Diederik Gerritsen's Photo

Unverified Profile

  • Payment not verified
  • Phone not verified
  • Government ID not verified
  • Address not verified

Not Accepting Guests

  • 100% response rate
  • Last login 16 days ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Diederik’s full profile. It’s free!


  • 53 References 43 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • I work with rehabilitation of youthful criminals
  • Psychology
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


My mission is to first learn to understand myself and then others better. In this way, aging can be something to look forward to and if we can do this together, I believe we could get rid of a lot of fear and anger and live with more love for ourselves and thus others..


I am Diederik,

There are many things that I could say, but the best thing is to connect in person... But if you are curious: everyone is free to ask :)

Even though all of my profile needs some update, just as my philosophy has indeed undergone some construction, I am happy to say that -after a break- since march 2017 Im again more open to couchsurfers again! And my African wall decoration is indeed still fresh (n refreshing for my eyes)!

So Im inviting everyone, but especially I want to encourage people from less typical couchsurfing countries and cultures (or is that a typical European thing to say? ;) ) just as older and single travellers! As in my idea it would be great if in a way couchsurfing would be a micro society with all ages and cultures blending in some way, as a celebration of differences, where we acknowledge that connection is not a primarily a function of time... . It might be Utopia, but by sharing the idea it is already a possible reality...
I see humans as mirrors of each other, they open up sides in ourselves we are sometimes not aware of. This is why Im on couchsurfing and love hosting people. So if you share this view or have any remarks on it, pleace let me know!


My personal philosophy is still under construction.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host people. And I dont exclude surfing in the future.


I had a number of surfers so far, even though 2 actually werent from couchsurfing. One person I met on the airport who missed his connection. It was great to trust someone and get a great reward! In general my experiences were great, relaxed, having extra housemates, sharing different views. So I guess I like it :-)


My basic needs are the same, my interests can differ from year to year and since I dont feel like updating my couchsurfaccount a lot, I just mention that right now I am very much into meeting new people (and I will give an update if this is no longer the case :) )!

  • meditation
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

I cannot say I have any favorite musician, even less can I do a prediction about what music I will like in the future. Music creates a feeling, and my feelings change over time, just like my ideas about who I am. Yes, I notice some patterns in me, but it all flows, and for me that is a happy thought at the moment of writing :)

I have never been a big reader. I like movies with a surreal atmosphere.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I liked the last time I created a wave in a professional tennis tournament in an at that moment quiet dutch tennis crowd. After the wave, people started to support their countryman much more who was playing at that moment. After that he started to play much better and won the match. He later said that the support of the crowd helped him to win the match. I really like to experience that you can change outcomes if you dont let yourself be led by possible behaviour or possible thoughts of others (in this case the tenniscrowd that potentially doesnt like people screaming for a wave) too much..

Teach, Learn, Share

I dont know who I like to learn from, I guess it depends on what I want to learn which I am not sure about yet, but maybe a good surfer can help me with that.

I am not made to teach, but I love to share my opinion with others!

What I Can Share with Hosts

That probably differs on a daily basis and on the person Im hanging around with, but my idea is to offer a lot of friendliness and I offer to be a good guide if the times right for that and in any case do my part in making this meeting a nice one!

Join Couchsurfing to see Diederik’s full profile. It’s free!