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Bea-and-Jan

Bishkek, Chuy Province, Kyrgyzstan

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Overview

  • 71 Positive References
  • Fluent in Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Spanish; learning Creole, French, Nepali, Russian, Slovak
  • 37, Other
  • Member since 2009
  • human rights work
  • law - human rights
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

The world awaits behind the horizon...

ABOUT ME

Jan: After travelling extensively before and during my studies, I made a job of my passion. I have been living and working abroad for many years - right now in Kyrgyzstan (since October 2014), before that in Palestine, Mexico, Nepal, Cambodia, and South America (Chile, Peru).

Bea: All I wanted to do after finishing high school was to work in the human rights field. So I studied law, focused on human rights and took the first opportunity I had to go abroad to work ... West-Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone), Cambodia and Nepal, Kosovo, Mexico, Palestine.

We were very lucky to meet in Austria, just after returning from South-America/West-Africa and have since continued with our passions together!

PHILOSOPHY

Don´t intend to "save the world", rather work on changing your environment - small steps are those that make the difference and many small steps of many others are those that in common will change the world!

Get to know the real thing behind the surface, or at least try it.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Well, hosting and surfing couches as well as participating in groups
:-)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Since ever we have been hosting friends and friends of friends and we ourselves have been surfing couches of friends and friends of friends in the world.

Jan: My first fantastic experience as a surfer of CS was during my trip in Albania, since then we have been hosting and surfing in Kosovo and Mexico, which is all reflected in the references.
Bea: I actually had my first experience as a surfer only in Mexico and it was fantastic!

Interests

Engaging with local people from countries we visit to better understand them and their country. Otherwise: nature, camping, campfire, hiking mountains, biking, diving, but also crazy (rock)-concerts, festivals, exhibitions, parties and - of course (!) - meeting interesting people.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: "Into the Wild", "Baraka", "Children of Heaven", "Amores Perros", "Babel", "21 grams", "The lovely bones", etc. etc. etc.

Books:
Unfortunately I (Jan) am not really reading books, which is a shame, but well. Anyway, lately I read and loved "Perfume"... what a fascinating bizarre story :-> ...
Bea: I, on the contrary, looove to read books and can drive Jan crazy when I spend hours reading instead of getting ready :-)

Music: Oh, depending much on the mood - but the range is from (Alternative) Rock, Reggae, Ska, Lounge-music, Salsa, to classical music.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Jan: Stayed with villagers in their homes in the most remote places of the Himalayas.
Hitchhiked 1800km in Chile in just 2 days.
Realized a dream of a bigger cycle tour by cycling from Geneva to Vienna.
Bea: Saw incredible happiness in people, who had nothing else but 1,5 m² of space on the floor of a tent in refugee camps in Guinea.
The view from Gokyo Ri (Everest region), Nepal, after having climbed up to the pass at over 5600m for maany hours.

Teach, Learn, Share

visited 52 states (23.1%)Create your own visited map of The World

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, Guinea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Spain

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