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Donation goal reached!

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/03/01 19:06

We reached the goal of this year's donation campaign within three months only at the end of February! This is absolutely fabulous and we would like to thank all those kind donors!

With those 1700 Euros we have our budget financed and now we can ensure continuation of our hospitality exchange network for the next year. Because your donations enable us to pay our bills, we do not have to finance our community by showing advertisement, sell your data or introduce premium accounts - which we promise never to do. We think we can say on behalf of each and every member of BeWelcome: Thank you very much for your donation - may it have been smaller or bigger!

If you have a closer look at the donations it becomes clear that hospitality exchange is not about freeloading and that the main goal of our members is not to save money. We received several donations of 50 Euros and more - one of the last ones was even 200 Euros. That equals a night in a 5-star-hotel or a whole week of cheaper package tour vacations.

Although the donation campaign has ended, it is of course still possible to donate to BeWelcome. All incoming donations mean we can lower our donation goals for the next year 2016/2017.

The Board of Directors sends a big "THANK YOU!" to all the donors and supporters of BeWelcome!

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Join the support team, help our members

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/02/23 20:52

Have you ever noticed the “Contact Us” link on the footer of every BeWelcome page? There is a small team in behind this whose members answer to the questions and requests submitted by our users: the Support Team.

When members have questions, want to make suggestions, report bugs, complain or give feedback, they “Contact Us”. More often the support team helps in cases of forgotten passwords, when members have difficulties using the map search or want to change their username. The Support Team is there to answer questions, solve problems and communicate with other teams if needed.

As BeWelcome grows and member numbers increase, the team is now in need of more helping hands (volunteers who are fluent in German, Russian or Polish are especially needed, as members speaking these languages grew). If you have good communication skills, enjoy doing support work, and have some free time, we are looking forward to having you on the team!

Check out how to join the Support Team or Help BeWelcome to see what interests you. Volunteering for BeWelcome is a great opportunity to get to know enthusiastic people who really believe in promoting hospitality and respect. Working with fellow volunteers and learn from each other is a course of personal development also - and it is fun, too!

If you have any question about volunteering for the Support Team or BeWelcome in general, please do not hesitate to leave your question(s) here or contact our Volunteer Recruiter directly.

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Interview with our volunteers: artep

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/02/14 15:38

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!

The first interview is with artep. She's coordinator of and part of the New Member BeWelcome Team, which sends out personal messages to new members with kind words and useful information.

  • 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.

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Board of Directors February meeting: 14-02

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/02/02 20:19

The Board of Directors would like to invite you to join our next public meeting.

We do not consider ourselves a "leadership team". Legally the Board of Directors is the administrative "council" that runs BeWelcome on a day to day basis as well as the "steering committee" which takes all the decisions that don't have to be decided by the General Assembly. Our little team of five tries to meet online once every month. Our next online public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 14th at 14.00 CET.

Here is the first draft of our agenda.

We would like to invite you to get involved with discussions and let us know what topics you think the Board should discuss in this meeting.

The meeting will take place on IRC @ 14:00 CET: freenode #bewelcome
Please log in using your BeWelcome username.

See you and talk to you soon,

duesseldorf, girandoliere, sammiekong, wind and amnesiac84

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Change of Terms of Use

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/01/25 18:06

Dear members,

As of March 1st, 2016, BeWelcome will have slightly altered Terms of Use (ToU). We would like to inform every BeWelcome member about those changes, hence the community news. Every member will receive an e-mail with this notification shortly. If you don't receive it, please check your spam-folders and if possible, mark it not as spam and/or add BeWelcome to a whitelist (= accepting all notifications from BeWelcome from now on).

What will change for you?
Most likely nothing will change for you. There are 2 small changes regarding content:

  • we added the example of "making discriminatory statements" in the list of behaviour which is not welcome on BeWelcome.
  • any disputes can be filed in the competent court throughout the entire French legislative territory. The previous version stated one specific court in Rennes.

 

One changing legal aspect
In the past, we provided the ToU in English only. According to French law, we need to provide the Terms of Use in French, which would be the only authoritative version. To enable all members to read the content of the Terms of Use, we'll do our best to provide translations in as many languages as possible.

Preview
The changes can be viewed in both English and French.

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