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Teach basic internet skills

The internet can be a complex beast for some people and having an experienced hand show them the ropes can make all the difference.

might need help with the basics, such as setting up social media accounts and learning to use them or they might need help with more advanced projects such as websites or blogs.

Whatever their need or project you can assist them and receive room and board in exchange.

Let your very own private tutor help you become internet savvy

HOSTS

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. They might even be able to help you set up or manage a blog or website.

Wins from this experience

As a host you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). You’ll be able to learn and get more work done without any huge increases in costs. Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of their travelers – it’s a great experience and exchange.

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Travelers interested in internet support

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VOLUNTEERS

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 less frequent users of the internet encounter are things like:

  • Words such as 'upload', URL', 'buffering', 'browser' and 'cookies' - which are known to internet-savvy people - may baffle those who don't go online frequently.
  • They have 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 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 online 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 cost to sign up as a Host or Traveler?

Traveler Membership: $25/Year This gives them full access to all hosts as well as a FREE Travel SIM. However, they can create an account for free so they can start ‘favoriting hosts’ and build their profile - but advanced features such as contacting hosts will be unavailable until they become members.

Host Membership: $0/Year It is free for hosts to sign up and they can begin contacting travelers immediately.

An additional advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members can build up more trust by verifying their mobile phone and passport as well.

Are you interested in different types of work?

If you’re not interested in internet support or you need help with a different type of project, there are many other categories available. Once you sign up, you can select as many different categories as you like.

Hovos offers language practice, help with art projects, gardening, internet support, tourist support and many other options!