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Interview with our volunteers: mountx

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/06/24 21:10

We would like to introduce you to some of our volunteers. Every one of them decided at one point to spend a little bit of time to help BeWelcome, making this the greatest non-profit, volunteer driven hospitality network out there!

Our sixth interview is with mountx who is volunteering in the Forum Moderators Team.


Why did you join BeWelcome?


Like most people, probably, I joined by accident. I first started hosting back in the mists of time, using a website – really little more than a bulletin board – called Travelhoo. When that disappeared, I found Couchsurfing. When CS began to change, a guest told me about BeWelcome and I thought I would give it a try. I am still a member of CS but prefer it here. Sometimes BW is a bit ‘clunky’ because everything is done by volunteers, but I find this more honest than being slick, commercial and soulless.



Why did you start volunteering? and in which teams are you active?

I have been part of the team of Forum Moderators since 2013. I was ‘blackmailed’ into it by one of the then moderators, using a combination of guilt (You don’t want to be a freeloader, do you?) flattery (We need YOU) and puppy-dog eyes.

The mod team is not always popular – no-one likes being told to change their post – but, like football referees, they are necessary. The team does its best to ensure that the BW Forum is a welcoming place, where different opinions are tolerated – and that means valuing differences of opinion within the mod team itself. Often decisions are not clear-cut, so they need to be discussed and debated amongst the mods, which produces a real sense of being part of a team.


What kind of traveller are you? 

I guess I am mostly a ‘holiday’ traveller, but I do like feeling some connection with the places I visit and trying to understand what it is like to live there. This is also one of the reasons that I host, as hosting brings the people and places to me.


How many countries have you visited? What is your favourite country or place?

I grew up in Liverpool (which, as all good scousers will tell you, is a ‘country’ of its own) and I live in Scotland. I tried to count up and I think I have visited 24 countries, though most of them are in Europe. I am not sure that I have a favourite but Andalucia was my first experience of being abroad and still has a special place in my memories.


What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?

Being given a jar of marmite for my birthday, at the BV Assembly in Düsseldorf.

Because marmite is cool, isn’t it?



written by artep - 3 years ago (i)
Mountx, I really like your way of moderating (where I saw it) and find it very necessary, too!
Thank you!

written by sammiekong - 3 years ago (i)
"I was ‘blackmailed’ into it by one of the then moderators, using a combination of guilt (You don’t want to be a freeloader, do you?) flattery (We need YOU) and puppy-dog eyes." Hahaha, you made me laugh so hard~ Many thanks for your great work Mountx, it's ture that we need YOU! :-)

written by thonyrpb - 3 years ago (i)

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