a whole guest house or a
tent in your backyard.... all types of accommodations are equally
acceptable and welcome.
- Becoming a member
- is a matter of filling out a form and sending it via email.
That form will be stored in the HOSPEX' electronic database and
become accessible to other members via email, FTP and other
Currently (April 1995) there are members in over 35 countries on
all the continents and the database is growing at about 1-2 person
a week (depending on how much net.exposure the HOSPEX gets!).
Many members have reported wonderful experiences as both hosts
and guests of other hosts.
Get ready for new experiences. To partake in the HOSPEX
fill out the membership form.
Upon reception of your completed form, you will be sent
directions for searching of the HOSPEX member database via email
and how to access it interactively via FTP (and WWW shortly!).
You will also automatically be subscribed to the HOSPEX-L
IMPORTANT: please note the distinction between
the HOSPEX-L discussion list and the HOSPEX database itself. The
former is merely a companion service to the latter, meant to
provide a public-announcement channel for members and non-memebrs
alike. Anyone can partake in HOSPEX-L-discussions by sending an
appropriate subscription message to the listserver at PLEARN, but
only those that have returned a filled membership form will be
receiving automated mailings from the HOSPEX database, and be able
to query and extract records of the other members.
If you'd rather not receive messages from
that --hitherto very low volume-- discussion list, you will have
to unsubscribe by sending the message
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