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  • 25 References 19 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chichewa, Chewa, Nyanja
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • International Health Adviser
  • BHSc (Hons) Nursing, MSc Global Health (African Health Po...
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About Me


International Development


Couchsurfing won't let me change my name, so I'll tell you here that my name is David and not Aftiti (an Ivorian nickname). I am now living in London after 3 years in rural Malawi and Bulgaria. I have never lived in a big city before and I am surprised how much I am enjoying it.

I work for an International Development charity and also train healthcare workers for INGOs. Sometimes life can be very busy, but other times I am free to show people around, cook, chat, walk and all the other things I love and like to share. I have to travel a lot for my job so there is a strong chance that when you want to visit, I will not be home :(

Also, I LOVE Roger Federer.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Couchsurfing for me is a community. This means that people are welcome to make any request and then I can decide whether to accept or decline. Some people have very strong ideas of what couchsurfing is, but for me its all about the personal exchanges and every couchsurfing meeting will be determined by those who are organising it.


Reading my references people may think that everyone just writes positive things about their surfers, but honestly I have had amazing people come and stay, and encourage anyone to host!


Cooking (theres nothing I love more than cooking for others), cycling everywhere, reading (I even read while I walk), plants, exercise, walking anywhere and chatting, learning from other cultures. I also love candle light!

  • culture
  • cooking
  • baking
  • exercise
  • walking
  • flowers
  • reading
  • sports
  • gayfriendly
  • queer london

Music, Movies, and Books

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
The Secret History, The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
East of Eden - John Stienbeck
Snow - Orhan Pamuk
Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides
Stoner - John Williams

+Graphic Novels+
Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang - Guy Delisle
Goodbye Chunky Rice, Blankets - Craig Thompson
Acme Novelty Library no. 18 - Chris Ware

The Handmade Loaf, Short & Sweet - Dan Lepard
Plenty - Yotam Ottolenghi

I am love - Guadagnino
Spirited Away, My neighbour Totoro - Miyazaki
Belleville Rendezvous, L'illusionist - Chomet
The Constant Gardener - Meirelles
Alamar - Gonzalez Rubio
Into the Wild - Sean Penn
From Beginning to End - Aluizio Abranches
Weekend - Andrew Haigh

Too hard to write without rambling, but at the moment I am listening to Bon Iver and just listened to Iron and Wine

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Delivering babies, everyone should experience that!

Teach, Learn, Share

Baking bread - I've been doing it since I was a child

What I Can Share with Hosts

Stories and cooking, but mostly I would like to hear and learn all about the culture I am visiting!!!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, United States, Vatican City State, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bulgaria, Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom

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