|Founded||February 2007, 2007|
|Focus(es)||Hospitality exchange, international understanding, networking|
BeWelcome (often abbreviated as BW) is a hospitality exchange service that is run by a non-profit organization. The website was founded in February 2007. As of August 2013, the organisation has more than 50,000 members in more than 150 countries all around the world who offer free accommodation and help during travels. Joining is free and the software behind the site, the BW-rox platform, is free and open-source software.
Members can contact each other for information about the offered accommodation or to request a stay. The service requires that the exchange be non-commercial. Members can also leave feedback on their experiences.
BeWelcome is the result of a project created in October 2006, by dissatisfied volunteers of the Hospitality Club network who founded the official non-profit association BeVolunteer registered in Rennes and "which manages the site BeWelcome".
- BeWelcome statistic
- Gitorious: BeWelcome Rox
- Overview of countries in BeWelcome
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- Mention in The Guardian Travel