Jane Kogan

Jersey City, NJ, USA

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  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning French, Spanish
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Social worker, of sorts (Program Services & Advocacy Mana...
  • BA from NYU; MSSW from Columbia
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Gaining perspective and effecting change


Am a New Yorker of sorts (born in Russia, raised in Boston, but the Big Apple has been home for almost 10 years now) When I'm home and not studying, you can find me out and about. I am happiest when I'm going on, coming back from, or planning a trip.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I discovered couch surfing while traveling through Southeast Asia. It is a wonderful idea, so I'd like to make myself available to kindred spirits coming through NYC (especially now that I live in a proper apartment, and not a studio)


There haven't been so many, but they were all memorable.. Cambodia, Vietnam and, most recently, Prague. I am excited about getting into hosting.


Traveling, reading, volunteering, museums, sightseeing, random adventures... I like things that make me look at my world through a new lens. I'm also a sucker for pretty things.

Music, Movies, and Books

My bookshelves are full. I adore Tom Robbins and Haruki Murakami. Last book I read was Little Bee, by Chris Cleave. I don't watch movies as often as I should, and I tend to take on musical selections from the people I'm with at the time.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I happened to be in New Orleans a week before Katrina and went back there to volunteer in January, 2006. It was sad, and humbling, but the stories I heard were just amazing.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have my share of travel stories: Sketchy Southeast Asia hotel stories; Volunteering in New Orleans post-Katrina; Burning Man 2007; Mardi Gras 2007; an insane 8 country in 2 week bonanza in 2003.

I'd love to hear about people's experiences living or traveling in other countries, particularly Asia and Africa.

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