This social group is for people who are either living or traveling in the SF Bay area and are looking to have some fun in the city! Come socialize with us and meet other locals, students, au pairs and travelers from around the world! When you attend an event, often you'll feel like you've just landed in Europe, Australia or South America without even leaving the city. We head to the pubs, clubs, go on pub crawls, enjoy road trips and outdoor activities, cheap dinner nights, trivia nights, dance parties, house parties, and other local activities.
Our meet ups usually get a bunch of travelers/hostelers/backpackers/au pairs from all over the city along with locals wanting to meet them, share travel stories, and party like they're on holiday. When we organize an event, 90% of the attendees have just met each other that night or are new to the city.
So if you're new to SF or even if you have tons of friends but they are all busy studying/working one night and you want to hit the town - then come meet up with us and party with some new friends for the evening! Or if you're an au pair, on a J1 visa, or studying/interning in SF and want to bump into some fun people from your home country or meet other J1ers/students/interns/au pairs in SF, our meet ups are the best place to do this. And you'll meet travel-friendly locals at the same time who will tell you all the “local secrets” on where to have fun in the city.
Membership is FREE and we only pick free and cheap events to attend – because we know that travelers/students are usually on a budget. You only have to be fun and friendly to join!
See you soon!
ABOUT “JOIN THE PARTY”:
JOIN THE PARTY events are group social outings that just happen to be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. We are an adventure and party group who like going out and socializing with other travelers, students, au pairs and locals. You will enjoy and are welcome to attend our events if you are looking to have some fun in the city and meet people from around the world. When you attend an event, often you'll feel like you've just landed in Europe, Australia or South America without even leaving the city.
RULES, POLICIES AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR GROUP MEMBERS:
ATTENDANCE at our events is at the discretion of the event organizer. The Organizer can turn away any member for ANY reason, either at the beginning of the adventure or anytime during the adventure. Organizers may also change a member’s RSVP response for any reason. Members that disrespect Join the Party policies and it's members are not welcome at our events. Those of you who are consistently reliable, respectful, responsible are VERY WELCOME at our events!
ARRIVE ON TIME: Organizers have no obligation to wait for late comers. Often there is a 5-15 minute meet/greet period before leaving the meeting place, but there is no guarantee so please arrive early. If you arrive late for a adventure and find that the group has already departed, do not attempt to locate the group and join. As a general rule, members are not allowed to join once the activity has already begun. Make sure to arrive earlier than the scheduled start time so that you are well prepared and ready to leave with the group. If you miss an event due to lateness or getting lost, it would be appropriate to e-mail the event organizer with an explanation, particularly since the system will automatically log you as a "NO-SHOW for that event.
HEALTH & CONDITIONING: PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND a adventure that is beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. This is not fair to others who expect to enjoy the adventure at the level it was described, OR to the Organizer or other members who may have to wait or look for you if you get behind or get lost. Please browse our calendar for upcoming events that match your ability.
GEAR REQUIREMENTS: Come prepared with the right gear for your adventure, especially boots/shoes, clothing, and enough food and water for your activity. These needs are different for everyone, so if you are not sure what to bring, contact the organizer of the event or read their "WHAT TO BRING" section in the event description. It is inappropriate to expect other members who are on the event with you to share their food and water if you neglect to bring these necessities.
RSVP INFORMATION: It is NOT APPROPRIATE, NOR ALLOWED to attend an event without a "YES" RSVP. There is often limited space, and attendees that are not on the RSVP list ARE NOT ALLOWED TO JOIN THE EVENT.
WAITLIST: If your are on the “Waitlist” the organizer will change your RSVP to a “YES” when he/she decides space is available. It is not appropriate to show-up hoping to attend an event because your name was on the “Waitlist” but was not added to the “YES” list by the organizer. Attendance on JOIN THE PARTY events is for members on the YES list only.
NO-SHOWS: THE Meet-up Platform NOW KEEPS TRACK OF “NO-SHOWS.” Your name will automatically be added to this list EACH time you RSVP without showing up. These stats are visible to organizers only. Organizers will potentially change a member's RSVP from a "Yes" to a "No" or downgrade to waiting list status if that member has a history of "NO SHOWS." In fact, the general rule is that 2 or more "no shows" is grounds for removal from the club.
RSVP YES: When you want to join an event, BUT make sure to change your RSVP if your plans change.
RSVP NO: It is not necessary to RSVP "no" if you cannot attend the event.
RSVP MAYBE: This option is generally not used by the organizers because it counts as a "yes" in the RSVP total count, which inhibits other members from attending if they are a definite "YES." If you RSVP "maybe" consistently without showing up to the event or changing your "MAYBE" RSVP to a "YES" or "NO" then this will get you on the "NO SHOW" list and result in your removal from the club.
DISCUSSION BOARD: Use the discussion board to communicate with other members regarding issues & information relating to the event such as map, route, experience, carpool & gear needs. Specific questions for the organizer should be emailed directly. Your RSVP response is also an effective way to make a statement.
GUESTS: Organizers may or may not allow guests. If the guest option is not on when you RSVP, it means guests are not allowed for this hike. If guests are allowed, it is your responsibility to make sure your guests understand the rules, policies and expectations as described in this document. Pay close attention to the organizer’s statement about bringing guests for the event you wish to join as bringing a guest(s) is not always an option.
COST: Some Adventures do require you to pay a fee. The fee for each event varies and usually covers any costs incurred by organizers. Costs also cover the monthly fee that the group organizer has to pay Meet-up for the existence of a Meet-up group on their website.
CARPOOLING: Some Organizers arrange carpools, but you can also set-up your own carpools by using the comment section in your RSVP or the discussion board. Don't wait for someone to contact you. Be pro-active and check the list regularly. Aside from saving gas and cutting down on smog, some trail-heads have very few parking spaces.
LIABILITY: Before you were allowed to join Meetup, you had to check a box saying you read and agreed to Meetup's Terms of Service. One of the most important sections in these terms as an Organizer, is Section 6.2 which refers to liability. Here is a link for your review. http://www.meetup.com.... In simple language, YOU and only you, are responsible for your safety at all times if you participate in a Meetup event. In addition, we require each attendee to read and sign a waiver/sign-in sheet at each event. Please review the JOIN THE PARTY waiver/sign-in sheet here: http://www.meetup.com...
FEEDBACK: First and foremost, the organizers strive to create SAFE events where everyone can have a fun time making new friends and enjoying the city. The organizers understand how important its member's feedback, cooperation and involvement is in reaching this goal. Please contact us if you have suggestions, concerns or any information to share that can improve our events. Additionally, should any member behave in a way you consider inappropriate or disrespectful please contact us with your concern.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REVIEW THIS INFORMATION!
YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS GREATLY VALUED AND APPRECIATED!
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