Is every NotOnMap place only a single house?
No, we are a community based Homestay. So, there are multiple houses that can accommodate various guests at a time. One homestay can accommodate two guests (in minimum), but the number can rise depending upon the capacity of a house.
Does the host family speak English or other international languages?
Most of the NotOnMap stays are owned and operated by the local villagers, who mostly are uneducated.
However, NotOnMap has been providing English classes to the local villagers as a monthly project in the various communities.
They are able to speak Basic English, but for now, they are not able to speak any other international languages.
They can have a basic conversation in the English language, welcome you and explain to you about sightseeing options around their homes and the town as well. In most of the homestays, the children (school-going children) act as a translator between the guest and the host family.
Since I am living with a family, do I have to buy gifts?
Well, a few gifts wouldn't hurt. Pen, or story books for the children, or something related to the kitchen works will make the women of the project, happy. But, it is not mandatory to bring gifts.
Is tipping required?
No, it is not mandatory. However, if you are delighted by the hospitality and experiences from our host family; feel free to delight them with a tip. There are not any minimum requirements for the tipping. You can offer anything to your heart's content.
How can I be a host?
If your homestay/guest-house/resort is a community-based homestay, or if your community would like to open your doors for the rest of the world, you can list your homestay project on our website by signing up on our host application page, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.