At a glance
BeWelcome is run by volunteers - free of charge and open source. Volunteering for the project is a great opportunity for you to get to know enthusiastic people who really believe in promoting hospitality and respect for each other. Maybe now it is time for you and you want to give back something to the community? Working with fellow volunteers and learn from each other is a course of personal development also, and it's fun, too!
For general questions not related to a certain team or if you are not sure, in which team you fit best, don’t hesitate to get in contact with sammiekong, our volunteer recruiter. She could help you to find the best match-up with one of our teams.
Help us write the software that drives BeWelcome either by adding features or fixing bugs. The backend is based on PHP with a rewrite currently underway that will make use of Symfony (3.x) components using Eloquent (5.x) as the database access tool. The frontend uses Twig templates and makes use of jQuery for dynamic content. The CSS framework will be Bootstrap4. Other languages and skills might also be interesting (e. g. Java for a mobile app). For more info please see GitHub. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with shevek for further questions.
Who makes sure everything works smoothly? The testing team! Creative people wanted with a sense for details - no special technical knowledge required. This might be a good starting point for you to get involved in BeWelcome!
The volunteers of the support team answer questions and try to help our members wherever possible. A great way to get to know the whole project! The support team offers a mentoring phase and experienced volunteers will guide you step by step into the volunteer work.
You prefer real life action?
Although we are very proud of the website with all its tools and features, real life meetings are what really matters. Become a Local Volunteer! Please contact sammiekong for further information.
Financing the organisation
BeWelcome and BeVolunteer are solely financed through donations. We try to keep expenses as low as possible. However, some administrative and server costs occur and we appreciate your donation
BeVolunteer is the organisation behind BeWelcome. All BeWelcome volunteers can join BeVolunteer. The members of BeVolunteer have a voice in the yearly General Assembly.
If you are a graphic artist, webdesigner, specialist in user interface or user experience or you have the feeling that your creativity is needed - you are welcome to join the redesign team and let your work be known by more than 85,000 members of our community!
New Member BeWelcome
Every new member receives a personal greeting from one of our older members. They are the first friendly contact from BeWelcome and spread the community feeling! They help and orientate new members with using the website and its features.
The Translation Team wants to ease the access to our website for members and visitors, regardless of their English skills. Our goal is to translate the complete site to as many languages as possible, starting with the most spoken languages of our members. Want to see BeWelcome in your own language? Please give a hand to make it come true!
Our members have the best ideas for BeWelcome. That's why anyone can start a discussion in the forum. The suggestion team will pick up the most active discussions and suggestions for improvements. The team will clarify possible solutions and start a formal implementation process. Do you want to take part in the improvements and see BeWelcome grow in the way you wish? Join the Suggestion Team!
Communication and PR
Do you love to communicate with people and want to help promote the BeWelcome project wordwide? Do you have a great idea for a poster or a marketing campaign? Welcome to the communications team! If you have experience in doing Newsletters, Social Media, SEO, Branding and/or Media communication, you are welcome to join the communications team.
The Forum Moderators try to keep the BeWelcome forum a welcoming place. From time to time, people spam the forum, call each other names or post stuff in the wrong group. The moderators are there to ensure that everyone can use the forum to find information and that discussions take place in a friendly and respectful manner. Details of how the team works can be found here and details how to apply for the team here.