Emily Tugwell

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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  • Youth Counselor
  • New York University
  • From Los Angeles, California
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About Me


make connections /// get off the beaten track /// talk to strangers


I just got my undergrad degree from New York University in Cultural Identity (in Latin America) and Creative Expression (an individualized major). I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Specifically in a small town called Sunland that lies next to the foothills at the northeastern edge of the county.

Both my parents are from rural southern England and I have gone back to visit every few years to visit my relatives. I actually just got my British passport last summer!


For me, life is a search for my own personal meaning of happiness, which I think is more important than anything else. I want to experience much as possible, and never forget how each of these experiences changes my perception of myself and the world. To remember the past, be alert during the present, and open to the possibilities that the future holds.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have known about CouchSurfing for a long time, but haven't become actively involved until now. I have been inspired by close friends that have wonderful experiences with the CS community.


I enjoy engaging in different communities through volunteer work - so far this includes working as a student tutor, non-profit theater, LGBT advocacy, working with teenagers living on the streets in Buenos Aires, and adult literacy tutoring. I plan to continue committing time to the advancement of different communities and causes for as long as I can.

I love being in nature as often as possible and can spend entire days hiking. I love visiting national parks and have been to Sequoia, King's Canyon, and Joshua Tree in California as well as Tierra del Fuego, Glaciers National Park, Perito Moreno, Nahuel Huapi, and Iguazú in Argentina.

I love writing non-fiction and also taking my two cameras (digital and analog) with me whenever I can and photographing things that inspire me. Being in the presence of art is a necessity for me because it makes me feel more connected to the rest of the world.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies - Baraka, Into the Wild, Los Secretos en sus Ojos, A Separation, The Trip, Amélie, The Graduate, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Pizza, Birra, Faso

Music - Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut, The Black Keys, Cake, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Lykke Li, Modest Mouse, Muse, Noah and the Whale, Pink Floyd, Queen, Regina Spektor, St. Vincent, The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Books - The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, The Glass Castle, 1984, Down and Out in Paris and London, In Patagonia, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Underdogs, No One Belongs Here More Than You, House of Leaves

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spent spring break by myself in Patagonia, during which I hiked at the end of the earth in Tierra del Fuego, shared mate with bus drivers during a 12 hour bus ride, hiked on the Perito Moreno glacier and basically had a wonderful time.

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to become fluent in Spanish, so I am open to learning from anyone that can help expand my knowledge of the language. Learning to cook different regional/international food would be great. Also, I'm very interested in learning about living sustainably. I'm open to learning anything that someone can teach me! On the other hand, I am open to teaching anyone English or sharing my knowledge of art history and photography.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belize, Chile, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Argentina, United States

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