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Lots of fun at the 6th Seek the Duck weekend

written by duesseldorf - 2017/06/11 23:03

It is already a week ago that the 6th Seek the Duck Weekend took place in Toulouse from June 2nd to 4th. With lots of love and energy and hospitality from Southern France the local community organized wonderful activities, starting with a picknick on friday night at the boards of Garonne river, playing Pétanque and Mölkki, a treasure hunt, visiting a local sunday market together and a spontanous cooking session to end the weekend. About 25 BeWelcome members enjoyed the weekend.

This was the program:

And here are some pictures:

picknick at the Garonne river


wine tasting


sunday picknick in a park


playing Pétanque


...and we found the duck!


(sorry - somehow the blog feature of adding photos does not seem to work ... probably the mistake sits in front of the computer. So please follow the links to the pictures.)

We are curious whether there will be more "Birthday Events" taking place in 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BeWelcome...



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BeWelcomes video channel

written by duesseldorf - 2017/05/25 15:36

Did you know that BeWelcome has a video channel?

In the last weeks two new videos have been uploaded there.

The first one is about the 10 anniversary weekend of BeWelcome in Berlin, April 30 – May 1. 2017:

Thanks to amnesiac84

not only for having been the driving force behind the whole weekend but also for having made this Video.

Also brand new is the introduction video to BeWelcome: A 4 minutes long explanatory video about how BeWelcome works and what you can do to use it:


BIIIG thanks for this video go to milanche
from Nis / Southern Serbia.

And for those who like to critizise:
Yes, we know that the videos are amateurish and far from being professional. That is okay with us :)

None of us is a professional - neither in front of nor behind the camera. People used what they had for the filming – and even old cameras do, as you can see.

You are welcome to do a better video … or just something different? Please send us your little movies and we will upload them at this BeWelcome channel.



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A community of 100.000 members

written by duesseldorf - 2017/05/19 16:40

Yesterday BeWelcome was able to welcome its 100.000th member!

This is great news!
Although BeWelcome does not focus on numbers having more than 100.000 members now is good news for our community because it means that travellers have better chances to find hosts in more places and that our white spots on the global map are getting scarcer.


A slow and steady growth of member numbers is the perfect proof that our chosen path to not actively market our community anywhere works well. Word of mouth spreads the knowledge of BeWelcome's existence. So please tell all your friends who have an open heart and house to join and sign in.


And if you enjoy looking at some statistics - here they are:


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Toulouse invites you to Seek the Duck – first weekend in June

written by duesseldorf - 2017/05/11 11:56

For the 6th time our local community from Toulouse (Southern France) organizes a weekend full of discoveries and activities.Come and join "Seek the Duckfrom June 2nd to 4th!


Here you find the program they put together:



All activities are free. Only for the wine tasting you are asked to pay 3 Euro per person to be able to buy good wines. And life is too short to drink bad wines!


Please sign in each of the activity to make it easier for the organizers to get an overview of the number of participants.


By the way: I am planning to go to Toulouse as well and hope to meet as many BeWelcomers as possible!  Let's spend the weekend together! See you in Toulouse!


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Safety Warning: Scammer wanted for theft

written by duesseldorf - 2017/05/01 21:56
We want to warn you about a specific threat which we have just become aware of. 

A person claiming to be a 23 year old lawyer from Lithuania and living in Norway has been reported to police in Austria for stealing money from a host in Vienna while at his home alone. He had claimed in last minute hosting groups and accommodation requests to hosts using the name "Karlivas" that he had been robbed and urgently needed a place to stay until he could take his flight.
 The same story he had also used in the UK (Newcastle, London) and Spain (Mallorca). After his profile was banned by BeWelcome, he reappeared in Milan with a similar profile and story using the name "Karolis24". He allegedly also uses Couchsurfing.com. 
He has used these photos on his profiles:
He is described as about 1.90m tall with short, blond hair and usually well dressed. He may change his appearance or his story. If you receive a message from someone you believe is this person or if you have any information, please share it immediately with the BeWelcome Safety Team at safety@bewelcome.org or through one of the "contact us" links on the website, selecting "report safety issue" (https://www.bewelcome.org/feedback?IdCategory=2). If you are with this person, please make sure first that you and your belongings are safe. 
In the 10-year history of BeWelcome this is the first time that a crime has been reported and that we need to warn members of a specific threat, beyond the advice we always give members and which are outlined on https://www.bewelcome.org/safety. Based on the past ten years BeWelcome is very safe to use, especially if you apply good judgement and instincts when interacting with people you meet for the first time, and when we all help others make informed decisions by reporting problems we become aware of. 
Here are some of the things you can do to protect yourself in general:
- Read the requests you receive and the profiles carefully. Look out for clear pictures of the person requesting your hospitality and at arrival make sure they correspond.
- Communicate through the BeWelcome messaging system whenever possible.
- Apply the same if not extra caution to last minute requests claiming emergencies. Don't rush your decision. If it doesn't feel right, don't accept.
- If you are already hosting someone about whom you have doubts or when you have concerns for your safety or your belonging, it is generally best to ask the guest to leave. You are never obliged to let anyone stay in your home, even after accepting. If you cannot or do not want to make an unwanted guest leave, you can ask to see identification, as a precaution or at least to know who exactly you are dealing with. Get help from friends or from police if necessary.
- Don't tempt guests with unattended valuables. Only leave people alone in your home or give keys to them when you believe you can trust them.
 We wish you many safe and enjoyable interactions with fellow members. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
The volunteers of your BeWelcome Safety Team


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