Dear Bewelcome members I ma organizing a solidarity event on lake Baikal connecting workshop about local and real native shamanism and support to orphans in Siberia, The group, for the moment I have 10 women and i have 3 more free possibility, will arrive in Ulan-Ude on the 4th of August and leave on 16th.
You can see some something here www.spmir.org/workshop
we help the orphans here www.spmir.org
if you could be interested just drop me a line on Bewelcome. Thank you. Stefano
On the 20th, 21st and 22nd of May, BeWelcome members have gathered in Toulouse to party for the so-called Fête du canard (Duck Fest). You could hear the quack-quacks all the weekend long! Locals and travelers have shared amazing moments around different activities. The local community is waiting for you next year to enjoy again these good times!
More pictures can be found here
As the “gap year” becomes more the norm than the exception, deciding where to travel to can be as difficult as deciding your major. It’s not surprising that for many American and British travelers, Australia seems to be the place to go. There are many reasons, but it seems to be primarily because it offers a significant amount of exploration and adventure, minus the language barriers and culture shock that come with many exotic destinations. Australia is a fantastic place for your first trip abroad, and will allow you to experience the ins and outs of international travel, without running into too many problems. We’ve put together some useful information to help you get started on your gap year in Australia.
Do your homework before you travel. Make sure that you have contacted the State Department to ensure that you have all of the travel advisories, and that you’ve passed any health requirements. Make sure that you’ve also looked into customs – one of the most difficult things to take with you can be prescription meds, so make sure you make any adjustments if necessary. Make sure that your visa is in order and that it covers your needs. Find out ahead of time what work or volunteer experience you might be looking to put on your resume, and make sure that you meet all requirements.
You aren’t going to want to try and pack everything you’ll need for the entire year. If you’re backpacking, you don’t want to lug it all over the continent with you anyway. Australia is full of shops and there is literally nothing that you might need that you won’t be able to find. To make things easier, pack for a two-week trip, and budget plenty of money for buying additional clothing, footwear, and outerwear as needed. It will make your flight, arrival, and initial adjustment period much simpler if you aren’t trying to drag 3 suitcases with you everywhere you go. Remember that you’re in a different hemisphere though, and pack for the season you’re headed to.
Everything in Australia is more expensive – and you’re likely to run short of funds much sooner than you’re expecting. Make sure that you have given yourself plenty of cushion, and that you’ve considered your leisure time as well. Everyone budgets for travel expenses, food, and shelter, but many people wind up running short of cash when it comes down to grabbing a drink with friends, or a bus fare to a side trip. Remember that if you’re here for an extended time, you can try to get to the highlights of the trip during off-peak seasons, which may save you money on travel expenses and lodging. Have an idea in mind for how much money you need to get home, and know when you’re getting close to that number, and be ready to leave early if you need to. In addition, you may find yourself seeking income opportunities, in order to help fill in some of your discretionary spending or to help extend your trip if you’re having a blast.
So you were planning a week long camping trip but the forecast is telling you that it’s going to rain for the next 5 days? Make sure you’ve built some give into your itinerary for these kinds of unforeseen events. While it might initially feel reassuring to have all of your travel plans, hotel rooms, and tickets booked in advance, you may wind up losing out on the experiences- and money- if you have to change your plans suddenly. Make use of websites like Stayz or other apps to find last-minute lodging deals, rather than having to cancel or change plans frequently. It’s probably a good idea to make arrangements for your first few days after arrival, but unless you’re headed to a stable job, you’ll do better to take things as they come.
Make Friends with Some Locals
It can be really easy to fall in step with some other expats you ran into at a hostel, but you’re really going to miss out on a lot of experience if you keep to a group like this. You’re here to explore and broaden your horizons, so why on earth would you stick to a familiar group. By all means, be friendly with them, but make sure you are venturing out of your comfort zone a bit. Locals will also have all the best tips for things to do and places to eat that are off the typical tourist track.
Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goals
Remember why you decided to do this in the first place. It’s easy to fall into the same habits that you were in at home, sticking to one place and establishing a routine, but that’s not what you’re here for. You can do that at home. You’re here to gain your independence, learn a few things about yourself, make friends and memorable experiences, and return with a new perspective. Don’t be the person who gets halfway through their year only to find out that you’ve settled in a big city that’s a lot like home, and that you’re doing the exact same things you normally do. Keep a journal or some other way of reminding yourself what you are here for. It can be as simple as asking yourself what you learned today every night before you turn in. You may find that as you discover more about yourself, your perspective and your goals change, but make sure you’re making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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!
Why did you join BeWelcome?
I joined one year ago as I was planning a trip to Norway. I started reading about the problems in CS (I had not been very active there for a while so I didn't know what was going on), and I found BW as a good alternative for it.
Why did you start volunteering? and in which teams are you active?
I am part of the redesign team, and I joined because I wanted to help to make BW a little bit more cosier. I am expecting that the new redesign we are working on will attract new users, and also make existing users more active.
Could you tell us an interesting/nice experience in your volunteering experience?
Well, so far we are in the beginning of the work, I guess the best experience will be when we can see a brand new page.
(edit: the new opening page, which has been the work of mainly Jesus82, is already visible in alpha!)
Please give us three "keywords" which describe how is volunteering for your team(s).
I would choose "creative", "challenging" and "I think I have screwed it up with github again".
What kind of traveller are you?
The one that comes with a bottle of whiskey under the arm. No, seriously, when I travel I prefer to take it easy and enjoy the places I visit, even thought that could lead to not to reach all the "postcard photo spots" in the list.
How many countries have you visited? What is your favourite country or place?
Around 30. Some of them I am not even sure if I can consider them countries (like Transnistria). My favourite places: Galicia, Plitvice, Lofoten.
What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?
So far I just hosted a pair of girls via BeWelcome. So if they ever read this: they were really cool :)
Adventurers looking to take their next holiday in the down under’s deep south have quite a time ahead of them. Between desert trekking and wine tasting, your holiday is guaranteed to be as action packed as you can handle. But before you delve into the vastness of South Australia’s vacation potential, check out these tips to make sure it goes smoothly.
Know your travel restrictions
Some countries’ citizens may require a little extra paperwork before they can begin their South Australian holiday. Find out if any apply to you.
Consider a campa!
Camper vans are a great way to save a significant amount of cash while exploring the depths of South Australia. Rather than hiring a rental car, eating out at restaurants, and staying at hotels, you’ll have a 3-in-1 space complete with kitchen, bed, and wheels. Plus, campa holidays are popular in Australia, so you will have no trouble finding one. You may even find some extreme discounts in the off-season!
Vacation rentals are plentiful
For holidaymakers seeking something more stationary than a campa, you needn’t look further than the many vacation rentals available. Check out Gumtree for a wide listing of reasonably priced options for your stay. If you stay long enough, you may find some extra discounts there, too.
Learn the rules of the road
Before you take to the wheel, there are some crucial points to be aware of. Perhaps most important is that you’ll need to drive on the left side of the road. Be sure to keep your speed, seatbelt, and cell phone use in check, too. For extra pointers, Progressive has an excellent guide to get you started. The Government of South Australia also offers some territory-specific driving information.
Plan some holiday stops
If you plan on stopping by some of the more popular tourist destinations, especially in Adelaide, you’ll want to make sure you have some logistics ironed out to make sure that your plan is feasible, like hours of operation, rates, and peak times. If you are going to have a longer adventure, for example overnight camping, plan ahead to avoid paying for accommodations that you won’t need.
Invest in travel insurance
With all of the wildlife, terrain, and activities that South Australia has to offer, your holiday won’t be without a little danger. It’s best to be prepared and make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance, should anything go awry.
Support and respect the Aboriginal natives
While the Aboriginal population in South Australia is relatively low, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to support Aboriginal culture, from purchasing music, art, and other media, to helping dispel hurtful stereotypes and racism. Just be careful not to let any unawareness you may harbor unintentionally appropriate elements of the Aboriginal culture. You will come across as disrespectful. Learn as much as you can. Also take care not to impart any “solutions” to perceived problems. Recognize that your input may not apply to all societies, and it may do more harm than good.
With these tips in mind, you can count on making the most of your South Australian holiday. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for adventure, plus you’ll be equipped to practice law-abiding and respectful behavior while traversing the beautiful and vast South Australian territory.