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i'm an adventurer and want to continue that adventure. i'm a totally easy going person but always pitch in. i'm extremely open-minded and a nudist at heart. If i can get away with it, i want to do it naked. it's about freedom and expression.
life is made to be lived, we can do it in the comfort of our own bed or on a couch meant to be shared. i hope that my ideas about things and people will constantly be challenged and I in turn will grow.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
i'm up for anything... i'll try anything twice, they may have messed up the first time. I've traveled a lot and want to share that with people and want to provide that experience for people!
when i travel: i love to experience life the way you live. i want to experience your city, your culture, your customs, your unique point of view. i want to eat the food you eat, see the places you love most, and listen to the music you listen to. i want to sleep how you sleep and share your world. this is how i love to experience travel.
when i host: i want to share my way of living with those i host. i'm a carefree person, naturist, and gay. i'm very outspoken and love a great debate. sometimes just for the sake of intellectual stimulation. i love food and want to share my favorite restaurants and meals with those i host. I love a well-made drink and enjoy sharing great cocktails with my guests or a hearty beer. i welcome people of all backgrounds, cultures, linguistic experience, religion, and sexual identities as long as you're as open to a great experience i'm open to explore with you.
everything! literally, I want to try it all. though i'm most inspired by the arts: performance and visual.
Music, Movies, and Books
i haven't met a book or movie that didn't expand my appreciation for humanity. stories are incredible things.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Walking through a rain forest in west africa, walking the great wall of china, staring up at the sky in montana.
Teach, Learn, Share
I believe that our most supreme responsibility is to create opportunities for young people to live out their fantasies, dreams, and wildest ambitions. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago teaches that through play young people are able to connect with parts of their creativity and intellect in a way that no other activity allows. I believe that active learning is the optimal environment for any student but it must be tailored to their needs. I believe that education is not a one-size-fits-all formula, but rather, a constantly evolving experience as unique as the individuals who can be forever shaped for the good.
I believe that learning should happen organically and that the most effective lessons are the ones you learn when you don't even realize you're being taught. I believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit and a habit that begins in our formative years. We are inspired by those that are around us, who motivate us to work hard, to become something greater than we are today. I believe that education is the greatest equalizing tool that awakens giants and emboldens them to take charge of their destiny and change the world. If my students feel empowered and inspired then I have succeeded. If they have been challenged enough to see their own capacity for growth, I have succeeded.
I have worked in schools from Abidjan and Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire, to the tough banlieu of Paris, France. My classroom was filled with young men and women from all over the globe and from nearly every socio-economic class imaginable. These students had to fight to survive. I grew up in the rough gang schools of outside of LA. and experienced first-hand the difficulties of being a minority, being bullied, and being different. Education is inevitably about more than just books and tests. It’s about breaking down the barriers and helping that young person find their passion.
Education is my passion. Helping people achieve their dreams is what truly animates me. Working closely with Sir Ken Robinson I learned that passion is what activates real learning and ignites a life of imaginative beginnings and happy endings. I believe life is a school and every moment a privilege to share our vision of the future with those around us. I believe that young people are our future. I believe that it is our calling and our responsibility to help them make this a better place.
What I Can Share with Hosts
i want to share my way of living with those i host. i'm a carefree person, naturist, and gay. i'm very outspoken and love a great debate. sometimes just for the sake of intellectual stimulation, it's never personal it's how i expand my understanding of the world. i love food and want to share my favorite restaurants and meals with those i host. I love a well-made drink and enjoy sharing great cocktails with my guests or a hearty beer. i welcome people of all backgrounds, cultures, linguistic experience, religion, and sexual identities as long as you're as open to a great experience i'm open to explore with you.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, England, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Côte d'Ivoire, France, United States