Reference Ratings

Your Reference Rating Is Key to Being Selected by Hosts

. When you have completed a Handshake and the work is done, you need to leave a reference for the Host, and they for you. Hosts will rate you from 0 to 10 in three different areas and you’ll do the same for them.

Skills Used

You will be rated on the skill(s) you said you could do.

  • If you claimed to be a rocket scientist, but did not get the rocket off the ground, you will get a low score.
  • If you said you could pick fruit all day long and you picked fruit all day long and then carried it all back to the house after dark without being asked, you should score 10/10.

Punctuality and Work Ethic

This reference can help you when you finally get back home and start looking for a job.

  • Hosts give points to people who worked hard when not supervised and who helped keep the work tempo up and spirits high.
  • You will get low points if you can never get out of bed and turn up for work late and disappear whenever the boss isn’t around.

Decision Making

One of the most important attributes in a worker a boss looks for is “Can you make a decision?” and, more importantly, “Can you make the right decision?”

  • You will get low points if you sit around all day and say, “I didn’t know which barrel to put the apples in.”
  • Again, you will get low points if you put the apples in the wrong barrel because you did not check with the boss which one you should have used.
  • You will get high points if you really tried to get hold of the boss to ask which barrels to use and when you could not find them, you swept the yard and cleaned the toilets until they turned up.
  • There is a time to ask the boss what to do, and a time to make the decision yourself. Points should be given to travellers who come to the host with solutions to problems, and not just problems.

Have a look at the reference page in the host section on the  guidelines for giving points.

Leaving a Reference Rating For Your Host


If your host provided exactly what they said they would and they made it simple for you to do your work, give them 10 out of 10. If you felt you would have been happy to stay on longer, give them 10 out of 10. This is not the Olympics, if the host provided what you you expected, give them 10 out of 10 to let other travellers know they are a fair host and worth working for.


If the host provided did what they said they would… just. However, if the food was not always available and the hours a bit longer than you expected, give them 7.5 out of 10.


If the host didn’t provide what they said they would.

  • If they didn’t tell you what work was needed and then complained you where not working, despite your talking with them about the issue, then give them 5 out of 10.
  • Anything lower than 5 means the host is of no value to the next traveller.

Host Rating Categories

Skills Used

Give your host a 10 out of 10 if the work you were asked to do was what it was supposed to be.

  • For example, you want to improve your skill for painting. They said you would do lots of painting and not just cleaning up around the house – and it happened. Rate them for keeping to the work they said it would be.
Work Conditions

Rate your host for the work environment they offered. Did they treat you with respect and were they fair with you?

  • If they expected you to work really hard, but you were rewarded appropriately, give them a 10.
  • If you worked 10 hours a day and felt great at the end of the day for what you achieved, then give them a 10. A good boss who was very professional and inspired you, give them a 10.
  • An unfair boss who messed you around and then blamed you for not getting the work done gets a 5.

Rate your host’s accommodation. If they said it was basic and it was what they said it would be, don’t give them a bad rating and moan how it was not a hotel. Give them a 10 if it is what they said it is and was clean. You are there to work, but it’s good to know the accommodation is what they say it will be.

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