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 heard about internet-based hospitality networks on the radio and about couchsurfing in general. I was curious and found the idea thrilling. After my ex boyfriend (who disliked the idea) moved out the idea re-kindled again: Having visitors from other countries and having friends and family over was something I was brought up with by my parents. Living alone is not my cup of tea, so I looked up hospitality exchange networks on Wikipedia. There I found that BeWelcome is what I can identify with most and thus joined it.
Why did you start volunteering? and in which teams are you active?
I was contacted by Matchi1981 who was admin of the New Member BeWelcome team back then. He asked if I was interested in joining the team since he needed a second German greeter. I simply thought it's a nice idea. I've been active as NMBW team member and later as an admin and team coordinator only for this one team.
Could you tell us a interesting/nice experience in your volunteering experience?
Hm, no. Sorry, there's nothing that stands out. I like the "thanks for the welcome" messages back from the people I greet.
Please give us three "keywords" which describe how is volunteering for your team(s).
It is time consuming and quiet work. (Not directly rewarding, I know, but I like it anyway...)
What kind of traveller are you?
Very versatile! I like to try all but generally dislike the travelling itself and prefer staying somewhere for some time. I've enjoyed stays in Germany, in Europe, and far away. I like going by train, by plane, by bike, and sometimes by car. I've slept in tents, on couches, in sports hotels and in luxurious places. I don't have a travelling routine... What I dislike is going with lots of luggage and going somewhere alone.
How many countries have you visited? What is your favourite country or place?
19, I think. I don't have a favourite but will always love and advertise Slovenia's mountains and towns and Croatia's coast and historic sites.
What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?
Oh, there are quite a few meanwhile. One guest decided to study in Germany after having made good experience with travelling - to learn this made my heart feel a little warmer. And I had a guest from Taiwan who cooked pork in Coca Cola! A couple from Hamburg were about the nicest people you can host - they made me feel that it's really possible to make true friends anywhere in this world.