BeWelcome was founded and is managed by a team of volunteers from all over the world. Their dream is to create a project that allows everyone to visit a destination through the eyes of local people and to experience the variety of cultures in everyday life - when travelling but also at home.
Other reasons for people to be a member of BeWelcome include:
- to meet interesting, open minded people
- to meet locals and to gain an insider view
- to save money through the offer of free accommodation
- the wish for flexibility and freedom of choice when travelling
- to get contacts, pursue effective networking
- to improve language skills
For more information why members join, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.
Therefore, BeWelcome has implemented several features to help members make informed decisions about who they would like to host, meet or stay with. Additionally, a Safety Team is in place to prevent abuse, to make sure that rules are complied with and to take further steps if they are not.
Read more on our Safety pages.transparency, openness, and democracy. BeWelcome is not in competition with other hospitality networks but sees itself part of a larger hospitality movement, where different organisations may have different priorities.
BeWelcome is run by the organisation BeVolunteer, which is a registered non-profit organisation in France. BeVolunteer is thus the legal organisation behind the BeWelcome project. BeVolunteer is a volunteer-run organisation with yearly elections for the Board of Directors! Board of Directors. It offers the members different possibilities to take part in shaping the organisation. In principle all members of BeWelcome can also become a member of BeVolunteer whose members have voting rights and can also run for the Board of Directors.
The software that is used to run BeWelcome is open source software, or free software. This means everyone is able to have a look at the source code and submit changes. The software is released under a GPL license. BeWelcome is the first non-profit hospitality network based entirely on open source software.
- February 2007: Launch BeWelcome as first non-profit open source hospitality network
- August 2007: 1,000 members
- October 2008: 5,000 members
- July 2009: 7,000 members
- October 2010: 9,700 members
- November 2011: 15,000 members
- May 2012: 20,000 members
- December 2012: 30,000 members
- May 2013: 40,000 members
- October 2013: 50.000 members
- May 2014: 60.000 members
- November 2014: 70.000 members
- June 2015: 80.000 members
- April 2016: 90.000 members and growing!
For up to date statistics please check here.sign up and contact members yourself or to post a message in the forum. We also have a pool of volunteers in different countries who are happy to share their experiences with you. Alternatively, you can also speak to one of the BeVolunteer members or members of the Board of Directors.
For more information please contact us. You can also visit http://www.bewelcome.org/about/feedback, choose media inquiry, send your message and wait for a response from a BeVolunteer/BeWelcome volunteer.