Tips

Introducing JSN

1. Make your profile shine

Use your profile to find your perfect match. Tell the hosts lots about yourself, your likes & hobbies, your skills (are you creative, musical, good at cooking?), your studies, your ửok, etc. Also, tell them about your friends and family. And don't forgot to add photos and verify your profile by video.

3. Getting to know each other by video call

It’s so so important to get to know a host before you arrange to stay with them. After initial contact through the Culture Go Go messaging system arrange further contact through phone calls, emails and video calls when you’re ready. You could even introduce them to your friends, family & pets.

Making contact via Video Call (e.g. Skype) is an important step to get to know each other and feel comfortable before you commit to anything.

5. Coming to an agreement

It’s essential that you ask your host exactly what is expected of you before you arrange to stay with them. What kind of English speaking activities and practice do they want? 

How many hours of practice do they want a day/week? We recommend up to 15 hours per week between all household members. Are there any other duties involved?…cooking, cleaning, looking after the kids/dogs, etc.

7. Allergies & illnesses

Use your profile to find your perfect match. Tell the hosts lots about yourself, your likes & hobbies, your skills (are you creative, musical, good at cooking?), your studies, your work, etc. Also, tell them about your friends and family. And don't forgot to add photos and verify your profile by video.

2. Introductory message

The first message you send to a host is really important. They want to know why you want to stay with them (not just any host) - do you have hobbies in common? Or is your little brother the same age as their kid? 

Also, tell them what you can offer them - like practicing English whilst cooking recipes from your country or doing creative activities with the kids.

4. Making plans

Communication is key! We recommend you keep your English clear & simple when contacting a host (unless they have a very high level) so that you don’t have any misunderstandings. 

And if you’re not sure, just ask! It’s better to double-check than have confusion. Don’t forget to talk about important things like where you will sleep, duration of stay, arrival date, etc.

6. Sharing contact details

Initial contact is made with the host through the Culture Go Go messaging system. When you feel comfortable with a boy host you can them share you ccontact details but we recommend you only do this you feel ready.

Travle & Safety

1. Travel & Medical Insurance

We strongly recommend that you buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover the country (or countries) that you are traveling in.

3. Getting to know each other by video call

It’s so so important to get to know a host before you arrange to stay with them. After initial contact through the Culture Go Go messaging system arrange further contact through phone calls, emails and video calls when you’re ready. You could even introduce them to your friends, family & pets.

Making contact via Video Call (e.g. Skype) is an important step to get to know each other and feel comfortable before you commit to anything.

5. Local language

It’s always a good idea to learn a bit of the local lingo before you travel there.

7. Mobile/cell phone

It’s worth checking out whether your phone will work abroad or if you can pick up a cheap one when you arrive so you’re not stuck without a phone.

2. Visas

It’s a good idea to check visa requirements, as each country varies. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get a visa sorted out if required.

4. Travel research

Research the country and region you want to travel to in advance before you make any commitment with a host. Check government websites for travel advice in different countries and do your own research.

Read up on local customs and traditions. We recommend you research things such as attitudes towards women, codes of dress, rules on alcohol etc.

6. Common sense & instinct

When it comes to traveling a lot of it comes down to common sense. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Trust your instinct. It’s a good idea always to tell someone else where you’re going and what your plans are.

8. Plenty of contact

Before staying with a host or arranging to meet other travelers through the Meet Up travel board we recommend that you have plenty of contact with them beforehand.

With your host

1. Make it fun

You’re not a teacher you're a native English speaker. Make the time you spend with your host practicing English fun, dynamic and creative.

3. Materials & resources

Ask your host about what materials and resources they have to hand. Do they have materials for art activities? Do they have sports equipment? Is there a tennis court nearby? Do they have any musical instruments? Do they have the ingredients to bake a cake?

5. Being respectful

You may find that your host doesn’t do things the same way that you do at home…but remember you’re in their home and must try to respect the way they do things. Anyway, meeting people from different cultures & backgrounds is the best way to escape your own daily routine!

7. Plenty of contact

Before staying with a host or arranging to meet other travelers through the Meet Up travel board we recommend that you have plenty of contact with them beforehand.

2. Activities in English

This is where you can get creative…cooking, sports, art, music, general conversation, homework, media, dance, yoga, shopping, beauty, board games, films… Chat to your host about the sort of activities they enjoy doing.

4. Helping around the house

Remember you’re not staying in a hotel…you’re one more of the household, so make sure you help out round the house. Ask your host what you can do to help and what the household rules are. 

It’s better to be clear at the beginning and avoid any mis-understandings about responsibilities. If you feel too shy to keep asking then just follow suit and go along with what your host do

6. Getting involved

Don’t be shy, get involved and be pro-active! It doesn’t matter if you get things wrong as long as people see you are trying. And the experience is so much more rewarding when you don’t shut yourself away in your room and you do get fully involved.

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