It’s almost three years since Alexander Grit, a PhD student at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, first approached Home Base Holidays with a request for volunteers to help with his research into aspects of the home exchange experience for his doctorate. We felt that home exchange had truly come of age now that it was the subject of a PhD thesis and Alexander was delighted by the response he got to his request:
‘The idea is that by watching and analysing several home exchange diaries we will get insights into this very exciting hospitality concept from the point of view of the participants. The diaries will all be different - in content, form and appearance - according to each participant's personal preference. Some diaries will take the form of written journals with pictures that cover activities on a day to day basis; others will be videos covering the main events of an exchange, or a blog on the Internet, or a podcast.’
“I have great news! I have defended my PhD research and the committee accepted my dissertation without corrections. It is titled ‘The opening up of hospitality spaces to difference: Exploring the nature of home exchange experiences’. The dissertation will be published as a series of journal articles.”
And amongst the acknowledgments in his dissertation:
“Members of the home exchange community Home Base Holidays have been active with sharing their experiences. Alexander would like to thank them for their support and cooperation."
If you were one of Alexander’s volunteer diary keepers, thanks again for taking the time to help him. I’m sure you will be delighted to hear of Alexander’s success.