SIGHT stands for Services for Information, Guidance, and Hospitality to Travelers.
What is SIGHT?
SIGHT hostesses and hosts offer hospitality and help to traveling Mensans from all parts of the world. Global SIGHT network is composed of three basic elements: hosts, guests and coordinators. Hosts are members who are willing to welcome traveling Mensans into their homes. Guests are travelers who, as well as hosts, seek for a good and intelligent company of their fellow members from all over the world. Coordinators are in charge of connecting compatible hosts and guests.
How does SIGHT work?
SIGHT coordinators are gathering information about all hosts from their areas (local, regional or national level) and storing it into database. When traveling Mensan is announcing visit to the area, coordinator compares guests profile with profiles of local hosts stored in the database and supplies matching hosts with a contact and all necessary information regarding incoming guest.
How to make contact?
Make it easy for hosts and SIGHT coordinators to communicate with you. Using e-mail insures quick response and does not incur international call charges or postal delays. Plan your trip and report as soon as possible following information to the relevant sight coordinator:
- Proof of current Mensa membership
- Special requirements (allergies, dietary requirements, etc.)
- Occupation and interests
- Other persons traveling with you
- Whether or not you smoke
- Mode of transport
- Detailed itinerary, including dates
- Any other information you would like to have if the situation was reversed and someone else was coming to stay with you
The coordinator will supply suitable hosts with your contact address. Then it is up to them to contact you, and when they do, you can arrange details through direct communication.
Even when you have arranged everything with your host, there are still some rules you should play by.
You should always...
...inform your host of any change in your travel arrangements as soon as practical. Do not cancel at the last minute unless it is an emergency.
...treat your host's home and family with respect and courtesy. Remember, they are putting themselves out to help you.
Also, don't forget that...
...some hosts may require payment. You must agree on this beforehand. If your host provides accommodation for free, then a gift or a meal in a nice restaurant would be an appropriate way of expressing your thanks.
...most hosts welcome a guest for a few days only. Do not outstay your welcome.
We would much appreciate you becoming a SIGHT host yourself if possible. Write to your national SIGHT coordinator. The coordinator who made the arrangements for you would very much appreciate feedback on your experiences. As your host is very likely to be busy or working during the day, make your own arrangements.