“Although HC is more popularly known for providing cost-free accommodation to fellow travelers, it provides a serious avenue for intercultural friendships, understanding and debate at a level unrivaled by official homestay programs. ” — Vincent Kwek, Singapore, currently living in the USA, chatroom volunteer
“At this time the Club is welcoming 200 new members every day. And it is going exponentially! It took three years to reach the 10,000 members mark, and now after a little over five years of existence we are already at 100,000. This expansion owes to nothing but word of mouth.” — Pierre-Charles Marais, France, responsible for new members' applications
“Having 100,000 members within the Club is a great, fascinating result of 5 years enduring work. It shows us that the idea works. Furthermore, for me, it's a sign that a better world is not only possible, a better world does exist already! You only need to meet fellow members to realise it. Still, 100,000 members is just a small step: in many countries most people have not heard yet about the Club and its spirit.” — Simon Brinkrolf, Germany, translation team coordinator
“By using the Club you have the same level of risk as the one you face whenever you get out from your home. Even though we got to 100,000 members without experiencing any major problem, we have learned a lot about the potential risks. So we have implemented and improved good privacy protection solutions, efficient routines and a lot of tools to prevent problems.” — Jean-Yves Hégron, France, lead programmer
“Every single guest and host I had so far was wicked cool.” — Simon Brinkrolf, Germany, translation team coordinator
“The friends and families that I have met through this program continue to inspire my love for travel and international peace and cooperation! ” — Vincent Kwek, Singapore, currently living in the USA, chatroom volunteer
“The Club's software code is the result of the idea of a German guy, it was started by an Italian guy, continued by a French one, and it's now by Germans, Finnish, and other new programmers. Nobody was paid anything. The big surprise is that it works every day, in every place on this planet!” — Jean-Yves Hégron, France, lead programmer
“The process for a guest to find accommodation:
“1) Sign up HC.
“2) Search the profiles of members in your designated area
“3) Pick one, write a message asking for accommodation.
“4) Receive an answer, set the details.
“5) Have fun.”
— Simon Brinkrolf, Germany, translation team coordinator
“I'm proud to do what I'm doing.” — Pierre-Charles Marais, France, responsible for new members' applications