Act and Host Responsibly
Take this seriously:
Teaching, hosting and meeting people may be a great experience, a pleasure and lucrative but it is also engaging: organisation and know-how require time and effort.
How to make accommodation and stay safe:
In general (you should do this for your own safety anyway):
Keep a first aid kit in an appropriate place and show where to find it.
Place a smoke detector in your house.
Make an evacuation plan and place small extinguishers in your property.
Systems and appliances checked and safe
Clearly indicate any possible cause of injury like low ceilings, hidden steps, missing handrails on stairs.
Lock up any dangerous thing.
Exits should be clearly marked on your School House planimetry and shown to guests on arrival
In case of Emergency:
Provide Contacts, among other Local Amenities you believe useful, of Health care services, Police, Fire-fighters.
Provide emergency numbers.
Make sure it is clear how to act in case of emergency.
Take note of Client’s phone number(s) and emergency contacts provided by them.
Make sure they take or have taken note of them, possibly on their phones.
After the aforementioned you should also consider safety of any object about, sockets, wires, cupboards, drawers. Warn about any existing fault upon arrival.
Check your air conditioning systems and that explain how heating can be adjusted upon request or in autonomy.
Show how doors, windows, appliances and equipments should be used. You will be surprised on how different cultures have no idea of what you see as utterly normal and easy to use. You will find out a classical example is the shower.
Comply with rules and regulations, of your building, local administrations, Regional, National and International, including for example on smoking, parking, communal areas, noise, animals.
You should consider, other than our Terms and Conditions, local, national and international laws, standards and regulations regarding teaching and the services you provide (ie. number of students you can hold), accommodating (for example age allowed, number of people for example 4 in the UK to be considered home, tenancy contracts) and organising a business (for example how to pay tax, income levels at which to declare your activity). You may need specific devices such as smoke detectors or an evacuation procedure in place, warn about surveillance cameras or you may have to displace them.
Hereunder a list of possible things you may need to consider:
Permits and registrations for teaching and accommodating
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