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  • 65 References 46 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish; learning French, Spanish
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Teacher, Global Citizen and Philanthropist
  • Masters from George Washington Univ and ,Bachelors from U...
  • From Chicago, IL, USA
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About Me


"Life is like riding a bicycle; To keep your balance you must keep moving." -ALBERT EINSTEIN"


For years, I have traveled around the world helping those in need for my foundation ( I raise money in the states to assist local schools, clinics, orphanages & NGOs in the developing world. After living in Brazil for many years, (my favorite country in the world), I am now a middle school social studies teacher at an international school in Alexandria, Egypt. Being a teacher, I enjoy opening people's minds to new worlds. I have been traveling for many years and am happy to finally call someplace home.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Over the past 10 years, during my travels to other countries to help local projects through my non-profit Cause & Affect Foundation, I have been doing a LOT of couchsurfing and love to meet locals this way. I am a VERY respectable guest and great cook so would be happy to share stories, laughs and positive energy.


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Music dominates me. When it's feel good time, nothing can replace some deep progressive house. And though my mom thought I would outgrow it by 25, I am still a hip-hop junkie. Being such a beachboy, I often find myself soothed by reggae and as a true Brazilophile, I am entranced by the smooth sounds of musica brasilera. Can't forget my Chicago roots: blues and soulful house. My travels have exposed me to so many foreign jewels, with everything from Hindu spiritual music, Arabic pop, African gospel and Venezuelan hip-hop.

  • literature
  • festivals
  • cooking
  • yoga
  • traveling
  • music
  • scuba diving
  • teaching
  • house music
  • film
  • reggae
  • hiphop

Music, Movies, and Books

Though my favorite must be "Amadeus" I must give props to European cinema; the French, Spanish and Italians have taken cinema to a higher level.
I am an avid reader, but favorites include Salman Rushdie, Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Herman Hesse.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Exploring Indonesia, I lived with the indigenous Mentawi tribe on a tiny island off the west coast of Sumatra called Siberut. The entire trip felt like I was living in a Discovery TV program. Amazing indeed.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an avid yoga practitioner. Since I learned it from other travelers over the last 11 years, I am happy to share my knowledge with fellow Couchsurfers.

What I Can Share with Hosts

smiles, music, travel advice

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United States

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