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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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JOIN SEEK THE PIG FOR A BW WEEK-END! (1ST-3RD OF APRIL 2016)

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/03/16 08:32

If you like to meet people, Seek The Pig is for you!

If you like to travel, then come to Lyon!

If you like April’s Fool jokes, that’s the right day!

If you like to play, we’ll play together!

If you like to discover and visit historical places, ruins and monuments, let’s visit a UNESCO World Heritage site together!

If you want to promote BW, it’s the right place on those dates!

If you like secret passages, we’ll show you the Traboules!

If you like sports and duck hunting, we will have some ducks ready around there

If you like beers, there will be a beer-tasting aperitive!

If you dislike beers, then it will be allowed to drink something else.

If you like to pillow fight, that’s perfect for the international pillow fight day!

If you love pork products, guess what…

And if you don’t like anything, and you’re pig-headed… then Seek The Pig!

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A Be Welcome backpack will be offered to the first Seek The Piger who finds the spoonerism hidden in “Seek The Pig”!

Wish to have more info, to get the program, to join us, to ask for a host?
Have a look in the Seek The Pig group or join the activities!

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Interview with our volunteers: conrado888

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/03/11 14:45

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 second interview is with conrado888, who is volunteering on the New Member BeWelcome Team, the Support Team, the Translation Team and the Communication Team. Besides the work in those teams, he represented BeWelcome at a conference last year and helps out the BoD with some French documents.

  • Why did you join BeWelcome?

I joined BeWelcome because I was slightly disgusted with the ethical direction that was taken by another hospitality exchange network. I was looking for an alternative where the views of the users would be respected and a sense of community was being promoted. I found this with BeWelcome and couldn’t sign up fast enough!

 

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

Again, this had to do with my disappointment with previous experiences on other hospex sites. It’s all good to complain about what annoys you, but if you don’t do anything about, it can be a bit hypocritical. So I got involved in the volunteering to make sure that BeWelcome stayed true to its values and give a free service to the members that is provided by the members. That is the key ideology I hope will never die. Also I was excited of becoming part of community of volunteers with all the social side which that entails. I answered a call for a member who was willing to represent BeWelcome at an event in London – at that time I lived there. Shortly after - about 6 months ago now – I joined the volunteers and I am now part of the Translator, of New Members Welcome and the support team. I gradually got involved with them and each time I discovered a new wonderful group of people with whom it is a pleasure to work.

 

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

There have been many already. It always a great feeling when you are able to fix a problem that a member is experiencing. And it is always nice to get replies from new members to whom we sent out welcome messages. Every now and then you will get a really long and thankful message from a complete stranger which really makes your work feel valued.

 

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

Friendly, Unpressured, rewarding

 

  • What kind of traveller are you?

Well that’s a difficult one. I didn’t know there was different kind :) . I like to think that since the universe is constantly expanding, that travelling is the act of following one of the principles of the cosmos. Everything is always moving and changing so just go with the flow. So I guess that makes me a “go-with-the-flow” traveller.

 

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

I don’t know off the top of my head, between 20 and 25. There are so many special places out there that it’s hard to choose. Top three favourite cities would be Budapest, Medellin and Mexico City (Where I’m living now - so well done me :) )

 

  • What is your favourite / coolest BeWelcome experience?

Every interaction with different members has been really unique and pleasant. Once a member just asked me out of the blue what my username meant. It was completely random but for me it really highlighted the closeness and the confidence that people have on the site to talk to one another. Additionally, once I was corresponding with a member about some promotion event. Fast forward 4 month later and on the other side of the planet, that very same member sent a request to my girlfriend (without knowing she had anything to do with me) who also has a BeWelcome account asking if she could put him up. So he stayed with us and so completely by chance I got to meet him in person. I really loved the coincidence of it all – and this feeling of a real community!

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