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Everybody has a story. If you're willing to share your very own story with interested strangers, you qualify as a host. On our platform you will see a wide variety of people who will allow people into their daily lives. So what will happen if you get a visitor? It is extremely important that you are punctual. If you confirm a booking, you must be at the agreed place to meet the visitors. You decide yourself how many visitors will come at one time. Mostly that's between one and six to ensure real personal contact. They will ring de doorbell and you will welcome them in. From then on it's just like a normal visit. You will probably offer them a seat and a drink and ask where they're from or did they find it hard to find your street? Beginnings of a meeting with strangers can be a bit awkward. The text about yourself that you put on the platform is the best lead to really start a conversation. Your visitors may ask about it to get you going or you may start telling them about it. We stimulate visitors to ask questions. We say there are no taboos as long as questions are asked with respect. The guest will not ask a question that he would not want to answer himself. And you may ask your visitors about their lives just as they do you. Don't prepare a text that you learn by heart. The visitors know that you're not a professional entertainer and they are interested in you. Before you know it the visit will be over.

What's your story

You can see many documentaries on TV about personal stories of ordinary people like you and me. One has migrated from her home country to find a better life or escape from persecution, another has lived in one place all his life and finds it hard to cope with how everything is changing around him. One may have conquered cancer or be a veteran of a military mission, another may have a passion for doll houses. If you share your passions, your dreams and your history, if you share your daily life, it will lift up your visitors because you allow them to experience something they were always curious about but did not know first hand. You broaden their horizon and enrich their lives. That sound pretentious, but it's really true. Based on 18 years of experience we know our visitors never forget a personal meeting through City Safari.

My story isn't about me

Is your story about your temple, your mosque or your church? Do you work on a project that you're passionate about? Do you take care of people in your community, or of a garden? Are you a collector of unusual stuff? Do you coach kids in sports or do you help them with their homework? People love to hear and see what you're passionate about. So invite them in and don't just give them a guided tour with lots of information but communicate and discuss. It's not about the facts but about the experience.

You need an agent

You get paid for an encounter with visitors and you are completely free to determine your own fee and your own conditions. You and nobody else are the master of the information that will be put on the site. But we use agents in your city for three important tasks: to put your information on the platform and keep it up to date, to confirm your bookings on the platform and to process the payment. Are you 'internet savvy' enough to be your own agent? Of course you're free to be your own agent. Check the page 'Why become an agent' and register as a host/agent. If you'd rather have an agent who takes care of the administrative stuff, fill in the form below and we'll hook you up with an agent.

Financial arrangement

You determine your own fee. Check some examples on the platform to get an idea. Of the price on the platform, a quarter will go to the agent, a quarter goes to City Safari and half goes to you. Or, to reason the other way around: if you want € 5 per person, the platform will quote a price of € 10 per person. Of course if you are your own agent, you will also get the agent's 25%.

Which city?

You can become a host in a city where we're already active. It will be easy to find an agent there and you're likely to attract more visitors in a city where they have a choice. But you may also become a pioneer in a new city as long as it has more than 100,000 inhabitants. If you become your own agent, of course you're invited to invite other hosts that you can become an agent for.

It's not the host, it's the encounter

On the platform you will see that one host may have posted several activities or encounters. So you may invite someone to your home for a cup of tea and a conversation and as a second activity, you may invite someone to your secret garden, your workplace or your house of worship. So one host may post several encounters as several activities with different prices and different locations.

Let us know you're interested

Will you be your own agent? Check the 'Why become an agent' page and register. There you can also register as a host and post your activities.

Do you want an agent in your city to contact you? Send us an email at newhost@citysafari.com and tell us a bit about yourself or fill in this form. We will send you a confirmation which will include your own text so you know exactly what you sent.