Tamara Kerzhner

Vugizo, Makamba, Burundi

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  • Fluent in English, Hebrew (modern), Russian; learning Arabic (North Levantine), French, Kinyarwanda
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Social activist (Plus odd jobs...)
  • At Uni
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
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About Me


To make things interesting


I'm currently living in Burundi, in Makamba province, doing a fellowship in community development. I'm living with nine other people, international and Burundian in a village called Rabiro in Vugizo commune.

More generally...I studied geography at uni, I like to read, and I do a lot of activist type stuff - labour rights, anti-occupation, antifa and whatever comes along.

I have very patchy internet access, so best way to get in touch with me is phone or text. My number is 25779489548. Whatsapp is also good if you're outside Burundi (don't ask me why that works better than the CS app or email, but it does) but there my number is 972549732187.


Well, I lean rather left politically, though I try not to be too dogmatic about it. The most important thing is to live day to day by your principles, and treat others in accordance.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing



Have surfed some and have hosted some and overall it's been all good.

Just generally met a lot of people, and have gotten a lot of useful advice and perspectives.

Some good stuff...volunteered in Wadi Rum in Jordan, got so many friendly responses for a last minute couch in Istanbul, had so much good food in Italy (really, whenever I go to any CS thing there ends up being good food. Can't complain. Try to do my bit by cooking.)


Travel (well, rather,) reading, writing, science fiction and fantasy, feminism, labour rights, marxism, urbanism and urban planning, environmentalism, economic development, hitchhiking, dumpster diving...and trying not to be a complete head-in-the-clouds cliche of a hippie with all that as a list of interests. Yeesh.

Music, Movies, and Books

I read a lot. I read mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy, because I like the totality of the conception genre writing allows authors. (Also, spaceships. I like spaceships.)

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4748847-tamara - Goodreads basically tells you way more about me than anything else I can think of.

In non-fiction I mostly read history, whatever might strike my fancy at the time. I'm always interested in Middle Eastern History though.

My musical tastes are fickle and ever changing, but Leonard Cohen and Ehud Banai have remained staples.

I don't watch many movies, to be honest - its one of those things i'm always planning to remedy.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hitched across Scandinavia. (it rained!)
Volunteered in Wadi Rum (It didn't rain)

Teach, Learn, Share

I can knit you a hat, organize you a protest or teach you how to hitchhike and some day i'll finish writing that novel already.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine

Countries I’ve Lived In

Israel, Netherlands, Ukraine

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