Would you let a backpacker stay in your home for free? Some Singaporeans happy to do so

There are about 58,000 hosts in Singapore listed on Couchsurfing, an international network where locals in each country offer a bed, couch, mattress or sleeping bag to travellers.
There are about 58,000 hosts in Singapore listed on Couchsurfing, an international network where locals in each country offer a bed, couch, mattress or sleeping bag to travellers.PHOTO: NIZAR MARICAN

SINGAPORE - 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 Tampines 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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