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Bill Valente

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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  • 3 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Social Worker
  • long time studying - spanish in the ...
  • From Rhinebeck, NY, USA
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About Me


I am looking to remember how interesting the world is, that there are layers more like a lasagna than an onion, in between the layers are gooey, saucy, wildly different bits and pieces that turn out to be really good to eat.


I am dedicated to new experiences and stretching my mind. I am currently working in community dispute resolution and doing a masters in social work at Adelphi University. I lived and worked in Spanish for about five years before deciding to come back to the States to pursue a career - I had heard that is what people do (hee, hee) - and am thoroughly enjoying delving into social work. I plan to work as a clinical social worker.


I am blown away by the beauty of life and often have the sensation of just beginning to understand, just beginning to see the complexities, amazing ones, of it all. I have a genuine interest in people, seeing and hearing the inner workings - hence the social work career. Talking, reading, thinking about all this profoundly interests me. I believe in the importance of community and that these connections need to be valued and fostered.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I signed up for couchsurfing a while ago and hadn't participated much. I am looking to start traveling more and meet like-minded people who are interested in community building and non-profit pursuits.


Speaking Spanish, reading, walking, going out to dinner, talking, social activism, helping, coffee, tennis, audiobooks, meditating, podcasts, writing, word play, word games, acoustic music (lately)...

Music, Movies & Books

documentaries, autobiographies, the simpsons, wings of desire, crime and punishment, faulkner, historical fiction in spanish, comic books, text books on mental health and social work, Infinite Jest, the economist, ben folds, blue grass, and more

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. From the French border to the west coast of Spain - five weeks and 1000 kilometers. I realized my weaknesses and my strengths (I just realized that is what happened, three years later. Cool.)

Teach, Learn, Share

spanish, social work, transformative mediation, ten-finger typing, tying my shoes in the dark, three card tricks (or maybe two), and a few good jokes

Countries I've Visited

Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Wales

Countries I've Lived In

Spain, United Kingdom, United States

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