|Product||Hospitality service, intercultural competence, social network|
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BeWelcome is a hospitality service. The website, bewelcome.org, provides a platform for members to homestay as a guest at someone's home, host travelers, meet other members, or join an event. BeWelcome is an example of the gift economy; there is no monetary exchange between members and there is no expectation by hosts for future rewards.
BeWelcome is operated by BeVolunteer, a nonprofit organization organized as a voluntary association registered in Rennes, France, which is comprised solely of volunteers. Since it is operated as a non-profit organization, the site has been described as a "less-capitalist alternative" to CouchSurfing, another hospitality service. After Couchsurfing International Inc., which operates Couchsurfing.com, became a for-profit organization in 2011, some members urged others to join BeWelcome.
How it works
Registration is free.
Members can contact each other for information about the offered accommodation or to request to stay. The service requires that the exchange be non-commercial.
After the guest completes a stay, the host and guest have the option of leaving references for each other and reviews of their stay, which are posted publicly, providing for an online reputation.
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