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Actively participating in building a better world
I'm passionate about languages and social justice. I love to travel, meet new people and have deep discussions, in addition to practicing my languages, volunteering, playing tennis, rock climbing, going to museums, and dancing. I have a website about volunteering independently around the world and about global issues called www.indievolunteer.wordpress.com
There is no nation but humanity.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been hosted in Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Barcelona, etc... not to mention everywhere that I've been hosted by people whom I've met who were couch surfers without me knowing! Amazing people and amazing times.
I've hosted twice in Los Angeles and right now I am open to hosting in NYC
I love to meet new people, play tennis & volleyball, dance salsa, go hiking, attend festivals and fairs, read, do yoga, watch foreign movies, and have conversations about everything in life.
- ballet dancing
- womens rights
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Through the Language Glass, White Tiger, The Marriage Plot, Love Poems, La Antropologia de Pobreza, Buenos Dias Tristeza, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Life of Pi, The Aid Trap, Proust was a Neuroscientist, Love in the Time of Cholera, East of Eden, The Gastronomical Me, Mountains beyond Mountains, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Art of Travel, The Great Gatsby, Las Batallas en el Desierto, White Tiger, The Edible Woman
Movies: Carlos, Todo sobre mi madre, Volver, La cité de la peur, The White Ribbon, Up in the Air, El Secreto de sus Ojos, Lust, Caution, Brokeback Mountain, L'auberge espagnole, Le dîner des cons, Eat Drink Man Woman
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I ended up living for the rest of the summer with the girl ahead of me on line for the ballet. I was in an exchange program in Quito, Ecuador, but the organization had done a poor job of matching the other students and me with families. I just went out as much as possible by myself, trying to soak up the life in Quito and practice my Spanish everyday, so I ended up being the only one to find a family on my own. The experience changed my life. Lisette and her family lived in a low-income neighborhood in a house they called the 'dollhouse' because it was so small, yet their affection and generosity amazed me every single day. I had only just turned 17 and was living with strangers who somehow had taken me in when I needed it most, and enabled me to open my heart to new people for the rest of my life.
Teach, Learn, Share
How can you participate in creating a better world?
Observe. Analyze. Serve.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can share stories from travels, lots of debates about gender equality & feminism (my job!), lots of studies (some that I've done, most that I haven't), lots of pictures, delicious recipes from around the world, great parties that I am most likely going to, cups of coffee & cake in charming cafes around the city, long meandering walks filled with talks about life.
Countries I’ve Visited
Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Colombia, Ecuador, France, India, United Kingdom, United States