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To meet people from around the world, learn a bit about their culture, and share travel experiences. In November 2017 my fiance Akhona and I will begin a great life adventure - we are selling our businesses and our house and embracing the nomadic lifestyle for an undetermined time span. We will travel the world, volunteering our skills with NGO's, charities, and with interesting projects who can offer us a place to stay and a meal in exchange for amazing photography, video's and social media/web expertise...Of course we will also be Couchsurfing in between these jobs, so look out for our couch requests :)
Having travelled extensively myself, I realise how valuable a personal contact in a city can be.I live in the beautiful leafy suburb of Gardens in Cape Town, about three blocks from trendy Long Street, Cape Town's nightlife district. My Italian heritage has blessed me with a passionate, lively nature - nothing I do is done half-heartedly. I am renouned for my cooking skills, and regularly have groups of friends over for large plates of tasty food from all corners of the world. I have in the past produced and directed 10 documentary films - titles include LOVE FOOLS?, CULTURECLASH, CAPE OF RAPE, WHITE WORKING CLASS and "nudecapetown". I was known as a controversial filmmaker on the cutting edge of social documentary production.
Now I am focussed on my other passion - photography, shooting mainly fashion and art. Check out www.derekantonioserra.com to see my work.
I also own Central Castings, the oldest casting agency in South Africa, so life gets pretty hectic on productions during summer.
A new venture of mine is www.classiccamperhire.biz. - I have three classic VW campers from the 70's which I hire out to tourists :)
At present I share my home with my girlfriend Akhona, my cats Sabrina and Sheba and my dog Phoebe .
Life is an adventure to be lived from day to day. I enjoy meeting people from diverse cultures and gaining an insight into their daily lives and philosophies.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been hosting surfers quite frequently in recent years, and really enjoy listening to traveller's tales - being a storyteller of note myself :) I have also surfed when travelling in Mauritius, Reunion, Indonesia and Philippines...
Having hosted over 80 couchsurfers in Cape Town, and having surfed myself in four countries, I can honestly say that I have experienced a positive outcome around 95% of the time. I've learned a lot from listening to the experiences of fellow travellers, and I've tried to share my experience of travelling with others as well. It's been great!
Photography, filmmaking, art, music, travel.
Check out my websites:
- film making
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sunset at Ankor Wat in Cambodia
What I Can Share with Hosts
Lots of travel stories, insight into South African culture and politics, a good meal :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Réunion, South Korea, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Zambia
Countries I’ve Lived In