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Founded February 2007[1][2]
Area served
Product Hospitality service, intercultural competence, social network
Official languages
41 language versions
Owner BeVolunteer

BeWelcome is a hospitality service. The website,, 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.[4][5] Since it is operated as a non-profit organization, the site has been described as a "less-capitalist alternative" to CouchSurfing, another hospitality service.[6] After Couchsurfing International Inc., which operates, became a for-profit organization in 2011, some members urged others to join BeWelcome.[7]

The software behind the website, the BW-rox platform, is free and open-source software.[8]

How it works[edit]

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.[9]

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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