Friday, 30 September 2011

Couch Surfing

International assignments can be isolating; couch surfing is a new way to share your life. You register online and Couch Surfing verifies your home address by sending you mail. You can then start to share your couch. People ask you if your couch is free and you invite the people you like to join you for coffee or to stay overnight.

What Need Does This Service Fill?

When you meet people online there is no geographic limitation. Do you really need to invite a stranger into your home to build a community when you can build a community of like-minded people from around the world sitting at your computer?

Is It Just Strange?

In your home country you have friends and family, but when you move abroad you need to make new friends. Couch surfing may be a way to build a life with people who appreciate your wanderlust.

If you use your couch to include others, then you might feel more at home in your host country. Maybe you don't realise how much more you know than a visitor.

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