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Welcome to Host & Care Help Page
Welcome to Host & Care Help Page
What is HostAndCare.com?
HostAndCare.com is a website that connects students looking for free accommodations with homeowners in need of care. Accommodations in exchange for services consist of free rent or free rent and free board, usually in a family home, in exchange for about 8 to 16 hours of work per week. Duties may include child care, tutoring, cooking, cleaning, gardening or providing some care and company for an elderly person. If extra hours of work are required or desired an additional wage is offered. If you are a student, the homestay arrangement offers you not only free housing but also an opportunity to learn new culture, customs and language. If you are a homeowner, in exchange for offering your spare bedroom to a student you could save a lot of money on child care, senior care, pet care, house cleaning, tutoring or learning a foreign language. Other non cash transactions available on our website are vacation home and vacation host exchanges as well as local services exchanges.
How much does it cost to join?
It is free. It is free for all. The purpose of this website is to enable you to help yourself and to help others.
Where do I start?
Go to Join Now tab and register with us. You will be getting inquiries from interested parties or you can contact anyone you select.
Do I have to be a student to apply?
No. Anyone can create a profile and offer their services. Host & Care can be a great solution for singles, couples, widowed, divorced or single parents.
Do I have to own a house to apply?
No. If you rent an apartment and your lease allows you to have guests you are welcome to apply.
I am a potential Service Provider. Why would I want to work for free?
You are not. How much does it cost to rent a room or to share an apartment? How much does it cost to pay all utility bills? How about food? You are offering to work few hours a week in exchange for getting free room, free board and much more than that. You spent several hours babysitting and now you still have plenty of free time to go to work and save your entire paycheck, go to school or go sightseeing. If you are in a foreign country your additional benefit is that you are also learning a foreign language for free. Your host family is your free tutor and enables you a foreign language and culture immersion.
I am a potential Service Seeker. Why would I want to do it?
You have a guest bedroom in your house. When the last time you actually had was guests stay in that bedroom? You are paying your mortgage and your taxes on it, you are heating it up and cooling it off, you are also paying for your kids after school care, for their tutoring, for their tennis and piano lessons and you are wondering how you can help your aging parents who live far away. You are struggling to keep your head just above the water. Save your cash, save the resources, save the earth, pay off your debt and do not let global financial crisis get to you.
What is home exchange?
Home Exchange enables you to swap your home for my home for vacation. I vacation in your house while you are vacationing in my house. This is a perfect way to travel for larger families, especially those with kids. Instead of crowding a small hotel room or a cruise cabin you get the whole house to yourself. You get to use a fully equipped kitchen, sporting equipment, cars, boats, toys, anything else you agree on. Details of the agreement are completely up to you and your selected exchanger. We are simply a conduit that allows you to find each other. We are not involved in any of your arrangements. This form of exchange is also perfect for people who own their second or vacation homes. Here comes the best part: it is free. You save a lot of money avoiding hotel room rentals and restaurant bills. You can now afford to go to places you only dreamt about.
What is host exchange?
Host Exchange allows you to host each other. I spend my vacation as your guest in your house and you come to visit me in my house. This form of exchange is perfect for young or single people who are interested in making new friends, meeting new people, practice or improve their foreign language skills, need flexibility as to their travel dates and live on a budget. You can agree with your exchange partner to pick each other up at the airports, serve as a tour guide for each other and much more. Again, it is all between the two of you ? we are not involved in any of your arrangements.
Is It Safe?
This Website is created based on the principles of openness, sharing, caring, helping and acting globally. However, we only serve as a medium for connecting people to each other and we are unable to verify the validity of information provided by the members. At this day and age it is very easy and affordable to obtain a criminal background check on your candidate and obtain information regarding his or her character, general reputation, personal characteristics, information from courts record repositories, departments of motor vehicles, past or present employers and educational institutions, governmental occupational licensing or registration entities, business or personal references, and many other sources. Many reputable companies specialize in performing criminal background checks and reference checks. The background check you order goes directly to you and you decide how you want to proceed. We do not perform, receive or keep background check reports. HostAndCare.com does not screen care providers, care seekers or home exchangers. You check the references and determine if they meet your standards. You request and review a background check. The entire process is in your hands and decision is up to you. We give you all the tools you need to find the right person. In addition to online profiles with pictures and detailed descriptions of the members we offer you Audio/Video Flash Chat, Audio/Video Flash Instant Messenger, Audio/Video Flash Recorder, Web Presence, Whiteboard, Video Player and Desktop App. You are welcome to also use the old fashioned way i.e. e-mail and phone. Trust your instinct and do your homework.
Can I customize my profile?
Yes you can do that from your "edit profile page". Change color and background picture and text styles.
Can I change my email address and other information?
Yes you can by clicking "My Profile/Edit Profile" and then changing wht you need changed. You can keep your profile fresh and up to date this way.
How do I upload music/video?
You simply go to music/upload and then accept the agreement that you own it. Click on "browse" to find your song on your hard drive maximum size is 20MB
What are Tags?
Tags are single descriptive words that are then used by the system to find you. These words are turned into links so people can click them to find you.
How can I make a photo primary?
Go into "my profile" from top right link after you login, click on large picture to go to "My Photos" then click on a little picture at bottom and check make primary.
Do you release info on members?
Never! We will never disclose any information on members to any party for any reason. You are safe here.
Where can I get support services?
We have a Comprehensive Support system.
How do I know if someones online?
You will see a little light bulb in the top right of a members image and if its on, they are on!. You can also check the Members/Online links
I want to suspend my account, how do I?
You can suspend your account at anytime by contacting us or logging in and in the first page you will see a link to "suspend" account.
I want to delete my account, how do I?
You can delete your account at anytime by logging into your account and clicking "My Settings" look for "Unregister""
How do I communicate with other members?
You need to register for free as a member at: http://hostandcare.com/join.php Once you register you can contact any members or you can wait for them to contact you. Select the member by clicking on her name/picture. Once you are on the member’s page select ‘send letter’ in the ‘actions box’ right below the picture. You need to be logged in to contact our members or to see their contact information.You can use Audio/Video Group Chat which is for an unlimited number of users. You can use Audio/Video Messenger for one-to-one private messenger with live audio/video streaming. You can use Audio/Video Recorder to record videos and upload them to your profile. You can use Web Presence to determine who is online and track online members since it is integrated with IM and your site. You can use Whiteboard which is a real-time streaming whiteboard for online communities. You can use desktop with its downloadable application integrated with IM, Chat, Presence, and your site. You can use Video Player which is a universal and user friendly video player that converts any kind of video formats. You can use Shoutbox which is one more place to communicate on your site and even leave feedback. You can contact our members directly via e-mail or phone.