Helene van Iersel

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • I'm a community social worker
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Massey University, NZ
  • From Dargaville, NZ
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About Me


Live, learn, love, laugh.


I'm getting married! to an amazing man called Bernard who I am introducing to couch surfing. He is a crop and sheep farmer near the mouth of the Rakaia river (Cantebury, NZ).

I love to travel and somehow have managed to do some despite never having much money (that might be why actually).

I love the outdoors (hiking, kayaking, caving, horseriding...)and talking to people.

I like to read, and play music and would like to be able to fly.

I'm Catholic and do actually go to church.


To find yourself you have to give yourself away.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


By hosting and surfing.


Excellent experiences meeting couchsurfers. I've met some great people. The only negative experience I've had is receiving no replies to requests. It makes it hard to plan.


Where to begin...
Traveling, reading (all sorts), conversations and people. Other cultures interest me. I love music and the outdoors, gardening, creatrive/arty stuff like drawing, writing, taking photos, making stuff and sewing and.... There´s not enough time for everything! =(

Music, Movies, and Books

I don't watch a lot of movies these days - too busy doing other things.

Music - don´t know much about it but I do like a variety.
a little pop (Jason Mraz, Kolby Callais) , a bit more rock but not too heavy (Matchbox 20, Life house, Chilli Peppers,Queen, U2, Bon Jovi...) Older stuff (Cliff Richard, Abba, Carpenters,Billy Joel, Eagles...)
A little classical (Vivaldi, Bach and other well known composers).

I read all sorts (but don´t like soppy books):

Kite Runner,
WW2 and WW1 novels and biographies.
Fantasy books like JRR Tolkien books and David Eddings;
Classics ie A Tail of 2 Cities, Little Dorrit, Lorna Doone...;
Angela´s Ashes (After I did the tour in Limerick)
Numerous random books from the 2nd hand shop.

Lots of 'Theology of the Body' books - fantastic!
'Spirit of the Liturgy,' 'The Love that Satisfies.'

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I couldn´t decide which one to choose...

The sky on a stary night at home, and from the top of Tokatoka (NZ).
Standing on a cliff by a wild and thunderous ocean (love those waves smashing onto the shore) - ie Great Aussie Bite, the beach at home, de Zee dijk (when no one is around).
The Inca Trail was amazing, and Iguazu falls.
Getting washed up on a cliff edge in the middle of white water.
Mountain Biking in National Park, NZ and on the worlds most dangerous road.
St Peters in Rome - especially seeing a statue of my Saint and namesake (St Helene) by the main altar.
I love I spots with great views.


Teach, Learn, Share

'The opposite of love is not hate, but using.'

When you use someone you are reducing them to the level of an object (like a piece of furniture). People are more than objects and should not be used but, unfortunately, it can be easy to do.(Theology of the body).

Is that too deep?

What I Can Share with Hosts

My culture, my experiences and good company. Stories and hopefully laugh.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand

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