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Interview with our volunteers: ivers0n

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/05/17 20:45

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!

Our fifth interview is with ivers0n who is volunteering in the Translation Team.

 

 

Why did you join BeWelcome?

This is probably a very common story. I was a member of a similar website and I wasn't thrilled with the direction it was taking, until one day someone told me about  the alternative “BeWelcome” and then I started using both. Finally, I was getting more involved in BeWelcome, because I identified much more with their ideas.

 

Why did you start volunteering? and in which teams are you active?

Luckily I have a lot of free time in my life, which allows me to be a volunteer for different organisations. I saw that BeWelcome needed a hand in the translation team. So I helped them to translate the website into Spanish. I believe that my work  will increase BeWelcome's chances in Spain and South America, which potentially is a huge "market".

 

Could you tell us an interesting/nice experience in your volunteering experience?

Honestly the translation team is quite an independent experience. But something that keeps me entertained is checking a page where we can see the percentage of the website that has been translating to every language. English is always 100% and we try to keep the other languages as complete as possible. Sometimes you get close to 100% and it's a very nice feeling. But then, new content is created all the time and now the Spanish translations fell back to only 80%! So after finishing this interview I will translate a few pages. Congrats to the Portuguese translators by the way! They are at an amazing 99.6%!

 

Please give us three "keywords" which describe how is volunteering for your team(s).

Flexible: Because you don't have regular obligations. I can translate a huge part of the website if I feel very motivated one day, and then do nothing the other days.

Rewarding: I have also translated several newsletters that I actually receive in my own inbox. When I see them in my emails and I think about how thousands of people are being informed in their language thanks to my efforts, I feel what I have accomplished. But I have to say that I never read the newsletters again, because it would piss me off if I found any mistakes!

Enriching: Translating always teaches you new words and expressions and in my case it improves my knowledge of both Spanish and English.

 

What kind of traveller are you? 

I was travelling almost non-stop for 4 years and I really enjoyed using hospitality networks. They always were my first choice. Visiting a place where you have some "friends" waiting for you is just perfect for me.

 

How many countries have you visited? What is your favourite country or place?

I know Europe quite well and Morocco and Senegal. So far Morocco (never in summer) is my favourite place to travel. It combines an exotic atmosphere with comfort. It's not that far away from Europe, and it's very easy to mingle with locals and to meet other travellers.

 

What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?

I had the chance to be in the BeVolunteer General Assembly in Furth a couple years ago and it was great experience to see how a group of passionate people try to make the most out of this project. Plus we got amazing food by the hosts there :)

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*** Seek the Duck ***

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/05/12 08:24

Toulouse locals are glad to invite you from 20th to 22nd of May 2016, in ze pînk city to the 5th edition of Seek The Duck, a BeWelcome gathering for locals and travellers.

Throughout the week-end, there will be picnics, pub crawls, barbecues, various games, treasure hunts and all.

Discover the whole program here: http://www.bewelcome.org/activities/1557

See you there!

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Interview with our volunteers: Fhina

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/05/06 15:07

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!

Our fourth interview is with Fhina, who is volunteering on the New Member BeWelcome Team, Safety Team and the Support Team.

 

Why did you become a member of BeWelcome?

As so many other members I'm a refugee from CS. I felt betrayed by the community and decided to search for alternatives. BeWelcome was a logical choice, as it still got the old 'spirit': sharing, non commercial, volunteer based...

As I was doing voluntary work on CS too, it felt natural to do volunteering here too.

 

Why did you start to volunteer here?

In CS I was member of the New member welcome group too. As there was no welcoming team in BW, some of the old CS volunteers put hands together and started this team.  

In fact, I don't see BW as a website to facilitate the contact between travelers and locals, but I see it more as a global community of people who like to travel and especially meet people of the countries where they travel. As a member of a community I see it as natural that you give some of your time and skills to help this community to grow, stay active and connected. That is why I volunteer. I want to interact and feel connected with these today 90.000 others.

It started with the translation team and than the New Member BeWelcome Team. At some moment there was a call to help the support team, so I joined that team too. The very last team I joined was the Safety Team.

Now that I combine these teams, I feel that I can really help people. And that is what I like to do.  

 

What kind of traveller are you? 

When I was young, I used to backpack and go wherever the wind brought me. I love it to not know where I will end up that day.

After my accident and with the child, I changed to more 'sedentary' camping. I only moved once or two times in one month. I love camping a lot. Being all the time outside, even at night. Not to have to go outside to be outside :-) That is why I don't like hotels: you have to do something to be outside.

Lately I picked up my old traveling style a bit: moving all the time. But this time with a car. I mostly camp, but if I can meet or be hosted by a local I feel lucky! I have the best memories of meeting local people. It's very exciting. As I travel alone, these encounters are of very much value to me. These are the moments that I actually share my travel.

 

Where did you travel to?

As a child I visited France (a lot) and Italy with my parents. As a youngster I started with Greece, Turkey, Morocco, China, Tibet, Thailand. Later: more France, the US, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Norway. Most recently: Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

My city number 1 is Marrakesh: absolutely in love.

My most special country : Tibet

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E-mail difficulties solved

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/05/01 12:11

Thanks to swift actions from our volunteers, the problems we've had with the Hotmail servers is now solved. This means everyone should be able to receive e-mail notifications again.

 

Manage your notifications
If you want to manage your notifications, please do so by telling us in stead of telling your e-mail provider to block our messages or send them directly to your spam folder.

You can change newsletter settings (important system notifications excluded) or subscriptions to forum / group / thread updates.

If you are using a new e-mail address, please update your e-mail address in the 'Contact information' tab.

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E-mail difficulties with Hotmail

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/04/28 18:18

Dear members, since about one week we encounter some issues with some Hotmail accounts. All messages and notifications sent to these e-mail addresses are blocked by Hotmail. Probably their system misinterprets those messages as spam.

If you signed up on BeWelcome using a Hotmail account, please check your spam folder from time to time and tell Hotmail our messages are no spam. We recommend all members to regularly check your spam-folder to see if all our messages find their ways to your inbox.

If you want to be on the safe side, and you're already using another e-mail address from another e-mail provider, you could also change/update your e-mail address in your profile.

We are looking into this problem and trying to fix it as soon as possible. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

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