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  • 13 References 6 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Amharic, French
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • External Affairs Coordinator for Bahir Dar University Col...
  • Chapman University, Orange, CA
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About Me

Hey everyone! My name is Ashley. I'm from the States but am currently living in Ethiopia. I've been here for about two years working in the health sector. Come visit! There are so many beautiful and fun things here.

Personally...I guess I'm pretty low key, laid back and quiet sometimes, but very happy. I like to travel and be outside, need the sunshine, and love love love to meet new people.


"We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are."

I don't know if I have a personal philosophy. I am so lucky, because I meet so many wonderful people and have such a full, amazing life. I just like to run around the world and be open to anything, while learning as much as I can.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Kenya June '12 - great experience, and made one of the favorite friends I've ever had. :)

Japan December '12 - I only stayed a few days with CS hosts, but the two I got to see were GREAT, and I can't wait to go back to that country.

Egypt June '13 and January '14 - both amazing trips, thanks to Amgad! Also met and stayed with a few other amazing hosts in Cairo and Alexandria. Definitely going back to see way more of that city and be with the people. Best CS experience yet!

Uganda June '13 - Kampala is THE coolest city, and I had such a great time with Marvin. Thanks for hosting me!

Tanzania January '14


I love to meet new people, especially by accident or chance. I love to read, take photographs, and have big discussions with friends. I spend as much time as I can moving around and seeing new things. I love museums, parks, lakes, book stores, downtown areas in general, and driving anywhere. I'm usually up for anything, including doing very little, and in that way my life is both full of adventures and very, very relaxed.

  • culture
  • books
  • music festivals
  • running
  • traveling
  • music
  • hiking
  • parks
  • lakes
  • learning languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Generally, I dig anything released before 1979, classical, reggae, 90's rock, modern indie-folk stuff, lyrically sound rap music, soul, blues, and the list goes on.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Almost Famous
V for Vendetta
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
I also love musicals, in the theatre and the film versions.

Development as Freedom - Amartya Sen
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
An Island is a World - Sam Selvon

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've managed to see the sunrise most everywhere I've been - it's one of those things that makes me feel extremely important and very tiny at the same time.

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn everything! About people and culture, and individuality. I am interested in what makes people specific, and different, as well as what unites us. I am practicing patience and humility. These you always learn from experiencing others.

Also language, music, the art of dialogue.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ethiopia, South Africa, United States

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