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  • The team
    s really going on in the city Search for the haertbeat of the city with your friends About us The team The team Marjolijn Masselink is responsible for the operation in Rotterdam Amsterdam and The Hague Kees de Gruiter is responsible for the ambitions for expansion to other cities Danai Karnava is starting up in Athens Greece left Marjolijn Masselink below Kees de Gruiter Socially Responsible Environmentally Friendly City Safari

    Original URL path: http://www.citysafari.nl/eng-about-us/the-team (2016-04-25)
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  • The history of City Safari
    Because tourism was a growth market at the time especially for jobs that do not require a higher education a tourist attraction would contribute to growth in employment in the three neighboring districts Kees calculated that an attraction demands high investments of which only a small portion would end up in the local economy It would be wiser to regard the districts of Katendrecht Afrikaanderwijk and Feijenoord themselves as attractions If the people who settled in the new central district were to visit interesting people and special places and spend their money in exotic shops that would not only serve the local economy but a number of social causes as well The rumors about no go areas would be refuted visitors get a more objective idea about the reality of the daily life in districts they would not normally visit and the hosts can show their hospitality tell their story and thus boost their self esteem Long before the term came into vogue City Safari got a very sustainable setup by using only existing venues and moving from host to host on foot or with public transport the ecological footprint is extremely small compared to other leisure activities In combination with the social impact City Safari complied with ISO26000 standard for social an environmental entrepreneurship from the start When Kees de Gruiter developed the concept in 1996 he decided that this should not be a subsidized project If people are not prepared to pay the real cost the enterprise is not viable The city gave a one off development subsidy in 1997 and ever since Marjolijn has operated City Safari as a for profit enterprise From that moment tens of thousands of private persons and employees of companies institutions and government agencies have gotten acquainted with the daily life of

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  • Terms and Conditions
    in the confirmation covers all of the described program All prices in the confirmation are per person unless indicated otherwise All prices are in Euros and include VAT or other applicable taxes Not included The cost of tickets for public transport Drinks during the tour Rental bikes Lunch or dinner Liability City Safari accepts no liability for injury damage loss or theft during or as a result of the tour unless there is gross negligence or malicious intent on the part of City Safari VOF or its agents Bike rental City Safari VOF accepts no liability for injury or damage while using rental bikes The traveler is responsible for damage to or loss off bicycles The terms and conditions of the rental agent apply Changes by traveler Changes in the confirmed reservation can be made by the traveler insofar as they are possible A surcharge of 12 50 for the whole party will be charged plus the higher cost Changes by City Safari VOF The tour will be executed as confirmed by City Safari VOF to the best of its knowledge and abilities City Safari is entitled to make changes based in actual availability that do not fundamentally change the program In case of force majeure City Safari VOF claims the right to make changes to the program If a tour is canceled or fundamental changes are proposed that are due to operational problems of City Safari VOF itself City Safari VOF will immediately notify the traveler If a tour is canceled by City Safari VOF the full amount that has already been paid will be repaid unless an alternative program is agreed with the traveler Cancellation and changes Cancellation of a tour must be in writing The date of the email message or the post mark determine the moment

    Original URL path: http://www.citysafari.nl/eng-about-us/terms-and-conditions (2016-04-25)
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  • Who went before
    Contact Your co workers will experience who they are really working for Find out with your colleagues what s really going on in the city Search for the haertbeat of the city with your friends Who went before Socially Responsible Environmentally Friendly City Safari and ISO 26000 Contact info citysafari nl 31 10 436 3567 Stuur mij de nieuwsbrief Als je je email adres hier invult ontvang je drie keer

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  • Agent?
    might be a good idea for your city Do you know interesting people who might be prepared to receive guests as a host Would you be interested in becoming an agent Please let us know Until today we have mainly catered for government agencies institutions and companies who use City Safari to better understand the fabric of the city They typically come with bigger groups and want full service custom made programs around a theme of their interest We are now developing a platform comparable to Airbnb that caters for individuals who want to explore the city with two to five persons and who need some introductions to people they would like to meet If they know they re expected and they know the address they don t need any further assistance For them we can make the appointments at half the cost of the corporate programs If you would like to become a host and be your own agent you re very welcome to respond For you as for the agents this means that you will edit your own information respond to meeting requests and receive the payment for a visit from us Of the list price 25 will

    Original URL path: http://www.citysafari.nl/eng-franchise-opportunities (2016-04-25)
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  • News
    need a computer a printer a cellphone an Internet connection and a bicycle and they can run the operation from their kitchen table So there s no investments in buildings equipment and vehicles and hardly any energy is used to run the operation The participants walk from host to host or they use public transport especially during the hours with excess capacity The hosts invite the participants into their daily life so no investments are made in attractions and the extra use of energy is in the heat that s needed for a cup of tea and baking cookies The small environmental impact is a good thing but much more important is the big social impact You pay a fair price to the organizers and the hosts that you visit In 1996 when City Safari started its first pilot it was in the poor part of Rotterdam with the express intention to stimulate the local economy of the districts of Afrikaanderwijk Katendrecht and Feijenoord With high percentages of immigrants came the tensions of integration and a negative reputation Some policy makers tried to idealize the multicultural society some politicians tried to exaggerate the tensions to blame them on the immigrants City Safari could show the visitors who came to the homes workshops and houses of worship of the hosts that people were just trying to make the best of it and were proud to show their daily reality That appeared to be a positive thing for the self esteem of the hosts and just as important it gave the visitors a better understanding of how the other half lives of how they re interesting individuals with a very personal story Now almost twenty years later more than 40 000 people have been taken out of their comfort zone and paid

    Original URL path: http://www.citysafari.nl/eng-news (2016-04-25)
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  • FAQ
    tailor made program No two programs are identical We entertain a big network of hosts that can be extended just for you if there s an aspect of city life that you re interested in and that we haven t covered yet Will a guide accompany us in the city You will go on your City Safari without a guide At the starting point the person who composed your program will welcome you and instruct you about the program You will be handed a printed schedule and a map and you ll be on your way A guide would always be an obstacle between you and the people you meet and you would be following the guide instead of finding your way So the absence of a guide is not an austerity measure Your real guide is just a phone call away for immediate assistance should anything go wrong The absence of a guide and the fact that you go into unknown territory will take you out of your comfort zone this will enhance your experience and open your mind for encounters that will stick with you forever How do you get from host to host The best way to experience the city is to walk short distances and use public transport for the rest We can provide you with day passes for public transport or we can arrange different transport modes like bike rentals or water taxi s And what about physically challenged participants For special needs for handicapped participants we can facilitate the appropriate transport modes and we can create programs that meet the accessibility needs How do we find our way Every group will get a folder with the schedule of meetings and a description of the movements between the hosts addresses A map will indicate where they are in the city If anything is unclear the virtual guide is always ready to help you on the phone What kind of hosts will we visit Anything but the obvious The person in your group who was responsible for making the arrangements with City Safari has indicated what is of interest for your program Whether it is the workshop of a violin builder a cup of tea with an Afghan refugee settling on the couch of an African story teller or a tour of the Food Bank for the poor they will be exclusive arrangements for which City Safari has opened the door For inspiration check the Encounters section of this site Are the hosts expecting us Yes They are not attractions that are always open for business they are private persons that are there especially because they are expecting you They are as nervous about the encounter as you are so please let us know immediately on the emergency phone number if for some reason you re running late for more than ten minutes Do not skip any hosts without letting us know Why do the hosts participate All our hosts receive a reasonable compensation at a

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  • Contact
    FAQ Contact Your co workers will experience who they are really working for Find out with your colleagues what s really going on in the city Search for the haertbeat of the city with your friends Contact Socially Responsible Environmentally Friendly City Safari and ISO 26000 Contact info citysafari nl 31 10 436 3567 Stuur mij de nieuwsbrief Als je je email adres hier invult ontvang je drie keer per

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