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EXPERIENCES | YOU SELL AN EXPERIENCE PACKAGE WITH ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED

What is an 'Experience Host'?

An experience host is someone who offers a specialized experience, lessons or travel adventure. All experience hosts are required to include accommodation as part of their experience package.

The experiences can come in a wide variety of categories including:

  • Meditation Retreats
  • Yoga/Surf Camps
  • Culinary/Photography/Dance Lessons
  • Scuba Diving, Skiing, Adventure Travel
  • Tours
  • Etc...

If you host an experience that isn't currently included, please feel free to contact us and inquire.

How can I become an 'Experience Host'?

The requirements are quite simple. Your experience must include accommodations and you must be prepared to meet the needs of travelers. To ensure quality, all experience hosts must be approved by our administration.

To become a host you must simply sign up with Hovos, complete a profile and be approved.

What does it cost?

There is no fee to sign up as an experience host. Hovos takes a commission ONLY when you book a traveler. (See below for more details.)

You choose what to charge a traveler per day for their experience with you.

How do I sign up?

The sign-up process is simple. When you click the "Sign Up" button, you will be presented with 3 options. Once you choose 'Experience' you'll be prompted to create an account and then fill out your profile.

It is important to include as much information as possible so that your profile will be approved. To view an example profile click here.

How do I book travelers?

Once you have an active profile it will appear in our 'Experience Host Category' as well as search results. We will promote host profiles on our social media and in advertisements. It is important to keep your profile as professional and detailed as possible for best results.

When a traveler is interested in booking with you, they will be able to send a booking inquiry from your profile. If you can accommodate their travel dates, they will be sent a bill for the full amount. (Your daily rate) x (Number of days they are staying with you) = (Total Charges)

How do payments work?

travelers will pay for the experience through our secure payment system. Funds will be held until the travelers' arrival date (in case of cancellation). The payment, minus a 10% commission, will then be deposited directly into your chosen account. (Bank or Paypal)

Are there reviews?

Yes, absolutely. To ensure quality all travelers will be given the option to review their hosts following their trip.

If you have additional questions about becoming an experience host, please read our FAQ's or Contact Us.

WORK & HELP EXCHANGES | YOU NEED HELP WITH A PROJECT AND OFFER ACCOMMODATION IN EXCHANGE

What is a 'Work or Help Exchange Host'?

A work or help exchange host is someone who offers room and board to travelers in exchange for help with their projects.

These type of hosts can need help with a wide variety of things, including:

  • Gardening/Farming
  • Hostel/Tourism Support
  • Au Pair/Childcare
  • Eco Projects
  • Art Projects
  • Computers/Websites
  • Language Practice
  • Etc...

Hosting volunteers can be a great way not only to save money and complete your projects but also to meet and socialize with people from around the world.

How can I become a 'Work or Help Exchange Host'?

To become a host you must simply sign up with Hovos and complete a detailed profile that includes what type of project you have, the accommodation you offer, the amount of work you expect, etc... The more information and pictures you include, the more appealing your profile will be to travelers.

It is important to make sure that the amount of work you require in exchange is fair and reasonable. The travelers will need time to explore the area and have fun.

What does it cost?

There is no fee to create an account with Hovos. However, to become a member which allows you to contact as many travelers/volunteers as you like, there is a membership fee of $25/year.

How do I sign up?

The sign-up process is simple. When you click the "Sign Up" button, you will be presented with 3 options. Once you choose 'Host', you'll be prompted to create an account and then fill out your profile.

How do I find volunteers?

Once you have an active profile, it will appear in our 'Work Exchange Hosts' or 'Help Exchange Hosts' category. It will then be available for all our travelers.

As a host, you can also contact travelers who you think might be a good fit. When a traveler creates a profile, they include the places they want to visit as well as their skills. Hovos matches these with your requirements and will suggest possible travelers for you to contact. Additionally, you can search through our database of travelers at any time.

Can I contact travelers outside of Hovos?

Communication outside of Hovos is blocked for non-members. (Emails, websites, phone numbers, etc... are blocked from the chat.) Once the membership fee has been paid Hovos will un-block the filters and contact information can be sent. Regardless of how you communicate, please be sure to finalize any deals through Hovos, as this is the only way to ensure that a deal is valid. Please see "Are there reviews?" for more information.

What is a fair 'deal'?

An average deal is around 5 hours of work per day/ 5 days per week in exchange for meals and accommodation. If more work is required it is a good idea to offer additional compensation. The more generous the deal, the more travelers will be interested.

If you offer free bicycles or transportation for your travelers, or any other perks, be sure to include these in your profile.

Are there reviews?

Yes, absolutely. To ensure quality, all travelers will be given the option to review their hosts following their trip and vice versa. Please take the time to review all your travelers.

Note: The ONLY way that you can review the traveler is to officially accept them through Hovos. If you do not use our contact forms to make an arrangement we cannot add in reviews after-the-fact.

If you have additional questions about becoming an work exchange host, please read our FAQ's or Contact Us.

TRAVELER | YOU WANT ACCOMMODATION, EXPERIENCE AND WORK EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

A traveler using Hovos.com has several options at their disposal. The first is the Work/Help Exchange categories, both of which offer opportunities for travelers to exchange their time for room and board around the world.

The second is the Experience Host option - Hosts around the world offer accommodation and travel experiences to their guests in exchange for a daily rate. The Experience Host category allows you to explore all of these amazing options.

These two categories and how they work is explained in further detail below.

WORK/HELP EXCHANGE

What is a 'Work or Help Exchange Host'?

A work or help exchange host is someone who offers room and board to travelers in exchange for help with their projects.

These type of hosts can need help with a wide variety of things, including:

  • Gardening/Farming
  • Hostel/Tourism Support
  • Au Pair/Childcare
  • Eco Projects
  • Art Projects
  • Computers/Websites
  • Language Practice
  • Etc...

Volunteering with these hosts is a great way to travel on a budget as it saves travellers the cost of food and hotel rooms. Staying with hosts is also a unique cultural experience, an opportunity to learn new skills and practice a new language and meet new people.

How can I volunteer with a 'Work or Help Exchange Host'?

To volunteer, you must simply sign up with Hovos and complete a detailed profile that includes what type of skills you have, where you want to travel, when you are available etc... The more information and pictures you supply the more appealing your profile will be to potential hosts.

What does it cost?

There is no fee to create an account with Hovos. However, to become a member which allows you to contact as many hosts as you like, there is a membership fee of $25/year.

How do I sign up?

The sign-up process is simple. When you click the "Sign Up" button, you will be presented with 3 options. Once you choose 'Traveller', you'll be prompted to create an account and then fill out your profile.

How do I find hosts?

Once you have an active profile, it will appear in our 'Volunteers' category. It will then be available for all our hosts to see.

As a volunteer, you can also contact hosts that interest you. Hovos matches your skills and travel dates/locations with potential hosts and will suggest possible hosts for you to contact. Additionally, you can search through our database of hosts at any time.

Can I contact hosts outside of Hovos?

Communication outside of Hovos is blocked for non-members. (Emails, websites, phone numbers, etc... are blocked from the chat.) Once the membership fee has been paid Hovos will un-block the filters and contact information can be sent. Regardless of how you communicate, please be sure to finalize any deals through Hovos, this is the only way to ensure that a deal is valid. Please see "Are there reviews?" for more information.

What is a fair 'deal'?

An average deal is around 5 hours of work per day/ 5 days per week in exchange for meals and accommodation. The important thing is that a deal is worthwhile to you. If the host requests longer hours than you are interested in, be upfront and either find a new host or come to an arrangement that suits everyone.

What is the difference between a 'Help' and 'Work' Exchange?

The only difference is that 'Work' Exchange Hosts offer possible monetary compensation. Everything else is the same.

Are there reviews?

Yes, absolutely. To ensure quality, all travellers are given the option to review their hosts following their trip and vice versa. Please take the time to review all your hosts.

Note: The ONLY way that you can review the host is to officially accept them through Hovos. If you do not use our contact forms to make an arrangement we cannot add in reviews after-the-fact.

If you have additional questions about traveling with Hovos, please read our FAQ's or Contact Us.

TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

What is an 'Experience Host'?

An experience host is someone who offers a specialized experience, lessons or travel adventure. All experience hosts are required to include accommodation as part of their experience package.

The experiences can come in a wide variety of categories including:

  • Meditation Retreats
  • Yoga/Surf Camps
  • Culinary/Photography/Dance Lessons
  • Scuba Diving, Skiing, Adventure Travel
  • Tours
  • Etc...

Do I need an account to book a stay with an 'Experience Host'?

No. The traveller does not need an account to book a travel experience. However, you are more than welcome to create one.

What does it cost?

The cost per day is entirely dependant on the experience host. Hovos does not create these rates; it is the experience host that selects them. If you would like more information please visit the profile of the experience host you are interested in.

How do I book an experience?

When you find an experience you are interested in you can click the link at the top of their profile to send a booking inquiry. You will be able to select the dates you are interested in and ask any questions you might have. Once the host has confirmed those dates are available, you will be sent an invoice for the experience.

The total bill will be (Their daily rate) x (Number of days you are staying with them) = (Total Charges)

How do payments work?

Travellers will pay for the experience through our secure payment system.

Each host has a different policy for cancellations, please view their individual profile for more information.

Are there reviews?

Yes, absolutely. To ensure quality, all travellers are given the option to review their hosts following their trip.

If you have additional questions about becoming an experience host, please read our FAQ's or Contact Us.