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Testing our new website

written by duesseldorf - 2017/11/07 20:11

"Testing is like searching for truffles", a friend of mine once described it: You walk in a beautiful surrounding and then suddenly stumble upon something that is irritating.

We are all looking forward to our new website. The redesign is going on and advancing ... but nothing can be put online without proper testing beforehand. And the more people test it, the more bugs or inconsistencies will be noticed. 

If you have an hour or two to spare and want to play around with the future look of BeWelcome then please consider joining the Testing Team:



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You can support scientific research if you live in London

written by duesseldorf - 2017/10/19 16:06

Do you want to be on top of scientific research about hospitality exchange and accomodation sharing?

Our member Luciez has included BeWelcome in her study on the sustainability potentials of the sharing economy, which you can find here:

Now she continues her research and sent me An invitation to dinner and focus group on accommodation sharing in London:

A team of researchers from the Urban Sharing project at Lund University, Sweden ( invite London-based users of BeWelcome to dinner and focus group. Together, we hope to incite discussion about your motivations to join BeWelcome, and to talk about your sharing experiences.
To be eligible, you must live in London and have hosted someone on BeWelcome or other accommodation sharing platforms in the past year.
The event will be held in Kensington, London at 19:00 on 16 November.
To sign-up, please email with your name and phone number (spaces to the focus group are limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis).
The Urban Sharing research team looks forward to meeting you in London!

So what are you waiting for??? 
Would I live in London I'd be the first to ask to participate in the focus group :)

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A warm welcome to the first BeWelcome baby

written by duesseldorf - 2017/09/03 21:08

BeWelcome is not a dating site. But sometimes it happens that likeminded members meet and find out that there is more between them than just sharing a lifestyle, common interests, and hobbies. Sometimes unplanned things happen – for example that two members fall in love. This is called life.

While still living in Munich artep liked to go hiking in the Alps. She posted several suggestions of hikes in the Munich group and also revived the Munich hiking group

One answer came from kanalpiroge They did a hike together – and I like her comment about him: “… and I'd like to meet him again – for hiking or other stuff.”

Well – the “other stuff” includes that they both moved to Mannheim in 2015, got married in November 2016, and their son was born Januar 2nd 2017. :)

Congratulations to the first BeWelcome baby I became aware of!

By the way: artep is the coordinator of the New Members BeWelcome Team! (Though currently on maternity leave...)

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Rennes in Brittany invites you for a weekend, September 1-3, 2017

written by duesseldorf - 2017/08/18 16:13

It is very cool that the member Franck Maya took up the challenge and organizes in Rennes in the north-west of France, a whole weekend full of activities for BeWelcome members and the whole hospitality exchange community.

He picked up the by now almost traditional title of a BeWelcome meeting and calles it "Seek The Stoat - Seek The Bigoudène". Up to you non native speakers to find out what that means ;)

Here you find more information about the program:

Here are some details:

Thursday 1st September :
18h30 - BeerWelcome (Welcome drink). Bring some drink and food to share
21h30 – Concert : Soultime (Jazz, free)

Saturday 2nd September :
10h - City Tour 1 by walk
11h - Market "Place des Lices"
12h - picnic, games (Pétanque, Molkky, Palet breton...)
18h - pub crowling (oan’s Pub, Le Gazoline, Le Bistro de la Cité, Ty Anna-Tavern, Penny Lane) and free concert
21h30 – Concert : Soultime (Jazz, free)

Sunday 3rd September :
10h - City Tour 2 by walk and Museum : Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de Bretagne, la Criée centre d'art contemporain (entrance free)
12h - BBQ, games (Pétanque, Molkky, Palet breton)
15h : Water Study (Théâtre de Verdure, Free)
16h : Concert d’Orgue : Œuvres de Boëly, Franck, Vierne, Widor, Messiaen avec Vincent Warnier (Paris) (Eglise Saint-Germain, Free)
21h – O’Connell’s Irish Pub

I am really sorry that I will not make it to Rennes to be with you!!!


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General Assembly 2017- News and Update

written by duesseldorf - 2017/08/13 08:21

Every year there has to be a General Assembly (GA) of BeVolunteer, the association behind BeWelcome. In 2017 the actual meeting part of the GA will take place November 18 + 19 in Lille/France (other parts are conducted online). You can find activities organized in Lille around the General Assembly  here. Of course the program will be more detailed closer to the date.

The Board of Directors would like to invite you to take part in discussions about the future of BeWelcome. Attending is possible both online and by being present in Lille. Maybe it is a good idea to reserve that weekend already now and join us?

So let's get involved in the General Assembly! The Board of Directors is preparing the Agenda and you can contribute suggesting a topic (that might be discussed physically and/or online).

For more info about the upcoming GA 2017 please check this wiki.  It is still in an early draft stage.

For more info about the General Assemblies please check this wiki.

For more info about Volunteering for BeWelcome please contact Sammie.


The 2016-2017 BoD

Duesseldorf, Girandoliere, Sammiekong, Thorgal67, Wind

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