Ben-Joop Venter

Tampa, Florida, United States

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  • Employed student working to finance my next trip.
  • Undergraduate Student at University of South Florida (Tampa)
  • From Pretoria, South Africa
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About Me


With nothing but a backpack on my shoulder, I hope to interact and share experiences with people around the world.


I have a curious mind that wants to experience what the world has to offer. I believe something can be learned from anyone you meet, and I would love to test that on a global scale. My youth means I will learn more than I can contribute, but with time I hope others can benefit from my experiences. I am open-minded and fascinated by other cultures.


Justify your existence, and prove your worth.

Somewhere outside Beytüşşebap north of the Iraqi border, my newfound brother and friend agreed all people of the world are brothers, no matter their differences.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am only now beginning to explore Coach Surfing, and hope to become an active and contributing member.


Although I am new to Couch Surfing, my trip to Namibia was made possible by the kindness of strangers who opened their homes to us.

My most recent trip to Turkey introcuded me to many friendly CouchSurfers, and very welcoming hosts!


I'm a very physically active person and enjoy exercise along with healthy dieting. I'd rarely pass up on outdoor recreational activities like kayaking or mountain biking.
When I am not being physically active I am very social. I enjoy being in the company of others and welcome whatever they have to offer, be it the sporadic fun on a college campus or an engaging conversation with someone I can learn from.
I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida as a first year student. Alongside my engineering major I enjoy social studies courses, and love learning about history and culture.

Music, Movies, and Books

Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Beach - Alex Garland
Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

District 9
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Mad Max
I Am Legend
Apocalypse Now

Music: Enjoy all.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Howling at the moon, running around naked on the Namibian Sand dunes during a rare lunar eclipse made the experience that much more liberating.

Mountain biking in the lush green forests of Knysna was an experience that will be difficult to overshadow. The nature of this small town on the coast of the Western Cape in South Africa is representative of the nature I love.

Countries I’ve Visited

Botswana, Hungary, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Africa, United States

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