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Brace yourself: The Duck is coming!

written by amnesiac84 - 2015/04/09 18:35

One more time, the BW duck team from Toulouse is inviting everyone to attend a long week-end of festivity, from Friday the 1st of may to Sunday the 3rd.

Happening for the fourth year in a row, Seek the Duck is the longest BeWelcome running event and include lot of different activities:

  • local wine testing
  • giant BBQ
  • Easter omelette
  • museum and city tour;
  • story telling;
  • pic mic

...all the activities are free (except the wine testing, requiring 3€ to cover the costs).

Start packing your stuff, the Duck is waiting for you!

More info: Seek the duck group | Toulouse group | Activities

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New donation campaign started!

written by amnesiac84 - 2015/02/19 08:29

As you can see, we've started a new donation campaign! This year, our donation goal is €1620!

In other good news: after a long procedure, Paypal acknowledged our non-profit status, which means our transaction fees are down to €0,25 + 1,4% (previously a higher basic fee and a higher percentage, dependent on the origin of the donation).

Please consider donating, as the donations guarantee a free (from ads), transparent and independent hospex network.

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A little design update

written by shevek - 2015/02/07 11:57

Hi all,

The dev Team just deployed a new version of the site. We hope you like the new layout for header and footer.

Some small improvements were made to the signup process (the most notable being that new members are redirected to the 'Edit my profile' page on first Login, hopefully creating a lot more filled in profiles).

The get active and donate page were also updated.

This was only possible thanks to OctoberTales who provided the design proposal and was very picky regarding its implementation and amnesiac84. Some people spent some time for testing as well, namely Leoalone, tsjoek and amnesiac84. If you want to know the gory Details have a look at Trac.

Thanks to all involved,

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Introduction of the New Member BeWelcome Team

written by Matchi1981 - 2014/12/16 22:37

Hello fellow BeWelcome members,


it is my pleasure to introduce you to the new volunteering team of BeWelcome called:

New Member BeWelcome Team (NMBWT).


Maybe, when you signed up to our community, you were happy that someone of the NMBW team sent you a welcoming message, as the NMBWT started to volunteer for BeWelcome in October 2013 and the team began to greet new members who joined from August onwards. If so, you probably remember the warm feeling it gave you.

BW is probably not a famous website, but we are a strong community of people who care about cultural exchange and interaction of its members. 


As we want all new members to feel welcome and at the right community to be, a few volunteers develop this team. The current NMBWT defined a way of working and of late we have an integrated BeWelcome greeting tool. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the BW developing team for providing us with this great new tool. 


Our goal is to greet every new member with a warm welcoming letter including useful information about the usage of the website, the philosophy behind it, important links to navigate through BW, and hints about features (groups, activities, trips, suggestions…).

And last but not least, we are personal contacts for each new member in case he/she likes to raise some questions about BeWelcome to someone who is already active in here.


The NMBW team's next goal is to grow in order to cover more languages and to provide a better support for new BW members.

Currently, we have volunteers who greet in the following languages:

Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Now we want to reach new BeWelcome user in more languages, for example in Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish… Do you want to join us?


We are an enthusiastic team, and we are passionate and happy to volunteer for and support BeWelcome. 


If you are interested in getting to know more about the - New Member BeWelcome Team - then please check out following:

All of these will provide you with much more information about the NMBW team's volunteering effort. 


Thank you for your attention and reading the New Member BeWelcome Team community news. 

We're looking forward to hearing from you, too!

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First BoD meeting

written by amnesiac84 - 2014/11/25 20:33

After a first informal meeting, the new BoD will have its first official meeting on December 4th. The meeting will take place in private, mainly because we first want to get to know each other and because of negative experiences made by previous boards. After that we will announce the outcomes publicly on the BeVolunteer IRC-channel, as far as we can, and will be open for questions and comments by the community on that same channel.

December 4th

19:00 CET - start of the BoD meeting
21:00 CET - outcomes of the meeting will be made public and time for questions and comments

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