BeWelcome News

Virtual BeWelcome Café - meet other members online

Written by Profile: duesseldorf (2 weeks ago) last updated by Profile: duesseldorf (2 weeks ago)

Members from Brazil and the US are the first ones hosting the BeWelcome Café!
As it is still not possible to meet up in real life get the feeling of being a real community online.

Check here for days and times:


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Donation goal reached

Written by Profile: thorgal67 (1 month ago)

It is my pleasure to announce that two weeks ago we reached our yearly donation goal of 1,300 euro, and have been receiving further donations since then. Our current total stands at approximately 2,650 euro.

I would like to thank everybody who donated money, time, resources and ideas. Because of the support of our volunteers and members, we are ready to overcome the difficulties in these strange times, and keep on growing

BV Treasurer

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Be communicative - New communication room - not only for new members

Written by Profile: duesseldorf (1 month ago) last updated by Profile: duesseldorf (4 weeks ago)

Who would have thought that BeWelcome would have a huge influx of new members, especially during a time of global worry and sacrifice? 
Thousands of new members joined BeWelcome after the 15th of May, and to all of you we say Hello, Bonjour, Hola, Zdravstvuyte, Nǐn hǎo, Salve, Konnichiwa ..!

For many of you, it may be a difficult choice to move to a new hospitality exchange community. The debatable decision of the biggest platform in hospitality exchange - to add fees for many of its members - is…

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Be maintained

Written by Profile: shevek (1 month ago) last updated by Profile: shevek (1 month ago)

Hi all,

The server was updated and can be used as usual now.

There are a few things worth noting:

  • You can download your data from your profile; please be aware that the result is not machine readable,
  • It is now possible to search for members based on their username,
  • Uploading images to the gallery should be easier now, with the new upload page allowing to upload several images at once,
  • All mail messages you receive from BeWelcome now use the same template engine and should look alike,
  • Several…

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Welcome to CS refugees - Server downtime on Saturday

Written by Profile: wind (1 month ago)

BeWelcome extends a warm welcome to all those from Couchsurfing who have either recently joined, or have re-activated their profile here. Covid is severely restricting travel and hospitality exchange at the moment, but we hope that you will have many successful hospex experiences through this site, once travel safely resumes.

Many aspects of BW are similar to CS. We call references 'comments', but their purpose is the same, and it is just as important to complete your profile. Other things may…

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A Message From BeWelcome

Written by Profile: wind (3 months ago)

Covid-19 (the Coronavirus) has already had a drastic impact in many countries, and our thoughts are with the BeWelcome community and their families in these difficult times.

The outbreak has affected the ability to host or be hosted. Travelling and hosting are not advised - and sometimes not possible - in the affected areas, and the local restrictions can often change at short notice, as circumstances develop. So, if you have made plans that need to be changed or cancelled, please let any hosts…

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New Board of Directors (BoD)

Written by Profile: amnesiac84 (7 months ago)

BeVolunteer - the registered non-profit association behind BeWelcome - has elected for the 15th time the official Board of Directors (BoD).

The BeVolunteer members who are elected to the board of directors are active volunteers, and this year all Board members are also experienced 'boardies' from previous terms. The main duties of the BoD are: keeping a global overview, checking that things go well and solve problems when they occur, and provide a nice working environment beneficial to all…

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Malware Attack on

Written by Profile: amnesiac84 (9 months ago) last updated by Profile: amnesiac84 (9 months ago)

On September 19th we became aware that had become the target of an attack, like many other Linux-based sites, by the malware "Lilu".

In an attempt to extort ransom money, the malware encrypted the site and member data, making it unusable. Our volunteers immediately started the process of restoring as much of the site and data as possible with the help of backups. We also informed members about the problem on Facebook and Twitter, and published an advisory on the site itself as soon…

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The new server is live

Written by Profile: shevek (1 year ago) last updated by Profile: shevek (1 year ago)

Hi everybody,

After years in the making BeWelcome now has a new interface that should be way more mobile friendly than the old one.

There is still a lot to go before this is the way we imagine it but the developers and the Board of Directors of BeVolunteer decided it is time that you get some fresh user experience.

With the new site we also introduced a new feature: Hosting Requests (ah lame :))

If you find bugs or problems when using the new site please report them in the forum thread for this:


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New website coming!

Written by Profile: amnesiac84 (1 year ago)

On Tuesday 23rd from 18:00 CET onward, we'll migrate to a new website!

There will probably be some downtime in the evening of April 23rd and we hope it will not last longer than a few hours. After that, if everything goes according to plan, everyone can use the new website.

Make sure to have other means of communication with your hosts and guests in that time frame and please check your spam folder in the next weeks, since our e-mail traffic could be sent to your spam for some reason.

See you on…

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