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What does a host do?
Each group has one of more official hosts.

Hosts run the group events and are paid for their time and expertise.

Who manages the group?
Each group is managed by an Event Manager.

Event Managers are amazing people with amazing organisational abilities!

Each Event Manager is usually in charge of a number of groups, and their job is to:

  • Assess and approve new host applications.

  • Provide support and answer questions from hosts.

  • Assist hosts to choose event themes, plan, and schedule dates.

  • Make sure each event has everything in place before it goes live.

  • Resolve scheduling issues between hosts.

  • Troubleshoot technical issues.

  • Promote each event to group members.

  • Answer questions from group members.

  • Develop a sense of community among group members.

  • Ask for feedback on potential event ideas from members.

    Please note that event managers are unable to provide support via Phone or Zoom due to the number of groups they manage. They are also unable to meet in person as they are based all around the world!
  • How much are hosts paid?
    Hosts are paid according to a number of factors:

  • The length of each event.

  • The number of bookings on each event.

  • The hosts average review score.

    Minimum and maximum event payments are given in your trial class offer email.

    All Orble hosts are considered Independent Contractors who are able to set their own times and schedules and use their own equipment.

    Weekly event payments are made via direct deposit using Wise.com, or via a PayPal payment. The deadline for weekly invoice submission is Monday night. If you miss the deadline that's not a problem, you just won't receive payment until the following week.

    To submit an invoice login to Orble.com and go to your Calendar page. View past events and click on the "invoice" button.

    All reimbursement or expenses beyond the regular host payment must be approved in advance by your Event Manager.

  • Host often are events held?
    Hosts are encouraged to run at least one event every 3 months.

    Apart from that there is flexibility to run events whenever you like, however weekend mornings at 10am are usually preferred as that is when most people are available.

    The maximum events a group runs is usually one per week, however it depends on the number of group members and demand which can also be seasonal. The usual cadence is one event every 2 weeks.

    For groups with multiple hosts, the organiser will assist with scheduling to avoid conflicts and to make sure the right number of events are being run for the level of demand.

    How do I become an official group host?
    Apply here.

    Applications are approved based on their experience and qualifications.

    What is Orble?
    Orble.com is the online platform used to coordinate and manage the groups.

    Orble is owned an run by an Australia registered company, Orble PTY LTD.

    We are based in the wonderful Sydney, Australia!

    Our mission is to make the world a more fun and interesting place by fostering communities, and running amazing events for those communities that entertain, teach, and inspire.

    Orble has been running events since 2008, and now helps run over 400 active groups around the world.

    Does Orble provide lesson plans?
    For many of the common event themes, we do have pre-prepared lesson plans which hosts are welcome to use, however they are not compulsory.

    What is taught at each event is completely up to the host.

    Where are the events held?
    Events are held at locations both indoors and outdoors depending on the theme.

    For instance a Landscape Photography event would be held at a picturesque location suitable for the purpose, such as a park.

    Many events are held indoors. Possible locations include cafes, pubs, libraries, community centres etc. Free venues are used if possible to keep event prices as low as possible for the participants. It is up to the host to organise event venues, however your Event Manager can certainly provide suggestions.

    Does Orble provide hosts with insurance?
    Orble provides public liability insurance for hosts globally.

    If a venue requires a public liability certificate please request this from your Event Manager.

    How many people attend events?
    Events usually have from 1 to a maximum of 12 participants. We like to run small scale, relaxed, social events which are more fun for everyone.

    How are the events structured?
    Photography: Each meetup is based on a different theme and held at a location suited to that theme, however they all follow the same simple structure. There is an introduction, followed by a series of between 3 and 6 challenges between which everyone regroups, and then finally the conclusion. Example themes include Landscape Photography, Street Photography, Portrait Photography etc.

    Art: Art meetups can be held indoors and outdoors depending on the theme. They usually have a single subject such as Watercolour for Beginners, or Drawing for Beginners. They can have a challenge format similar to Photography, or focus on a single scene or subject for the whole event.

    Craft: Usually held indoors, these events focus on a single project such as a scarf, beanie, or granny square.

    Events should be fun, social, and creative, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere where people aren't afraid to ask questions. They are not a formal class.

    Each events lasts from 2 to 3 hours. 2 hour meetups are shorter, more social, and have a maximum of 12 participants. 3 hour classes are usually for beginners, and are limited to 6 people.

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