Chris Watkins

HAMPTON (VIC), Victoria, Australia

Chris Watkins

HAMPTON (VIC), Victoria, Australia

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  • Fluent in English, Indonesian; learning Chinese, Japanese, Javanese, Malay, Spanish, Thai
  • 45, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Following my dreams - working with a non-profit I helped ...
  • Water and sanitation engineering. But real education neve...
  • From Sydney, NSW, Australia
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About Me


Empower the world


My passion is working with people to create sustainable lives and a sustainable world without poverty, through sharing solutions - sustainable technologies, designs and practices.

I'm traveling less these days - basing myself in Melbourne. Which I enjoy.

I recently did a life-coaching course, which was amazing.


Do what you believe in. Grab hold of new experiences. Always learn, do good for others, life is now.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Telling people about the concept of sharing a couch. Accepting couches with love and appreciation :-).
Looking forward to being a host when I can.


While I've had wonderful experiences with CouchSurfers, I've often been uncomfortable with the direction of CouchSurfing the organization. But really, it's all about the people, so I'm still here.

Owing to the new Terms of Use, I'm deleting most of my photos and just leaving some deliberately unclear ones - so you know what I look like, sort of, but CS can't use the image commercially or sell/license it.


Much of my couchsurfing has been outside of the actual CS site. In 2006 I stayed at a friend's place in Sydney - a great experience, he was been really kind, and we had lots of good conversations & meals. In August 2007 I stayed at someone's house in Taipei, when I was there for the Wikimania conference. Great time. Others include: staying with a local family in East Java; having a share house near the middle of Sydney a few years ago, where we had people stay over regularly - I like the open house philosophy. In 2008-9 I stayed with a series of wonderful people in Europe and the Americas and have had other positive experiences since then.


What makes people tick, what makes the world tick. Yoga, swimming. Cooking, making sangria. Always enjoy sharing a vegetarian meal - maybe even cooking one, given a good selection of spices.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Middle-Eastern, German dance-metal, Rachmaninov... not so much into Britney or Kenny G. Natacha Atlas is great.

Genre doesn't matter to me in books & viewing.

A Suitable Boy, the Time Traveler's Wife... anything by Greg Egan. Non-fiction, esp history.

The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption. Recently have become hooked to Battlestar Galactica.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbing a volcano at sunrise, eating breakfast cooked in its side.

Teach, Learn, Share

I've spent more than two years in Indonesia, mixing with locals, speak the language and have experienced the culture.

Appropriate technology, sustainability, cultural issues in development and methods of collaboration are some of my interests. Feel free to ask me.

Countries I’ve Visited

Egypt, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Indonesia

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