HOSPEX member form
Thank you for your interest in joining HOSPEX.
Since HOSPEX is a
special list, you MUST fill out the following form to join. There are
also some simple rules of HOSPEX that you need to know about.
RULES (just common courtesy and common sense):
- ALWAYS contact potential hosts in advance (e-mail works best).
Never appear at some one's door unannounced.
- Discuss any shared costs in advance. This is a responsibility that
both the host and guest share. If you expect to receive payment for
something state it on the application. If you see it on the application,
discuss it with the host before your arrival. and if you are hosting
and expect payment for something, tell your guest prior to their
- Be sure to discuss and agree on dates of arrival and departure.
- If you want something different than is on the host form, discuss it
- Be clear and concise in all communication. Remember that English
is a foreign language to many people on this list. Don't use colloquial
phrases or idioms as these can be misunderstood by some people.
And try to be sure that you and your host/guest have communicated
what you really meant to say.
- To have access to the database you MUST be willing to serve as a
PROCEDURE FOR BECOMING A MEMBER:
- Agree to the spirit and rules of HOSPEX
- Fill out the form.
Be clear and concise and make your requirements known. For example, if
you do not want guests smoking in your home, put it on your form.
Be open and honest!
- Wait a few days to be added to the database (part of this is a
manual process) and to the HOSPEX-L discussion list.
Please note that current backlog is about a month (June 1997),
so be patient.
HOW DO YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM?
First, sit and think for a minute, "what do I want other HOSPEX users to
know about me?" What would potential guests like to know about me? Try to
fill out the form with as much detail as possible. (Remember to include the
area code with your phone number.) If you are not able to provide
accommodations, give a shortly explanation why and suggest some other services
you might offer HOSPEX visitors instead. When filling in the language field,
do not forget to name your mother tongue. Also, state the level of proficiency
for all the languages you list in this field (e.g., fluent, elementary, etc.).
When filling the 'SHARED EXPENSES' field remember that this is not supposed to
be a rent and that the service is free. Usually you use this field to state
what do you expect your guest to pay for (e.g. food, phone ...).
Field 'EXPECTATIONS' is provided to explain what do you expect your guest
to do and not to do when staying with you.
Do not forget to describe yourself. Who are you? What are your hobbies?
REMEMBER: The information you provide about yourself creates an image of you
in the minds of other HOSPEX members querying the database.
If you have any questions, please address them to