Hosting a climate justice guest

GLASGOW: Nov. 1-12, 2021
Open your home to a visiting activist, scientist, or policymaker. All you need is a floor and an open door!

Help support the movement by hosting a climate justice guest with the COP26 Homestay Network.

Hosting a climate justice guest

GLASGOW: Nov. 1-12, 2021
Open your home to a visiting activist, scientist, or policymaker. All you need is a floor and an open door!

Help support the movement by hosting a climate justice guest with the COP26 Homestay Network.

Read more below.

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COVID-19: Public health and the safety of our communities is our primary concern.
We are prepared for any COVID-19 scenario but whatever happens, we still need you to sign up now and help us build this amazing network.
Read our full statement and policies here.

Why should I become a host?

The Macintyres, Glasgow host family, 2021

Support climate action by housing activists and scientists overnight

Not only will you be supporting the international climate movement’s remarkable efforts, but housing a guest can reduce accommodation emissions by more than 80% and energy usage by more than 70%* compared to a hotel stay.

COP15 guest with her hosts, Copenhagen 2009

Ensure that all voices are heard

People from countries least responsible for, and most affected by, the climate crisis are often unable to attend important summits like this due to lack of resources.

Make sure that everyone has the best chance of being there to make their voices heard by providing free or low-cost accommodation for those who really need it.

Flick – activist and local host in Glasgow 2021.

Be human, not a hotel

We expect hosts to be natural, respectful and authentic to themselves and to their guests. There’s absolutely no pressure for you to act like a hotel. Basic comfort and basic kindness. A sofa or mattress on the floor is great.

Meet remarkable people from around the world and connect with this truly international movement.

Ensure that all voices are heard

People from countries least responsible for, and most affected by, the climate crisis are often unable to attend important conferences due to lack of resources.

Make sure that everyone has the best chance of being there to make their voices heard by providing free or low-cost accommodation for those who really need it.

COP15 guest with her hosts, Copenhagen 2009

Be human, not a hotel

We expect our hosts to be natural, respectful and authentic to themselves and to their guests. There’s absolutely no pressure for you to act like a hotel. Basic comfort and basic kindness. A sofa or matress on the floor is great.

Meet remarkable people from around the world and connect with this truly international movement.

Flick – activist and local host in Glasgow 2021.

How does it work?

01

Share

space in your home with overnight guests by creating your host profile on the COP26 homestay network:  Climate.humanhotel.org 

If you’d like help, you can request a free photoshoot here.

02

Receive

messages and booking requests from COP26 visitors who would like to stay with you during the conference.

You’re free to accept or decline any request.

03

Host

like-hearted climate defenders in your home and be part of the movement.

You’ll only host guests who you have spoken to and approved.

House guests in your space

All spaces are welcome in the COP26 Homestay Network, from crash spaces and sofas to entire homes. We value every contribution – every single guest housed makes a massive difference.

Shared Room


A shared room could be a living room with a sofa, or anywhere with a few beds or mattresses in the same room.
Guests use your bathroom and kitchen.


Price Guide:
£1 – £10
per night for one guest

Private Room


A private room would be a spare bedroom, or anywhere that your guest can close the door and have total privacy.
Guests use your bathroom and kitchen.

Price Guide:
£1 – £20
per night for one guest

Entire Home


You leave your home entirely to your guests, your entire home is theirs privately, without you being present.





Price Guide:
£1 – £30
per night for one guest

FAQs

Find answers to some of the more frequent questions about hosting here and in our customer support area. 

I live outside of Glasgow - can I still sign up to host?

Yes! We’re asking everyone in the Central Belt of Scotland – within one hour’s train ride from Glasgow – to sign up as hosts. So that includes Greater Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling, Edinburgh, and other towns in the region.

Should I still sign up as a host even though the pandemic isn’t over in Scotland?

Yes! Signing up as a host gives us a fantastic pool of accommodation options for activists, delegates and scientists looking to plan their trip to Glasgow for COP26 in November. The more hosts that sign up earlier, the better – because you’ll not only be helping out people who need to plan their accommodation well in advance of November, but you’ll encourage other hosts to sign up too.

Once you sign up as a host, you’re free to accept or decline any request made by potential guests. In the event that the Covid pandemic significantly worsens, the COP26 Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland team will make a decision on whether the Homestay Network will be used at all, and communicate this out to all potential hosts and guests well in advance of COP26.

Can I host guests for free?

Yes you can. It’s very important that people from all backgrounds and income levels can participate in the COP events.

As a host, you might be living under certain subletting restrictions that prohibit you from hosting paying guests, even for short term accommodation. If that’s the case, you can host for free as well. 

To help keep our platform running, and to keep the guest committed to their bookings, we only charge guests our one-time $25 Community Booking Fee when booking a free host space, no matter how long their stay is.

How much should I charge overnight guests?

The COP26 Homestay Network is about people, not profit. Though, we recognise that hosting overnight guests comes with extra costs for you. We’ve prepared a Fair Pricing Guide to help you.

Will I get to choose who stays in my house as a guest?

Absolutely, guests find host spaces that they want to book, and then hosts are able to view this booking request (including the guest’s profile) and decide whether to accept or not. You’ll also be able to chat privately with the guest before accepting, using the message function on the site.

Can I have more than one listing?

Yes – you can list multiple rooms of your home separately, if you have more than one spare room, or a living room and a spare room – for example. 

We do not condone or support private landlords with multiple properties purchased for rental. For this reason you may have a maximum of two addresses in total.

To list multiple spaces within one address, sign in to your host profile, select Manage listing and then Upload a host space. Don’t forget to publish your different host spaces when you’ve finished

What are the terms and conditions?

We keep things simple and straightforward for our guests and hosts. Read further our full Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

How does it work during Covid-19?

You can read our Covid-19 policies here.

What are the trust & safety initiatives?

You can read about our Host Trust Guarantee initiative here.

How do I start hosting?

You can start hosting by joining the COP26 Homestay Network, uploading and publishing your host space on our platform. 

Need help with anything?

Book a free host photoshoot

If you’d like some help becoming a host, then kick off your host profile with a free photoshoot of you and your home. Show off all your idiosyncrasies and share a little something of yourself with visiting guests. 

Photoshoots will only take place once COVID restrictions allow and it is safe to do so.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY

Ruth Davey / Helena Smith / Juan Hein / Daria Shevtsova / Saph