Do something personal with social impact in the town or local city where the house that welcomes you. That the coexistence at the same time be residence, formation and personal, local and social contribution
We ask the visitors welcomed in the houses of the network, that in exchange for the stay, participate in tasks that generate a social impact in the town or city where the house is.
Other active networks do not have such reach. Workaway.info is the example of a formal network that we want to improve. There are other volunteer management websites such as woofers and global hospitality networks such as couchsurfing, trustroots or servas. There are also regional networks, networks of houses such as the Iberian Ecovillage Network, or activist networks related to urban social centers.
This section want to simplify volunteering, foster more collaboration between this type of projects so that the there is more contribution to them.
A network of houses organized with a desire for external impact to the house, better prevents some defensive behavior of the guest, and so both parties feel that this house is not the only one where the guest can be. Also the fact that a guest contributes to the development of a common project that goes beyond the improvement of the house itself, is a guarantee that improves coliving by establishing a common referential outer purpose that is watching them, therefore it transcends the house relationship vices between landlady and voluntary and thus prevents potential problems from being experienced or personalized.
The interested purpose on our part, which leads us to recommend a guest to a house sharing, is that the guest is more calm and happy in their daily lives so that you can devote your talent for more time to develop social projects, where this section of shared residences would be an obvious candidate.
More sustainable and pleasant co-livings
On the one hand, we can help many people who are willing to do things they do not know where to start or are ashamed to contact the projects and need a hostess to accompany them at the beginning. There are also activists who do not have a stable house or want to move or anyone who is simply looking to live for a while in environments where everything is more shared. And on the other hand, there are many other people who already have a house, they would like to share it more and also they would like that to leave a good mark on their environment, but they have trouble finding the right people to make it happen.
We are aware of the problems of co-living that are generated when interacting in homes, but we are also aware that many of them could be avoided with a better specification of the conditions of use of the house and more specifically, with the house being part of a network of houses with social impact like this one we are creating.
This is how you get the guest to have the permanent research to know if this is the best house where to develop your skills for an improvement of the house and society, while also encouraging the friendliness of the landlady to want the guest choose to be in his house and not in another.
We propose this section of shared residences with a mediation service between landlady and volunteers invited by us. To the resident volunteers, before recommending them or not, we ask them:
-Acceptance of the rules of the house and the landlady
-Acceptance of our mediation
– Minimum commitment with some tasks of artisanal or ecological improvement of the house and the shared project, which you can suggest yourself.
We like the simple life, but we offer to formalize any relationship with some type of contract and guarantee, if the landlady or the volunteers so wish.
When a landlady asks that the network be the one who sends her guests, she has the guarantees that the guest accepts our authority, and we can exercise it to ask her to go somewhere else without the landlady having to bother to tell her.
Standard for shared residency offers
We specify this standard of residence offer where other possible exchanges related to the residence are proposed, but also limited. We do it to be transparent with our ideals, and so, if a landlady wants to say «this house is shared» (without more conditions or without belonging to the network of residences), that the applicant knows what he is offering in particular .
Our proposal is that without counting as hours contributed those needed for the kitchen, cleaning or basic maintenance of the space, the maximum barter that the landlords should offer to the guests would be:
2 hours = Sleep and breakfast
3 hours = Asleep, breakfast and lunch
4 hours = Complete diet
In a more formed network, we would like to be the ones who would supplement the diets and even small rents to the voluntary guests.