Eli Gerzon

Arlington, MA, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Hebrew (modern), Japanese, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • self-employed landscaper, writer
  • Self-educated, language and history loving, world traveli...
  • From Arlington, MA, USA
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About Me


To understand our wonderful, messy world more and more.


I'm in my late twenties and was born and raised in Boston. But I've done a lot of traveling and living in various countries in Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America, and the Middle East (most recently). I've lead travel tours around the U.S., Mexico, and Japan for teens and adults. But I make living mostly from my landscaping business.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I heard about couchsurfing from a fellow American traveller in South Korea in 2005 but I didn't really use the site until 2010 when I stayed with some great people in the West Bank, Palestine. Then I moved into a new apartment and was excited to host people myself. I've had a great time meeting new and interesting people while sharing some of Boston culture!


I found out about Couch Surfing years ago but didn't start using it until 2011 when I stayed with people around Bethlehem in the West Bank. Then I got my own place near Boston and have been hosting people ever since.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books/Authors: John Steinback, The Princess Bride, Ender's Game, Lord of the Rings, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, James Baldwin

Movies: The Matrix, Big Lebowski, Pom Poko (from Studio Ghibli but not Hayou Miyazaki), Princess Bride, Star Wars, Wedding Crashers

TV: The Wire, Family Guy, The Daily Show, Colbert Report

Music: Mos Def, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Mumford and Sons, Talib Kweli, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, Paul Simon

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One time I was walking down the street and found $10 dollars.

Also, I herded sheep in the mountains in Norway with glaciers within sight. I was in Oaxaca City when protesters took over the city and kicked out the governor and local government in 2006.

Teach, Learn, Share

The past year I've been studying a lot of world history and find the human stories, the causes and effects, and the trends fascinating. Would love to talk and learn about history with Couch Surfers!

I can share some ideas about education very much along the lines of CouchSurfing University: where the world is your school, and everyone is a student and teacher. For over a decade I've been studying, writing, and speaking about self-education, world travel as education, and homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling. Homeschooling is when a child does not attend school full-time but instead becomes educated in various ways. Unschooling is specifically when a young person follows their own interests and doesn't use a curriculum. That's what I did for high school. Thousands of people have been doing this for decades (mostly in the U.S., but it is spreading), so yes, it really does work! I made up the word "worldschooling" because I think it's more descriptive and puts the focus on learning from the world.

The past few years I've lead travel tours to Mexico and Japan for homeschooling/worldschooling teenagers. It's been a really big education for me as well as the teens on my trips! I've learned a lot about working with young people and gained new perspectives on education, travel, authority, and leadership.

Countries I’ve Visited

Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Laos, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, South Korea, Thailand

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Norway, United States

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