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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 https://www.bewelcome.org/members/artep liked to go hiking in the Alps. She posted several suggestions of hikes in the Munich group https://www.bewelcome.org/groups/288 and also revived the Munich hiking group https://www.bewelcome.org/groups/1278.

One answer came from kanalpiroge https://www.bewelcome.org/members/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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written by duesseldorf - 2017/07/17 13:22

Our member survey announced here on June 18th is now finished and a summary of results can be viewed and downloaded at


We want to thank everyone who helped prepare and analyse the survey - and the 851 members who took the time to complete it.

Some of the main findings are that most members join BeWelcome for hosting, staying with locals, cultural exchange and because it is non-profit. Almost all respondents actually did travel, but most used other options for staying overnight. Most say they have already met other members in person, and most have already received a hosting request. So BeWelcome is not just some website or a collection of profiles, but something tangible. However, 3 of 4 have not hosted anyone over the past 12 months. Most say they don’t receive enough requests, and almost nobody receives too many. Most have tried to find a host on BeWelcome and most have found it difficult not only to find one, but even to obtain a reply.

The main reasons given for not logging in for a long time are not receiving requests and having forgotten about BeWelcome.

3 of 4 are also members of CouchSurfing, and they keep using CS to find hosts. The main reasons given for that are that they didn’t find a BW host and that they didn’t think about looking on BW.

The satisfaction level with BeWelcome is the same as with the other hospitality websites which respondents use.

Male users and users who have not logged in for 6 months are somewhat less satisfied with BeWelcome.

Forum and activities have not been important reasons for joining, have been used little and are not a focus for improvement requested by respondents.

What respondents want most by far are more hosts and more guests, easier member search and a mobile-friendlier website.

The redesign of the website with mobile devices in mind and with improved search is already underway and there are a number of ideas for growing active membership in line with our values. Hopefully these improvements will also help to make existing members more active. Now that we have a benchmark, we will be able to measure the progress we make.

Do you want to share your opinion and your questions with other members? Then either comment here or check this forum thread:

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Camping at the Mosel river July 19-24th

written by duesseldorf - 2017/07/04 15:54

Have you ever been to a hospitality Exchange camp? Ever heard of the Mont Royal Summer Camp?
It will happen for the 11th time this year - from July 19th to 24th and it has become one of the  oldest camps in the hospitality exchange communities in Europe. The organizer flohfish put a lot of effort into this multiple day event with ist festival like character.

The camp will take place in flohfishs home town - the picturous Traben-Trarbach

 Location: Traben-Trarbach, Germnany


This is a "real camp" including camping in tents. Those who come for the first time will get to know hundreds of members from all different hospitality exchange networks like BeWelcome and experience lots of activities together. The difference from normal hospitality meetings is the target group: Hospitality Camps are not organised only for the local community and the few travellers in town; these events are meant to attract people from all over the world. Mont Royal Summer Camp has become one of the most attended hospitality exchange camps in the world. When the unreliable German weather is good it attracts several hundred people.

You can find more Information here:

I will also attend and offer to read from my book about hospitality exchange communities (published in German language back in 2010, title "(Fast) Gratis Reisen") and discuss about it and our common experiences being hosts or guests.

You should join us and come to the Mont Royal Summer Camp this July!

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