Travel House. Canary roots of the first coliving in Wroclaw

Ewelina Wojciechowska and Maks Wołosewicz lead the first coliving – Travel House in Wroclaw. This is unusual place where travelers from all over the world can stay for longer time – a place where you combine rest and remote work in a homely atmosphere.

„We met at doctoral studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun in 2014. Ewelina was then the founder and CEO of the foundation Torun’s Civic Initiative and wrote a dissertation about the watchdogs organizations in Poland. I, a journalist by profession and a Polish Government Scholarship for Young Scientists, I conducted research in Torun at that time. I wrote a scientific work of Polish, Ukraine and Russia political systems” – says Maksym Wołosewicz.

Travel House: with a passion for travel and social work

However, it is not common scientific interests have combined both these people, but a passion for travel and social activities. Both of them had worked in various non-governmental organizations several years before and they participated in many national and international exchanges or socio-political projects. They quickly began to realize joint journeys and projects.

Their favorite destination has always been Europe, above all the Mediterranean countries. They visited together islands such as Malta, Crete and Tenerife, as well as Italy, Portugal, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, San Marino, Hungary and Ukraine. By the way, Maks spent a year and a half in Germany working as a senior specialist for Apple operating systems.

Since 2017 Ewelina and Maks have been working together at the Polish Institute of Civil Cooperation for the development of entrepreneurship and cooperation with the Polish diaspora and Poles abroad. „In August 2018, in cooperation with the Startup Poland foundation, we organized the first business conference in Poland for foreigners. We have gathered over 300 young entrepreneurs from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other eastern countries in the auditorium of the Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa in Wroclaw. Our goal is to support such people in the creation and development of their business in Lower Silesia” – says Maksym Wołosewicz, CEO of the Polish Institute of Civic Cooperation.

Thinking about thousands of remote workers and so-called „digital nomads” coming to Wroclaw, Maks and Ewelina decided to create a comfortable place for them to live and work in the office. The business plan developed for this idea was supported financially by the European Commission.

How the idea for Travel House on the island of Gran Canaria developed

 As part of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program, they spent three months on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas. During their stay, they could see and experience the idea of coliving and coworking, as well as develop their own ideas for something similar to implement in Wroclaw.

There, in the Canary Islands, an idea for a house was born where you can rent rooms and live and work in comfortable conditions for longer periods. They called this House Travel House and each of the rooms adapted to a different style typical of another country. There are also created good conditions for remote work and rest.

That’s why Travel House is an ideal alternative between a hotel and a hostel – here you can feel like in home and you do not have to worry about long-term contracts or deposits. Travel House is run by the Polish Institute for Civic Cooperation.

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