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Couchsurfing hosts in Singapore open their homes to meet people from across the world, while guests get to take in locals' stomping ground

Firefighter Nizar Marican sometimes returns from an overnight shift to find his house cleaned, fridge stocked and freshly cooked food in the kitchen - kind acts done by backpackers who are staying in his home for free.

The bachelor, 38, is a host on Couchsurfing, an international network where locals in each country offer a bed, couch, mattress or sleeping bag to travellers. It is part of the sharing economy, where kindness is the currency.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'Stay with them for free'. Print Edition | Subscribe