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The name of this group is “Active Friends Travel With Friends of The World."
Who We Are
We are passionate budget minded travel enthusiasts who meet and greet to make friends; plan upcoming trips; share information about trips taken; experience new ethic foods; explore other cultures; share hot deals for travel opportunities; and find travel companions. Our travel events allow you to travel with friends. You don't have to travel alone. Travel with us. We will travel near and far. We do not allow TRAVEL AGENTS to organize or host any of our events to further their business for profit. In this way, we can keep our costs down. Check out our many events already scheduled. As a new Meetup group, we are looking for volunteer hosts to host events. Please contact the organizer if you are willing to host an event. The more volunteer hosts we have to host events, the more participation we will have from the members and the more successful this meetup group will be. We need your help, participation and contribution to make this , your meetup group, a fun and exciting group to belong to.
We are happy to have everyone join the group regardless of your age, nationality or religious affiliations. The experiences within the group will be enriched by full participation by many. However, the Organizer reserves the right to drop individuals from the group for lack of participation, inappropriate behavior (harassment, abuse, disrepect etc. of any member/organizer) and actions not in the best interests of the group. That decision will be made by the Organizer. Additionally, new members must abide by the Cost of Becoming a Member, Photo, Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information, Liability Waiver, Comment Guidelines and Guidelines for Hosts policies and all subsequent future policies to be described on this page.
Cost of Becoming a Member
Currently, there is no set fee for membership in this Meetup group. The Organizer pays the required semi-annual Meetup dues to maintain the site and do the many detailed work to provide a a variety of activities for the enjoyment of everybody. As a volunteer, the Organizer will plan and execute the details of group events as best as can be done. However, some circumstances may develop that are beyond her control. Good members will appreciate those efforts and show understanding with a good attitude when circumstances beyond control arise.
For consistency, new members failing to submit a photo of himself or herself may be sent the following message:
“We are happy that you have joined our travel group. In order to continue to be a part of this group, it is mandatory that you upload a current profile photo of yourself so that all members of this group can see who will be joining them on these events (in all fairness to the other members who have uploaded their photos). Please do so within the next two days, otherwise, we will have no choice but to disallow your membership.”
Photos of pets and cute animals, cartoons, beautiful landscapes, flowers, etc. are not acceptable photographs. Photos prior to an event really do help when groups gather to verify that those who have indicated the desire to participate in an event have shown up.
The Organizer may disallow membership at any time even without the said notification outlined in the first paragraph of this section. If you are dropped for violation of the photo policy and subsequently are able to provide an acceptable photo, you may apply for membership again. Please understand that tracking compliance with this photo policy can become a time consuming administrative task. If you are dropped for violating this policy, it should not be taken personally. It is only fair that everybody comply equally.
Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information
This group is not made available by the Organizer for others to use for promoting their interests outside of this group.
The main purpose of this Meetup group is to bring people together who have a passion for travel to share their travel stories and develop deep friendships that might result in them traveling together individually or within a scheduled group. The Organizer will offer travel opportunities for the group - both near and far. Members may choose to participate in these trips/events or not.
This Meetup is not provided for professional travel agents, other travel professionals or members to solicit business among Members. Please refrain from using the Meetup and its members solely for solicitation. Professionals and members may participate in events, but must refrain from doing so just to “sell” products.
If the Organizer becomes aware of anyone violating this policy, they will be removed from the group.
Guidelines for use of Conversation/Comment Section Within an Event
The conversation section of an event is to be used by members/organizer to share information about that event that will benefit the members attending that event. If you need to communicate any information to just one individual, it is recommended that you contact that member directly through their profile. Since this is a public website, it is recommended that no personal information such as phone numbers/home addresses be included in this section. We do not need to know your personal reasons why you cannot attend an event. Simply respond YES or NO is sufficient.
The conversation section is also used by members to show appreciation to the volunteer event host/organizer after an event has concluded. We welcome your positive feedback as an encouragement to the volunteer host/organizer for putting on these events for your enjoyment. It takes a lot of time and energy to plan, organize, coordinate and manage these events. Good members will recognize and appreciate these efforts..
The conversation section of an event is NOT to be used as a sound board or a gripe session. Any comments of this nature will be deleted. If you have a personal concern, you should direct it privately to the individual involved and not burden the rest of the members with something that does not concern them. Failure to abide by the comment guidelines might be cause to be removed from this meetup group without further notice.
Guidelines for Event Hosts
The Organizer encourages members to volunteer to host Meetup events. Please volunteer if you think you can provide that service for the benefit of the group.
There may be times people will volunteer to host events. Such events must be submitted for review/approval by the Organizer. If you wish to host an event, please submit a description of the event for review to include type of event, date, time, location, cost (if any), number of participants etc.
1) All events must be submitted to me and be approved by the Organizer before being posted by her.
2) The Organizer reserves the right to delete events deemed not appropriate. These include, but are not limited to:
-Unapproved Parties in private homes.
-High risk activities (e.g., rock climbing, sky diving, bungee jumping etc.).
-Advertisements posted by travel and other professionals masquerading as Meetups.
-Events promoting one’s personal business for personal gain.
-Events requiring members to pay any kind of money to Event Hosts. Some events may require a fee. Members may pay a fee to a third party. For example, member will buy food at a restaurant; member will buy ticket to an event; or member will pay deposit or tour fee to a professional tour company, as examples. (See Item 3 below.)
-Events cross posted from other Meetup groups by Event Hosts unless approved by Organizer of the other Meetup group and this Meetup group.
-Meetups that automatically repeat.
-Meetups with absentee Event Hosts or with none or vague info as to how to find the Event Host & group.
3) Meetup does not allow Event Hosts to collect money through Meetup. Furthermore, the Organizer prohibits offline payments to Event Hosts. Only the Organizer is allowed to schedule events involving collection of money. Any exchange of money by members, other than with the Organizer, is outside of the Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup group and all risks are strictly assumed by the parties involved.
4) Event Hosts are prohibited from scheduling group trips (beyond day trips) without the Organizer's approval.
Hosts will be expected to answer questions posed by those interested in the event, to greet event attendees, as possible, and to make all attendees feel welcome to the event. Hosts must alert the Organizer of any concerns about the conduct of the Meetup event and its participants, especially the failure by any Member to abide by the conduct expected and outlined in the Liability Waiver section.
I am happy to have you join us on our Meetup events. By signing up for an Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World event you are agreeing to the terms of the Liability Waiver in the Pages section of this Meetup and will conduct yourself in a way that is mindful and considerate of the health, safety, and welfare of yourself and other participants in the Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup activity.
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