Couchers.org

Like Couchsurfing™, but better

Join us as we build the new online platform for couch-surfers

Non‑profit. Community‑focused. Well built.

We are building a new platform that takes all the best features from existing platforms while tackling their main issues. Free for everyone to use forever. Modern, useful, and evolving with the community's needs.

Are you a leader in your community? Have experience in non-profit startups or marketing? Want to offer your technical expertise? We’d love to have you on board our team.

Right now, we're especially looking for marketing specialists, people who regularly organise in their community, frontend and UI/UX engineers, and backend engineers. But if you think you can help in any other capacity, please sign up!

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Our plan: fix the problems with Couchsurfing™

We're sure that you, like all of us, have had great experiences that couldn't have happened without Couchsurfing™. But we all know it's got its issues. For the next generation in couch-surfing apps, we need to fix those issues.

If there's any problems you've found with Couchsurfing™ or any other platforms, we'd love to hear about it so we can try to fix them.

Tell us what you think

The problems with Couchsurfing™

Issue:

Governance

Profit incentives

Couchsurfing™ is explicitly for-profit, prioritizing returns for investors over users and communities.

Neglected communities

The community has been ignored, too many users have been pushed onto the platform, trust between members has been eroded.

Issue:

Design

Safety

Detrimental users threaten users' safety, especially for women. Freeloaders abound.

Reference system

You can't trust people based on references.

Super-host effect

Local communities have been shrinking to just small groups of super-hosts.

Issue:

Technology

The bugs and app issues

There are far too many bugs and problems with the Couchsurfing™ platform. It wasn't good enough as a free service, and it's definitely not good enough now that it's paid.

Our plan to fix these problems

Our plan:

Governance

Non-profit structure

This platform will be run as a non-profit, taking no outside investment. The priorities will be the users and community.

Community-first framework

We will build communities into the foundations of the product, and improve trust through a new verification method.

Our plan:

Design

Member accountability

Users will be accountable for how they treat other members, filtering out creeps and freeloaders.

Improved review system

Overhauled references to reflect more accurately on users.

Better host finding

Healthier communities by spreading out hosting opportunities and no message limits.

Our plan:

Technology

Build it right

Our platform is developer-led. We will build this right, make it scalable, and listen to the community to fix bugs. We want to make something to be proud of.

The team

Our growing team is a mix of couch-surfing software specialists and community organizers who are committed to building this platform for you. Read more about the team.