What is a Couchsurfing Ambassador?
Simply put, Ambassadors are the most active Couchsurfers in their local communities. They are living, breathing examples of our values and their generosity is instrumental in keeping the spirit of Couchsurfing alive. They have demonstrated that they are trustworthy and committed to helping travelers and locals alike. They are truly the backbone of the Couchsurfing community.
What do they do?
What don’t they do! To be an ambassador you have to demonstrate that you are extremely active on Couchsurfing, both on the site and off! Off-site they are hosting (and surfing!), organizing weekly meetings and fun excursions, attending events, joining hangouts and being great examples of what a true Couchsurfer is. On-site you can find them in groups and discussions, offering advice and help to members as needed! You may have gotten a welcome message from an Ambassador when you first joined Couchsurfing as well!
Who are they?
If you go to a weekly meeting or search for the most active hosts in a city, chances are you will find an ambassador (or two!) They are spread all over the world, from Canada to Ethiopia to Philippines to Guyana and many places in between. We try to ensure that there is an Ambassador in every major city and are always looking for new incredible Couchsurfers to join the group.
To meet a few of them, check out our series ‘10 Questions with a Couchsurfing Ambassador.‘ Each week an ambassador shares their Couchsurfing experiences with us and tells us a little bit about themselves. Take a look and get to know the members that keep the our spirit strong!
You can view the full list of ambassadors here. Maybe there’s one in your city!
How do I become an ambassador?
Well, the first and most important thing to do is to be extremely active! When selecting ambassadors, we look at a variety of factors like hosting, surfing, hangouts, and attending or organizing events. We require that potential ambassadors have been an active member for at least a year, have more than 40 references, a strong history of creating and attending events, no safety or commercial violations, and plenty of positive feedback from the community!
We also look for members who are interested in the future of Couchsurfing, and who can share their feedback in constructive, positive ways. Our ambassadors also must abide by our community guidelines and live our core values.
If you want to become an ambassador and fit the criteria listed above, then reach out to your Country Ambassador and let them know you’re interested. They will discuss the program with you and nominate you if they think you’re a good fit. If there is no Country Ambassador listed, we encourage you to contact other ambassadors in your region, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly review your profile and discuss the program with you!