Couchsurfing and dating
Couchsurfing and dating - Korea freseks
I like the box of chocolates aspect of not knowing what you are going to get. The benefit of Couchsurfing being the biggest is that there is critical mass and like-minded people find ways to get together.
Glancing through some profiles you’d be forgiven if you thought you had mistakenly stumbled upon a dating site or something where you can’t quite believe your eyes, but it just goes to show that there are all types of people and it gives you the freedom to portray yourself as you see fit.Hospitality Club Hospitality Club actually took off before Couch Surfing, but I am convinced its horribly-designed website and the fact you are allowed only one photo is dooming it to extinction, fading into a My Space-style slow death; it has lots of members, but they are more and more inactive.One friend told me that when she writes to a host who has profiles on both Couch Surfing and Hospitality Club, she always writes through Hospitality Club because she is more likely to get a reply as it’s more “serious”.The Big Three of amazing non-profit organizations that bring travelers and hosts together are Couch Surfing, Hospitality Club and a special one under the radar, Servas.Another is Global Freeloaders, and even though it is the only one that requires travelers to also be hosts, the name alone tells me it will never gain traction.I read about a German girl who was going to study in USA for a year and she wrote to five hosts in the college town to ask if she could stay for a couple of days while she looked for permanent housing, and four of the five replied that she could stay with them for the school year.
Servas is something intrinsically a little deeper, more than simply slapping up a profile page of yourself.
The disadvantages to Servas are the sign-up fee (you didn’t hear this from me, but it is much cheaper to renew, if not join, from abroad), the length of time to get started, and the rule of paying a deposit for address lists (refundable, though you need to also make trip reports).
If you buy into the whole system, it is all worth it, but lately for me Servas is untenable because of the necessary advance planning.
It’s a whole process of gathering references, an interview with a local coordinator and a not insignificant fee, but this vetting means that the people involved are quite dedicated.
Before the internet, a member would accept you into their home just by mentioning the name Servas in a short phone conversation.
I got some freelance voiceover sound work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this way. My face, too.) I give more detail about how to approach this in Advanced Couch Surfing Tips.