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"Hospitality and cultural exchange"
Hospitality network
languages 39 language versions (including German ) (as of November 27, 2012)
operator BeVolunteer
user > 120,000
Registration free
On-line February 2007

BeWelcome is a hosting service and is operated by a non-profit organization . It is one of the four most popular hosting services according to the Argentine daily La Nación and one of the ten largest hosting services on the Internet according to The Guardian . As of May 2017, the website had more than 100,000 members in over 150 countries around the world.


The website was started in February 2007 by volunteers from another hospitality club . The reason for the re-establishment were different views about the legal status of the non-profit status and disagreements regarding the design.

Membership and Features

The core of the offer is the exchange of hospitality. A member can offer a place to sleep at will - this is not mandatory, but of course every registered person is encouraged to do so; a traveler can search for or request accommodation as a guest. In addition to a search on country lists, a map search can also be used. Membership is free and no other chargeable additional services are offered. The site is financed exclusively from donations.

The participants offer free accommodation or support travelers on their way through a service on site. It is the first hosting service to support a thoroughly multilingual environment with multilingual profiles. The software behind the project, the BW-rox platform, is free ( GPL ).


BeWelcome is managed exclusively by volunteers , the work either takes place in groups or on BeVolunteer. This organization behind BeWelcome is a non-profit organization registered in Rennes, France . The users have an active say in the design of the service; accordingly, the user data is well protected.

Hospitality requests

BeWelcome grants trusted teams of scientists access to its anonymized data in order to enable insights for the benefit of humanity. In 2015, an analysis of 97,915 hospitality requests from BeWelcome and 285,444 hospitality requests from Warm Showers found overall regularity - the less time is spent writing a hospitality request, the lower the chance of success. Since both networks are characterized by altruism , communication with little effort, also known as "Copy and Paste Requests", obviously sends the wrong signal.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Vicky Baker, 2008. The Guardian: Going local in Caracas, Venezuela
  2. Paula Soler, 2008. La Nación: Cómo usar la Web para hacer amigos y poder viajar ... free
  3. a b Vicky Baker, 2008. The Guardian: Top 10 hospitality travel sites
  4. BeWelcome statistics ( Memento of the original from May 4, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. BeWelcome country overview
  6. Anja Kühner, Jean-Louis Pagès 2010, (Almost) Free Travel: A Guide through the Hospitality Networks. Heidelberg, abcverlag, 115
  7. History | BeVolunteer. Retrieved October 1, 2017 (American English).
  8. Romuald Bokėj: Apsikeitimas svetingumu (PDF; 1.7 MB) Žalioji Lietuva No. 6 (298) ISSN  1392-7167 . 2008. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 10, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. GitHub: BeWelcome Rox
  10. BeWelcome vs. Couchsurfing: a comparison . Chip , April 7, 2015; Retrieved April 27, 2017
  11. Rustam Tagiev, Dmitry I. Ignatov, Radhakrishnan Delhibabu: Economics of Internet-Based Hospitality Exchange . In: (IEEE / WIC / ACM) International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT)., Pp. 493--498. doi : 10.1109 / WI-IAT.2015.89