Once you have filled-out our online Hosting Providers Application Form
giving as much information that you feel comfortable with, about yourselves and the various details of your hosting arrangements, we take this information and place it on our website. Now it is up to the HIT members themselves to contact you and/or the other hosts directly, according to the places they wish to go.
Every person who has some sort of an Israeli ID (passport, driver’s licence, etc) and the partner of the above, provided they have been in an exclusive relationship, for at least 6 months. Please note: if non-Israeli Jewish people contact us to use our services we may also allow them to use our network. There is also a possibility that, at very rare times, we may allow non-Israeli non-Jews to use our services. In any case, it is always to your discretion to take or refuse guests.
No, hosting with us does not mean that you have to host every one at every time. It is always to your discretion to take or refuse guests, whatever your reasons may be, without any need to give an explanation, either to the Israeli travellers or to the HIT network. We only ask you to make yourselves available for hosting, whenever possible, within your hosting arrangements.
This will depend, first and foremost, on your location. We’ve been operating in New Zealand since the year 2000 and there are some places there that our hosts can have +500 visitors a year, while others may only get 1 or 2 visitors every year or two. In other countries we need to establish the network first. The more hosts and services we’ll have in each country, the more we can promote the HIT network in that country to the Israelis and the more they will use it.
All we ask our hosts to provide their HIT visitors with are three things: (1) A bed (or a fold-out couch or a mattress on the floor) and/or a place to pitch a tent and/or to park with a campervan; (2) Toilets and shower that they can use and (3) a kitchen they can cook in. Anything on top of that, such as providing your visitors with a meal/s, laundry and/or internet facilities, take them on day trips (hunting, fishing, kayaking, boating, horse riding, cycling, etc) in your area; Celebrate the Jewish festivals or providing them with job opportunities (OR anything else you can think of) are extras that you are FREE (and even encouraged) to provide your visitors with, but by all means, not expected or obliged to.
80-90% of the travelling Israelis do not keep Kosher. Those who do, will normally travel with their own pots, pans and cooking utensils. In any case, it is always their responsibility, not yours. However, if you choose to provide meal/s to your Israeli visitors, it will be wise to ask if they have any food or dietary requirements (these can include not just Kosher food, but also meat, dairy or other allergies or intolerances).
In New Zealand and Australia, most of the HIT members (+90%) are between 20 to 25 years old, right after their compulsory military service. However there are also some in their late 20s-early 30s who are on their honeymoon; some in their late 30s-mid 40s who will travel with their children; some are semi-retired (in their mid-50s) and some are already retired (mid-60s-70s). The oldest Israeli we are aware of who used the HIT network was an 80 year old man.
This in entirely up to you (and them). In some places the Israelis will only pass through for a day or two and in other places they may look to stay longer and perhaps even work. We advise you keep the length of stay “open” and take each situation as it comes.
No, it doesn’t. The greatest asset that we have on the HIT network (apart from God) is our hosts. We see this as a great privilege to serve our hosts and to invest in them as much as we can. We have never charged hosts to be listed with us on our network and never will.
No you don’t. All we ask you to provide your visitors with is a bed (or a mattress on the floor, or a tent/campervan space); toilet/showers; and a kitchen they can use for cooking. You are obviously free to provide them with meals (many hosts that the best time to share with their visitors is over a meal), laundry and other things but most certainly you are not obliged to.
Obviously every host has a different personality; different things that they may like or dislike; and different ways to run their home. The most important thing is that you will feel comfortable in your own home and with your own hosting arrangements. It is good to have some boundaries but, on the other hand, you don’t want to have too many rules and regulations. Another important thing is that if there is anything you don’t want to see in your own home (such as unmarried couple sleeping together) that they will know about it in advance and before coming to stay with you. The list of rules can include things relating to smoking, alcohol, drugs, curfew, water/power use, sleeping arrangements, arrival/checkout time, cleaning, etc.
No. The large majority of Israeli society today (about 80%) and of those who are travelling around (about 90%) is secular. Please note that many of the Israelis today are quite ignorant in regard to their own Bible, history and the existence of their God. In fact, almost all Israelis today have been taught evolution as a proven fact and they have “a proof” that God doesn’t exist (i.e. – where was He in the holocaust?). Please remember this is an outreach to non-believing Israelis. If you happen to get a visitor who believes in God, we hope you will enjoy the experience, but this will not be the norm.
Can you provide a fold-out couch or a mattress on the floor in the living room? Perhaps there’s space outside, on your property, where they can either pitch a tent and/or park their campervan? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” then you can. Many Israelis travel with their own camping gear or a car they can sleep in.
We are not asking you to entertain your Israeli visitors. Most HIT travellers are quite capable “to see it to themselves” during the day and have their own things they want “to see and do”. Besides, we only ask you to make yourself available for hosting whenever possible, within your hosting arrangements. IF, for instance, you receive 10 requests for accommodation in a year and can only comply with 3, we are not worried about the 7 you couldn’t host, but very excited about the 3 you could host.
Of course you can! If you feel uncomfortable hosting people of the opposite sex, you can say in your hosting profile “hosting males (or females – depending on your gender) and couples only”.
This is not a problem. You can say “hosting only on weekends (or week days if applicable) only”.
Wherever you may live you will find that, at some point, there will be some Israeli travellers in the area. If you would be listed on our website, then the Israelis will know about you and will be able to contact you. However, if you are not, how will they know about you? Try not to worry about the things that are not in your hands. Do what you can do (register with us) and leave the rest in God’s hands. If He won’t send any Israelis to you, you won’t have to give Him an answer on why they didn’t come to you. You make yourself available.
Nobody can give what they don’t have. If you don’t have a house, how can you host? However, there are other ways that you can participate: You can become a HIT contact (someone they can call in case of emergency or accident, natural disaster, etc), invite them for a meal or cup of coffee or take them out on day trips in your area (fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, cycling, etc).
Many Israelis buy or rent their own vehicles as they travel in various countries around the world. It is not your responsibility, as a host, to make sure that the Israelis can come to you. It is their responsibility. If there is no public transport near you then perhaps you can pick them up from the nearest town/bus/train station? (If this is too far, it can be on a cost recovery basis). If picking up / dropping off is not an option, then in order to come and stay with you the Israelis will need to have their own transport.
There is always an option to be listed on our website without giving your phone number and get the Israelis to contact you by email only. In such a case the Israelis do not even know your email address and we can say “please email me and I will reply if I can host you”. However in any country outside of New Zealand (where the HIT network is well established and greatly used by the Israeli travellers) we would advise you to see first how many requests for accommodation you actually receive.
There is an option to be listed with us without giving your phone number and get the Israelis to contact you by email only. In such a case the Israelis do not even know your email address and we can say “please email me…” I want to host but I don’t want my personal details on the internet…
Everyone can see where we have hosts and how many hosts we have in each particular area. However, only those who have joined as HIT members (registration is in Hebrew) and other HIT hosts from your own country, can view your hosting profile. We always prefer to have as much information as possible on each individual host but hosts are not obliged to provide information that they feel comfortable with giving.
Of course you can! Not being connected to the internet will make our communication with you harder but not impossible. We can still be in touch with you via post or phone, and listing your personal information and contact details on our website, the Israelis will be able to contact you, direct.
Are you fully independent in your day to day life? If so, we see no problem. If you are a woman on your own, you may host girls or couples only. You can tell your children that you have made it thus far, thanking them for their concern, but insisting on continuing to do what you believe is the right thing to do. In such a situation, do not let your children rob you of this great blessing.
You will be surprised to know how far the Israelis are willing to go for free accommodation… Just introduce your place as it is and, together with some photos, they will be able to know if it is a place that they would like to come to, or not. The spoilt Israelis may not come, but those who are willing to “rough it out” – will.
Have you heard the sentence “Come as a stranger, leave as a friend”? Calling someone a “stranger” already puts these people under suspicion. Instead of looking at them as strangers, perhaps try to look at them as friends you have not yet met? The Bible commands people to show hospitality to strangers (Heb 13:2). Some of you may even entertain angels unwittingly…
Of course you can! Our system enables us to list hosts in different places, to activate or deactivate their hosting accounts or to put a note on their hosting profiles that they are unable to host at various periods of time. So, while you are at one location, you can deactivate your profile in the other location, or vice versa. This answer also applies to those who are often away.
This is not a problem. We can list you on our website and make a comment on your hosting profile “Unable to host until __________” or “hosting from ____________ onwards” or something to this effect.
This is not a problem. Our system enables us to activate and deactivate hosting profile with a click of a button. In such a case we can deactivate your account (if it seems like a long time will pass before you are able to host again) or (preferably) we can make a comment on your hosting profile “Unable to host until ____________” or something to this effect.
(see my tips
on unmarried couples). The most important thing is that you will be comfortable in your own home and in your hosting arrangements. You can say “unmarried – in separate rooms” or, if your situation doesn’t allow you, “unmarried couples – will sleep separately”. If your situation does not allow you any of these you can say “if couples – must be married” or something like this.
Yes, there are many other ways you can participate. These include inviting the Israelis to (1) call in for a refreshment stop (a cuppa, travel suggestions, shower, meal, etc) (2) invite them for day trips (hunting, fishing, sailing, horse riding, boating, etc) (3) invite them to celebrate Shabbat and/or the Jewish festivals (4) offer them work (i.e. paid work – some Israelis may have the appropriate passport/visa to work in your country, or in return for accommodation and food (like the WWOOFing network) (5) just be “a HIT contact” so that they can contact you in case of emergency and/or for travel advice in your area or for general help in finding a doctor / mechanic / work etc or anything else that you can think of (6) if you have any business that can be of an interest to Israeli travellers and/or other HIT hosts, we’ll be happy to give your free publicity on our website in return for a discount and/or a special deal for HIT members (see Service Providers link).
No host should go bankrupt for hosting Israelis. There is room for our hosts to put a small cover charge to help pay for overheads (power, water, tea/coffee/sugar, toilet paper, etc). In New Zealand we have found that $5 per person / per night easily covers these. If you want to provide your visitors with a meal/s you can charge extra for this (in New Zealand – up to $5 per person / per meal/s). Also if you invite your visitors on day trips you can do so on a “cost-recovery basis” (i.e. your visitors pay for petrol and/or entrance fees, etc.).
Apart from being obedient to God, what better blessing can you bring upon yourself, your family (and ultimately to your church / community, town / city, state or country) than the blessing of the Jewish people? (Gen 12:3) And, what better way can you show your love, appreciation, support and friendship to the Jewish people than by opening your heart and home to them?
This will give you a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with the native-born Israelis who come to your country. You will be able to learn more about your people and their culture and language, especially if you live in an area without many Jews. All of us Jews know deep inside that we are connected to one another and this is the most practical way we have ever come across that you can incorporate it into your life.
Perhaps you miss some Israeli atmosphere? Maybe you want your children to practice their Hebrew? We Israelis, wherever we go on the face of this earth, never stop being Israelis – we think like Israelis; we act like Israelis; we talk like Israelis; it is simply in our blood! Besides, don’t you remember what it was like for you when you travelled after you completed your military service? Wouldn’t you have liked that there would be people who open their homes to you?
Every host is free (and encouraged) to use the HIT network, in their own country (free of charge) and get to meet and connect with other HIT hosts and like-minded people. As time will progress we hope to also set up a hosting network for you in Israel if you come for a visit there. If hosts want to use the hosting network outside of their own country this may also be possible – please contact us regarding this. Also, we will look to provide you with materials (books and DVDs) that you can share with your Israeli visitors and we’ll look to bring into your area various teachers / associates to speak on various topics relating to Israel and the Jews. If you are teachable, you will also find how much you can learn from your Israeli visitors about the Jewish culture, the Hebrew language, the political/social situation in Israel and even about God and the Scriptures. The greatest benefit of all, however, God has promised to bless everyone who blesses His people, Israel (Gen 12:3). You will also find that many Israelis will invite you to come and stay with them if you ever go to Israel.
Hosting with us you will not be out there on your own. We will be beside you all the way. You will receive our regular newsletters (1-2 times / year). Apart from that we invite you to join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/hit.nz) where you will be able to share in photos and stories, your HIT experiences, with Israeli travelers and other HIT hosts. Also, Omri (and associates of his) may come and visit you while in your area to encourage and support you in your vital role as a host. Apart from rare situations, Omri is available 24/7 to be contacted with any issue or problem you have regarding the hosting network.
Question Regarding the Application Form
Both are private people who are hosting HIT members according to their ability and will. Regular host/s means “I can usually host but sometimes I can’t” while backup host/s means “I can’t normally host, but sometimes I can”.
We try to be as professional as possible and these make our website look far better. However, the most important thing for us is to give the Israelis as close a description as possible to what they are to expect with each particular host or service. These photos can really make a difference. As they say, “one photo is better than a thousand words”. In any case, you don’t have to provide us anything you are not comfortable with providing.
To show the Israelis that we, in the HIT network, do whatever we can to ensure that they can feel safe with any host on our network that they contact to come and stay with. Just like you as a host would like us to do what we can to insure your own safety – so does the Israeli travelers.
All changes to our website are done from one excel document. The first time you want to update your hosting information, please use our online application form (http://hitinternational.net/en/hosting-providers-application-form/). For all future updates, just email us (email@example.com) or private message Omri on Facebook (www.facebook.com/omri.jaakobovich)
People all over the world can look at our website and see where we have hosts and how many. However, they have no access and are unable to log in and view the information and contact details of our hosts and services. Only when Israelis join as HIT members (available only in Hebrew) will they able to log in to our website to view your hosting profile/s.
Every Israeli who joins as a HIT member is listed on our website. Through this link (http://hitinternational.net/en/security/) you will be able, if asking for their name/s and membership number/s at their initial contact, to view their online profile, which contains a passport photo, Israeli ID, email address, phone number and other details. If your hospitality has been abused, you can lodge a formal complain. If we receive 2 or 3 such-like complaints about a specific individual HIT member, we can discharge them from using the HIT network and block their access to our website (the same is also vice-versa if we get 2-3 complaints about any HIT host/provider).
Normally the traveller’s insurance of the Israelis will cover them from injuries at places that they stay in. [To continue answer later…]
We sure hope that this will not be your experience. However, in case it does, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name/s and membership number/s of the offenders. If we receive 2-3 such-like complaints about this member/s, we can block them from using our network. We hope that you host HIT members as a ministry and service unto the LORD. In such as case, as painful and hurtful as it can be, we hope your attitude will be “LORD, it is You whom they have abused, not me. Give me the strength to continue”.
Every Israeli can join as a HIT member, however, if we receive 2-3 complaints from HIT hosts about a specific HIT member, we can block him/her from using the HIT network. A very large majority of our hosts enjoy the very large majority of their Israeli visitors and vice versa.
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English is the international language today. Music / movies / computer games are all available in English. The very large majority of Israelis speak good English. If any of them don’t, then s/he will most likely travel with someone who does. This is especially true in English-speaking countries. Even in none-English speaking countries many of the signs and information will be available in English as well which will make it almost impossible travelling there without speaking at least some English.
Every one wanting to use the HIT network needs to be a HIT member. There are no special arrangements for couples, travelling partners or families. The only exception is children under 13 years of age who come under their parents’ membership card/s. Our aim is that every Israeli will join as a HIT member. So it is OK if you let them come but it would be great if you would encourage them to join as HIT members while they are at your place. There are only two options now: either, they didn’t have a chance to join before and will join right away, OR they will give any excuse possible why they should not join (joining the HIT Travel Club is free at this stage). In such a case, there is no reason to let them stay with you. Such people are only ripping off the system and, at times, may even occupy the bed of those genuine HIT members. Over the years we have found out that those who rip the system off will also be the first ones to rip off their hosts.
The HIT network is entirely dependent upon Israeli travelers buying the appropriate deals available to them. We never charge the Israelis anything before we are 100% confident that they will be able to, not only cover their costs, but also save a significant amount of money by using our services. We believe we provide HIT members the best money-saving scheme possible and constantly looking to improve our services to them. We only see this as fair that the main financial beneficiaries from our network will pay a little bit to enable us to keep providing these services to them and expand the network to other countries.
There are costs in running the HIT international network and these grows as we expend the network to new countries. At present there is no membership fee or any costs in joining as HIT members. The only thing that HIT members pay for is to gain access to our hosts and services in New Zealand and as of October 2016, to Australia and Fiji as well. All other countries HIT members can use free of charge. Only when we get to a certain number of hosts and services in a particular country do we start charging HIT members a small fee in order to use our services in that country. This is always, and without exception, once our network is well established in that country.
HIT is a business operation of the TEOTE ministry (www.teote.org). At times there may be various projects that you may be able to contribute toward, if you so choose to. However, if you endorse our mission’s objectives and would like to support us financially, you can do so through TEOTE ministry.
There are various reasons why we operate the way we do. Firstly, if as a network, our objectives are to only host Israeli travellers, we will be discriminating against other ethnic and religious groups. It is only that we operate as a Travel Club, which protects us from such claims. In other words, accommodation is not so much for Israeli travellers per se, but rather for travel club members who can only be Israelis (having an Israeli passport, driving licence or other form of Israeli ID).
Secondly, why should we ask those hosting with us, who already give so much of their time, energy, and finance to host the Israelis, to also finance the network? This is especially true when the Israelis, who get such huge financial savings using our services, and who understand business, can pay a small sum to enable us to operate. What is wrong with charging the Israelis?
Thirdly, the more money we will be able to generate through the HIT network, the more we will be able to expand our network and, in turn, giving better value for money to HIT members. As an example, currently there is a great demand for hosts in Queenstown, the most touristic town in New Zealand. No matter what we do, we don’t seem to be able to get hosts there long-term. IF the HIT network is able to generate say $30,000 profit, we can use that money to purchase/rent a large house that can accommodate 10-20 Israeli per night. As time progresses, this may be in other highly touristic destinations, in other countries as well.
This is to take that verse entirely out of context. The quote above is a reference to the Gospel which we freely received and therefore, should also freely give. Everything else, we have to pay for. Once again, using our services HIT members are able to save a huge amount of money while travelling in New Zealand and Australia. Why is it a crime to charge them? We are not aware of any other network/business/ministry that gives them so much for so little!
Israelis are not paying to hear the Gospel. They are paying to gain access to the list of hosts and to receive discounts in various tour operators.
You can always: pray for us; support us financially; help us promoting the network by finding new hosts and services to give discounts to HIT members. The HIT Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/hit.nz) is the place where hosts and HIT members can share their experiences, in stories and photos, the time that they had with each other. We use our Facebook group to promote the HIT network. Also, if you are interested for Omri, or someone else he associates with, to come to your country / state / area/town (and able to host him, arrange a meeting/s for him, and/or refer him to other people who may be able to do so) in order to establish the HIT network there, please let us know. You can also print HIT flyers from our website (link to be provided)
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