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ANDREA: Hi! I am an English teacher/trainer: passionate about inspiring others, travel, adventure and living life fully! I have done crazy amazing things like take my nephew and niece around the world for 3.5 months when they were 10,11 years old and bike with Alejandro from Vancouver to the south of Mexico. He is still biking, and I am starting exciting new projects that I want to share with you!
1) Intensive Immersion Experience Courses:
Learning English in a small group in nature: relaxing on vacation and full immersion English learning at the same time. I'll be doing these small group intensives this year in Canada (July), Ireland (August with Shanthi from English with a Twist), South Africa (October, with Ronnie from EngVids) and Australia and New Zealand (November). Please check out my website
and share with anyone you know who is thinking about learning English in an English speaking country. It's a much more effective way to learn English than the typical school/homestay combination (as a teacher in those schools for years I know this firsthand) - that's why I am doing it.
2)My other project is to build my own home! It's been my dream for years and I finally bought a tiny piece of land on the coast here in BC and will start building in 2017 I hope!
ALEJANDRO: Alejandro is continuing to bike south. We started together and he is keeping the dream going, as of early May 2016 he is closer to home, in Peru!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I joined couchsurfing years ago, in the early days. I started as a host and have surfed many times over the years as well. I have made many friends through couchsurfing, and love being able to meet new friends all over the world.
hitched a ride in New Zealand - ended up staying 2 nights on the couch of super nice guys who lent me their (unisured!) car to drive around for 3 days!
music (many sorts - playing & listening)
outdoors (camping, kayaking, hiking, etc)
gardening & medicinal herbs
promoting positive alternatives to global problems
creating (have dabbled in photography, pottery, painting, crocheting, mosaic tiling, scrapbooking, etc)
Bike touring, vw beetles, elvis, the Beatles, Ruben blades, documentaries, history
Music, Movies, and Books
music - Nina Simone, Manu Chau, Madeleine Pyreoux, Lhasa, Jorane, The Beatles, Arcade Fire, Sarah Slean, Patty Griffen, Tom Waits, Waifs, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork, Cake, Coldplay, Duke Ellington, CCR, Broken Social Scene, Iron & Wine, Neutral Milk Hotel, oh, all sorts,thats just off the top of my head
books - so many good ones. Naomi Klein, Paolo Coelho, Whitman, Atwood, Krishnamurti,
movies: Some Movies I like: Hero, Amalie, Kill Bill, Jesus Christ Superstar, Unbearable lightness of being, Before Sunset, Paris J'Taime
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
many, but dawn at Angkor Wat was pretty special
Biking from Vancouver on my way to Chile!
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Fiji, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, United States