Ben Salatin

Richmond, VA, United States

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  • Providing assistive technology services to US Veterans
  • BS Mechanical Engineering & MS Rehab Engineering
  • From a city in Indonesia & then rural Virginia, USA
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About Me


To take advantage of the opportunities God gives me.


Grew up in Indonesia where my parents were missionaries. My dad was a bush pilot flying into villages in the jungle to bring supplies to the missionaries and such. It was an awesome place to grow up and gave me a hunger to see more of the world. Moved back to a farm in Virginia where I lived for 10 years before moving to Pittsburgh to get a Masters in Rehabilitation Engineering. I've now moved to Richmond where I'm working with US Veterans to provide them with the right assistive technology to live independent lives again.


You're not supposed to die with your potential. A life well lived squeezes out all the potential placed within and does something with it. Erwin McManus

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Over the years, I've hosted surfers from:
USA - 54...........Brazil - 2...........India - 1
France - 6.........Germany - 3..........Canada - 2
Austria - 1........Spain - 1............Israel - 1
Switzerland - 2....Puerto Rico - 1......Russia - 4
China - 2..........Egypt - 1............Slovakia - 2
Australia - 1


AMAZING! Wonderful! Love it! CSers are the coolest people you'll ever meet. I got a great start in Pittsburgh and have begun developing the same community in Richmond and beyond. Everyone I've met and hosted has been great and my life is richer because of them.


Travel, Technology, Photography, Biking, Anything that flies, I love to fly when I get the chance and someday I want my pilot's license. I like being outdoors just taking in the scenery. Sitting on a bench and watching the world pass by sometimes. I love hearing life stories and getting into long discussions that meander all over the place.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: (In no particular order)
Apocalyptica, Kayleigh Leith, Cascada, Tiesto, Bob Marley, Bon Jovi, George Strait, Linkin Park, Nickelback, The Waifs, Nightwish, Within Temptation, The Beatles, Brooks & Dunn, Muse, Garth Brooks, bond, Escala, Vanessa-Mae, Afro Celt Sound System, Blue Man Group, Mannheim Steamroller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the David Mayfield parade ......

Local singer/songwriters I've met and seen live
Joy Ike, Boulevard of the Allies, Brooke Annibale
Washington, DC
Tiffany Thompson, Alex Vans
Peace Project
(working on this one)

The Pianist, Transformers, Resident Evil Series, Sahara, Boondock Saints, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars Movies, Ocean's 11 & 13, Terminator films, Quantum Of Solace, Casino Royale, Batman Begins, Italian Job, The Abyss, Avatar, Batman (new ones), Indiana Jones, Wall-E, Shrek, Monsters Inc, Princess Bride......I like movies :-)

Biographies, Military Thrillers (Patrick Robinson & Tom Clancy), I'm getting back into reading for fun after finishing grad school (any suggestions?)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Became the first Salatin to sign up on CS. And after several years am still the only one.

Got to see the Rafflesia Arnoldii (largest flower in the world) in bloom in the jungle of West Kalimantan (Borneo) near where I grew up.

Had both hip joints and both knee joints replaced with artificial titanium ones allowing me to walk again after 10 years in a wheelchair. Definitely gives you perspective.

Teach, Learn, Share

About the state of rehabilitative services around the world and the best way to improve them,
Sustainable farming with animals (And yes, Joel Salatin is my uncle),
How to drive an electric wheelchair,
How to ride a motorcycle,
How to ski,
How to talk to turkeys,
How to be a good Interstate highway driver in the USA (the principles might apply in other countries to),

Refresh my childhood Indonesian,
Continue learning Spanish,
How to cook a variety of dishes

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Italy, Lithuania, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Indonesia, United States

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