For our Members: Introducing the Community Builder Badge  By

For our Members: Introducing the Community Builder Badge

At SabbaticalHomes, we value relationships and ideas that strengthen our community.  We listen and learn from all of you and make it a priority to keep you informed of changes that help build stronger connections for all of us. 

Unlike other home rental services, we are unique in our approach.  Our fee structure has always been straightforward, with no hidden fees.  Whether you are posting your home listing for rent or exchange, or you are posting a listing for a home wanted, the fees are modest, and cover a 12-month period.  We purposefully designed our system this way to encourage academics and other minds on the move to find each other and build worldwide relationships – we provide the introduction and you get to set your own terms with the people you find as your matches.  

One of the ways we help guide our members to find their match is through a series of badges that are associated with each individual member’s profile.  These badges indicate whether the member is a verified academic, a connected member that has been referred by other members of the community, or a member who have been hand-picked by the founder.   

Based on your comments and questions, we were inspired to redefine and replace the somewhat ambiguous Contributor badge (which was acquired when a member submitted a donation or contribution) with the more comprehensive and defined Community Builder badge.   

Members receive the Community Builder badge for their profile when they make a successful match with another member and submit their Made-a-Match fee.   

What is the Made-a-Match fee?  

  • This is a success-based fee, the amount of which is determined by the member, with a suggested amount of $50.  
  • This fee is only requested if a match has been made. 
  • Once submitted, you receive a Community Builder badge for your profile. 

Why is the Community Builder badge important?  

  • This badge demonstrates that you were able to successfully work with another member to make a match, and 
  • It highlights your dedication to the SabbaticalHomes.com community, assisting us to grow our site while remaining advertisement-free and partnering with us to keep our service affordable to all minds on the move. 

We enjoy hearing from you! SabbaticalHomes.com is always looking for ways to learn and improve. We welcome your feedback and are here to personally answer your questions. 

 

2 Comments

  1. Happy to do so. We admire your philosophy and business model and have been very pleased by the responses from interesting people to our posting. How to make the suggested contribution? Paul and Catherine Evans, Vancouver.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Paul and Catherine. We certainly appreciate it! To answer your question, you can follow this link to make the suggested contribution: https://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/Donation.aspx

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