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DISCUSSION

 How often do you go abroad?


 Do you usually travel on business or holiday? Where do you stay?

COUCHSURFING

 Have you ever heard of Couchsurfing? If so, tell the others your experience. If not, what do you think it might
be and how do you think it works?
 Read through the webpage (www.couchsurfing.com) and check your answers. Focus on ’How it works’.

SURFING TIPS (www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3gOrnOP4wg)

 Watch the video and make notes about the tips mentioned by the people.

SPEAKING

 What are the differences between staying in a hotel and Couchsurfing? Advantages and disadvantages?
Which one do you prefer?
 What are some possible risks for couchsurfers?
 How can we / the system prevent them?

TRUST & SAFETY

1. Go back on couchsurfing.com and focus on ’Trust & Safety’ column. Check how it works and discuss. Do you
think it is enough?
2. Watch another video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDS_nE8IyTw – this time with people leaving comments
on the safety issue. Make notes about their tips and advice.
3. How does the verification system work? What do you think about it?

START YOUR OWN PROFILE

1. Read your teacher´s profile for inspiration. Is there anything that surprised you?
2. You are going to write your own profile. Make notes about what you think you might mention about
yourself. Think about the reasons why you are on Couchsurfing, your interests, and maybe travelling
experience. What else could you reveal?

HOMEWORK

1. Either join the community and make your own real profile completing ’About me’, or just simply write it on a
piece of paper. You can always make up your mind and find this writing useful in the future.

DISCUSSION

1. What do you think about Couchsurfing? Would you like to join the community? Why (not)?
2. Would you recommend it to other people?
3. Who do you think is it (not) good for?