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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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Seek the Pig review

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/04/10 19:39

At the first weekend of April about 30 BeWelcome members met in Lyon / France for an event called „Seek the Pig“. It was a real international even and it was good to see that BeWelcome is a real community of travellers: most participants came from all corners of France, but there have been Germans, Finnish, Italian, Spanish and a Turkish participant as well.

There were quite some nice activities – and the organizers (Cybouk, pranthavaliz and zapotek mainly) did a real good job: They offered a city tour, booked a friendly venue just for the BeWelcome event, organized an afternoon in a nice public square where locals of all ages including kids of some participants played Kubb with the travellers and enjoyed ffreds juggling. Afterwards many participants were literally „seeking the pig“ … on their plates and went to a very traditional restaurant with excellent pork dishes (as well as other great food). In the evening cybouk invited to a delicious beer tasting at her place where the last attendees left only shortly before dawn. A huge picnic in a park closed this relaxed weekend.

Lyon will always be a good place to visit again – and the participants hope for a second edition of „Seek the Pig“ in 2017.

If you like to meet other BeWelcomers just pack your bag and head to the South of France: From May 20th to 22nd another edition of the (in)famous „Seek the Duck“ event will happen in Toulouse.

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Interview with our volunteers: Samuele

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/03/26 18:34

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 third interview is with Samuele, who is volunteering on the New Member BeWelcome Team and the Support Team.

  • Why did you join BeWelcome?

I was concerned about the changes that another very popular hospitality exchange website went through when its legal status had been modified into for-profit. Therefore, I decided to start to explore other networks such as BeWelcome.


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

The development in BeWelcome has "traditionally" been quite slow. One of the often-flagged-out causes was the lack of participation. For this reason, after the "Unconference" held in Florence (Italy) in Nov 2013 I've made the decision to start to actively volunteer. Currently, I'm volunteering for the New Members BeWelcome Team and I'm in the process of joining also the Support Team.


  • Could you tell us a interesting/nice experience in your volunteering Experience?

The collaboration with the other teammates has been a very positive aspect. When you come up with a brilliant idea after a fruitful brainstorming! But also heart-warming feedbacks from new members are one of the reasons of main satisfaction.


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

Persevering, dedicated and selfless.


  • What kind of traveller are you?

I think I don't fit a precise category. I'm not an hardcore backpacker neither such an experienced traveler, though I'd definitely love to have more experiences of this kind. On the other hand, I don't consider myself as a tourist (a sort of profanity in this network, lol). I'd say something in between, I think I have my own balance. Of course, I enjoy sightseeing and they might be one of the main reasons I'm visiting a place for. But on the other hand, without human experiences, without interactions with locals, the trip is incomplete and inconsistent, to say the least.


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

Roughly 15 countries, mainly in Europe. I've been just once in Africa (Burkina Faso) and in America (Brazil). I like a lot Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. My favourite cities are Zürich, Berlin and Stockholm, plus several other towns. :)


  • What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?

Hard to pick just one. I've had several cool guests and also when I've been hosted, I've had memorable moments. :)

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