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Available in 41 languages
Headquarters Rennes
Area served Global
Owner BeVolunteer
Products Homestay
Services Hospitality service
Social networking service
Alexa rank 434,626 (10 February 2018)[1]
Users 110,000, of which 11% have logged in within the last 12 months[2]
Launched February 2007; 11 years ago (February 2007)

BeWelcome operates a hospitality service and social networking service. Its website is a platform for members to arrange homestays, offer hospitality, meet other members, and join events. The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging.

Upon creating an account, members set up an online identity, and after leaving comments on their experiences with other members, develop a reputation.[3]

BeWelcome is operated by BeVolunteer, a nonprofit organization organized as a voluntary association registered in Rennes, France, which is composed solely of volunteers. The software behind the website, the BW-rox platform, is free and open-source software.[4]


The website was launched in February 2007.[5][6]

After Couchsurfing International Inc., which operates, became a for-profit corporation in 2011, some members urged others to join BeWelcome.[7]


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