David Summers

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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  • English teacher
  • American Lit and Education/ Boston University
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About Me




What I once thought was a one time thing, has happened again. I'm living abroad teaching English. This time at High School No. 8 in Hefei, China. As has been the case in the past, I have arrived (and am still conspicuously) without native language skills or any sense of how to get around. So, as has also been the case in the past, I'm turning to the CS community to see if there are any locals willing to show off their home or fellow expats eager to explore a foreign land together.


I echo Beckett, "try again; fail again; fail better." It's like Camus' Sisyphus; it's conscious struggle. No hope. Only action.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I move around so that my perceptions are constantly confronted and challenged not only by the places I visit but also by the people who call those places home.


I've benefited so tremendously from this site that I almost feel guilty about it.

I've surfed, met up for drinks, corresponded via email-- and always been spoiled by the connections I've made.


Perhaps my greatest passion is poetry. Studying it. Discussing it. Writing it. And while traveling, I try to find it however I can.

Along with that, I typically try to find good food, live music, wide valleys, narrow streets, mountains, museums, and the sea at sunrise.

Music, Movies, and Books

I have fairly diverse tastes and I'm always keen to file share. Accumulating music from friends all over the planet is my version of collecting postcards or souvenir shot glasses.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The genuine love and affection shown to me by strangers continues to, and I suspect will always, amaze me.

Teach, Learn, Share

As a teacher I aspire to be an even better student. To identify a 'kind' of person I enjoy learning from is a limitation I choose not to impose upon myself. It's not a romantic delusion, but rather an experiential fact that everyone has something to share. I honestly welcome all of it.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Italy, Jordan, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Qatar, Spain, Swaziland, Viet Nam, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United States

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