“CouchSurfing seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding.”
As a community, Couchsurfers “strive to do our individual and collective parts to make the world a better place”, and believe that “the surfing of couches is a means to accomplish this goal”. The site goes on to explain that CouchSurfing “isn’t about the furniture”- it’s about finding free accommodation around the world, but more than this, participating in creating a better world.
The site strives to make a better world by “opening our homes, our hearts, and our lives. We open our minds and welcome the knowledge that cultural exchange makes available. We create deep and meaningful connections that cross oceans, continents and cultures.”
CouchSurfer, Ari Charlestein from Italy sums it up nicely: “Travelling shouldn”t just be about seeing a few “hotspots”, learning how to say “please” and “thank you” in the local language, and eating $50 dinners every night at your fancy hotel. In fact, it should be just the opposite! Thanks to couchsurfing, I can now travel around the world and really feel what life in that city/country is like… Experiencing a city from the perspective of a local is an unbeatable experience – One that’s worth way more than a hotel! And the best part? It’s all free!”
CouchSurfing International is a non-profit organisation, and in March, the CouchSurfing community is expected to reach the mark of one million members. So get CouchSurfing, and help make it a better world, one couch at a time. ;)