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Clark Levykh

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • part-time causal work in catering, a...
  • can't afford post-secondary educatio...
  • From Born in Surrey BC, lived in Vancouver, leaving to travel
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To explore the world, meet new people, and above all, find lots of community, broaden my horizons, and live life on the edge, I love adventure and pushing myself to the limits!

ABOUT ME

I am looking for great people, strong vibrant communities, a sense of connection, to find out more about the world, different ways of living, and to learn more about myself.

I am a former youth in government care, was homeless in the downtown eastside in Vancouver for 5 years and was also homeless throughout BC, in Calgary and in Winnepeg. To this day, I have no addictions issues, no drugs, no alcohol, no nicotine, no marijuana and no caffeine ever. I am very passionate about social and political justice, specifically the issues of poverty, homelessness, migration and immigration (having been an illegal immigrant in Israel), and the arts and social change.

PHILOSOPHY

That the ones who are the hardest to love are the ones that need it the most, and that knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is doing it. People, passion, health, and community are what matter the most. Places don't mean much unless you have someone to share the experiences with, to fill our lives with people, community, passion, positive energy, and connection. Spontaneity, inclusion, diversity, and creativity are what make great cultures.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Travelling, experiencing new things, experiencing the best that is on offer.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I spent most of 2011 travelling, 18 flights + 9 greyhound trips + 1 carpooling trip, great times. Looking for 2012 to be about community + health + travelling and adventure all around. In 2011: Tried to immigrate to Israel, was denied entry and taken to detention camp where I was physically and psychologically tortured. The treatment was horrific, I was treated as if I was a criminal (I have no criminal record), and they tried to cuff me to a bed and torture me to death. After 4 days in that "transit zone", I was then flown back to Geneva by the Israeli government. The flight path: YVR - MAN - GVA - TLV, total cost: $565CDN). I had the time of my life in Geneve, flew back to Canada, went back to Geneve with no money + no return ticket + no plan, to live in the city where I felt most at home and proudly be a Swiss citizen, but unfortunately, wasn't ready for it. I flew back to Canada, courtesy of the Canadian government, they bought roundtrip tickets. Travelled across Western Canada and to Ottawa, and between almost getting killed by 3 Winnepeg police officers and having a wonderful time in the Okanagan in BC, I had a good time overall.

The Canadian government is holding my passport as collateral for the $2000 they spent on roundtrip tickets (YVR to GVA) and financial assistance in Geneve. That the return part is under my name and able to book before June 4 of this year is good incentive for me to seek options to pay off debt. Best parts: doing British Airways GVA to YVR roundtrip, my time in Geneve, and Kelowna BC in the summertime, just beautiful :), not to mention the women I met in Europe.

2013: I've been traveling throughout BC and plan on going to Europe in late July, for three months. Then the Bahamas, for December and early January of next year.

Interests

Music, philosophy, politics, art and culture, social and political justice, civic and particularly youth engagement.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Peaceful Warrior, Hotel Rwanda, For Your Eyes Only + Casino Royale + Quantum of Solace, The Score, Havana, Notting Hill, Transporter 1+2+3, and K19 the Widowmaker.

Music: EDM (Electronic Dance Music, Trance + Dance), Astor Piazzolla, Cafe Del Mar + Chiilout music, French music, Movie soundtracks. I can listen to nothing but EDM all day long, like for 6 hours non-stop, it's fun.

Books: The Four Hour Workweek and Swiss Watching.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Checking into an international flight at YVR airport without a passport. It was Lufthansa YVR to FRA and FRA to GVA, I got the boarding passes at one of the common use check-in kiosks, got through security (they didn't even ask for ID!), and got to the boarding gate, but was not allowed to get on the plane :( . At least I had a shot at`it, and got to the boarding gate :) . The tickets were the reutrn past of the tickets the Canadian government purchased to get me back to Canada from Geneve.

Teach, Learn, Share

In Geneve, in the shelter that I stayed at I met an Afghan refugee named Ibrahim, whose entire family had been killed because they didn't want to grow opium, and he arrived in Geneva in a shipping container. It takes a lot of courage, strength and resilience to do that, to risk everything for a better life. I know, because I've done it multiple times. I tried to immigrate to Israel last year, with no money, no return ticket and no plan other than to try and become an Israeli citizen (I'm Jewish), all to have a better life than being homeless in Vancouver, with no friends, no supports, and no future. It was worth it to at least try. I am now anti-Israeli. After my attempt at immigration to Israel, I discovered Geneve, the city that I fell in love with, what a feeling of liberation being there, the Swiss culture and quality of life, tres magnifique.

Countries I've Visited

Israel, Switzerland

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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