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I am an ESL Teacher and permaculture agronomist who specializes in developing literacy programs in multicultural contexts. I have developed sustainability and literacy programs with universities, social enterprises, public schools and nonprofits in New York City, Pennsylvania, Ukraine, Virginia, and Ethiopia
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I just spent the last two years launching Ethiopia's first certified organic fruit and vegetable company. I came back to the US for a "dream job" in California but the dream wasn't real. I quit two weeks ago and just got a new job in Queens, teaching permaculture in public schools! I'm very excited about this opportunity but I need to build up some savings before I can afford a place of my own to stay. I haven't lived in New York for many years, so I'm looking to make new friends and build connections. Thank you for welcoming me into your home :)
Singing, yoga, cooking, gardening and writing. I love exchanging ideas with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm a huge fan of podcasts like Radiolab or the Moth. I also love 30 Rock and Parks and Rec.
I love any books by Malcolm Gladwell.
My favorite movies include "Contact" with Jodie Foster and "Lion" with Dev Patel.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I launched Ethiopia's first certified organic fruit and vegetable company. I also launched a program teaching preliterate immigrant teens how to read, write and grow food by designing and installing organic gardens. My work as an educator has been featured in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and MacArthur Foundation documentaries.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Gardening skills, ESL instruction, cooking, Ukrainian folk singing, creative writing.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ethiopia, United States