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The internet can be a complex beast

The internet can be a complex beast for some people, especially the elderly.

This is quite unfortunate, because overcoming issues related to internet usage is important for seniors as the internet and mobile devices are - in fact - better suited to an older person's lifestyle.

When geographical distances and mobility are challenges, the virtual world can serve as an effective solution.

Let your very own private tutor help you become internet savvy


Having trouble making sense of how the internet works? Want to leverage the World Wide Web to Skype, chat, send emails and browse easily? A volunteer from Hovos can serve as your personal tutor, providing individualized, undivided attention to help you become more familiar with the internet.

The volunteer can teach you several things, from installing your modem and activating your internet service, setting up online features, and adding devices to your wireless network, to creating email and social media accounts, troubleshooting common problems, and best practices of browsing.

Wins from this experience

As a host in internet support you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of the volunteer, which can broaden up its view in life.

Sign up now to check out volunteer profiles, and conquer your fear of the internet very soon!

Volunteers interested in internet support

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Are you up to the task of helping hosts use the internet and navigate technology?

You may have observed these problems in your own environment, and perhaps even come to the rescue of those who wish to become proficient in using the internet.

If you have the desire to genuinely assist people with internet support, this is the project for you.

Some of the pain points that older people and less frequent users of the internet and tech devices in general encounter are discussed below:

  • Words such as 'upload', URL', 'buffering', 'browser' and 'cookies' - which are known to internet-savvy people - may baffle seniors or those who don't go online frequently.
  • There is little or no knowledge about how the Settings menu can be used to modify features such as text size, sounds and the behavior of content.
  • The internet operates on an open culture, which can be a bit confusing to understand for some seniors. They may think that all the content and apps cost money in order to be accessed, when the reverse is true in most cases.

  • Certain aspects of using the computer and internet, which is second nature to many of us, may be difficult for others.
  • Some folk who're new to the internet or even mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may worry excessively about battery life. General behavior is to keep the devices plugged in all the time, instead of charging when battery is low. More clarity around this issue can assist with the optimal use of tech gadgets.
  • There may be a sense of fear around sharing personal details online. This often prevents seniors from adopting net banking, which is both quick and convenient. It is important to understand that customer security is a key priority for banks and financial services, as well as learn how to take necessary precautions against phishing and identity theft.

Wins from this experience

In return for your help, your host will provide you free meals and accommodation. This is your chance to experience the local culture, learn a new language, and forge friendships. If the opportunity for cultural exchange excites you, sign up now and start connecting with potential hosts from the country you seek to travel to.

Hosts that need help in internet support

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What is the price of hosting or volunteering in internet support?

Are you interested in hosting or volunteering in internet support and are you curious about the payment? At Hovos, there are two options for hosts and volunteers concerning payment.

You could join Hovos for free and you pay a service fee or you could become a member and you pay an annual membership fee. Non-members will have to pay 10 dollars or 10 euros when a host and a volunteer agree on a help-offer through Hovos. Members will have to pay an annual payment of 25 dollars or 25 euros without additional costs.

The advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members could build up more trust by adding their mobile phone and passport.

Do you need help from different kinds of expertise?

Are you not looking for internet support, but you need help on other expertise? At Hovos, you can easily select the expertise you need help in.

Hovos offers animal care, art project, gardening, internet support, computer help and many other kinds of expertise.