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Jakarta Post

In the backpacking world, karma counts

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 25 2010   /  11:03 am

The CouchSurfing Project is an international online not-for-profit organisation that encourages members to open their houses to each other, allowing for low cost backpacking experiences and cultural exchanges.The movement is slowly gaining pace in Indonesia with more than 7,000 members across the country, 2,000 of which are in Jakarta.“Of those [7,000 members], 3,776 offer free accomodation to domestic and international travelers,” said CouchSurfing ambassador Indonesia Nancy Margaretha.The backpacker oriented community opens doors as a way to boost cultural understanding, she said.
As part of efforts to promote the Couch Surfing community and show another aspect of the nation’s capital, the group recently conducted the Jakarta Amazing Race around Central Jakarta, which visited some of the city’s lesser-known locations.Sixty-two tourists, divided into 12 groups, took part in ...