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Overview

  • 6 references 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Italian, Swahili
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Social Worker | Educator | Researcher
  • University of Michigan
  • From Illinois
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About Me

I am a clinical social worker with a vocational background in education and research, insatiably curious about the human journey and YOU! I finished graduate school last month and a season of transition is fully underway; at the moment I am bouncing between the U.S. / Australia / Italy for short-term jobs in the global and experiential education sphere while I look for a community to call home.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I am eager to take the posture of a learner as I share life alongside others. I am deeply moved by the intentionality and possibility for connection within communities that are chosen, and love the way Couchsurfing promotes this + is an alternative to capitalistic ways of relating. My experiences with as a surfer thus far have introduced me to forms of mutual accompaniment and care that have shaken me up / convinced me that this kind of togetherness can bring about transformative change!

Interests

Poetry, religion/theology/interfaith dialogue, research, philosophy, storytelling

Music, Movies, and Books

James Baldwin, Mary Oliver, Rilke, Anne Lamott, Ana Castillo, Wendell Berry, Henri Nouwen,
Barbara Kingsolver, Yi-Fu Tuan

Podcasts: The On Being Project, Othering & Belonging Institute, The Real Question

Teach, Learn, Share

I recently wrapped up a graduate program in clinical social work and psychotherapy, so insights re: mindfulness, strategies for emotional health and wellbeing are still fresh! I love chatting with other surfers about all manner of things, and find I am usually the one coming away with lessons learned!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I view Couchsurfing as an opportunity for mutual exchange, and always want to be mindful of interacting with my host in a way that feels good and is responsive to what is going on for them. With that in mind, I am very adaptable and can shift what I share / how I am in the space to better match the environment I'm a guest in!

Countries I’ve Visited

England, Ireland, Italy, Thailand

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Tanzania

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