I tried to connect to the chat and it didn't work. In HC I'm one of the guys most times during the week online and answering questions about HC on the IRC.
As I really like to the idea of BeWelcome I'd like it to have a good IRC channel and online webchat, too.
If you'd like me to help to organize this, let me know. I looked into freenode IRC network and it seems to be the right address for BeWelcome to open an official chat channel.
Cheers and thanks for making this site possible,