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Jochen Elegeert

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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  • 23 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French, Spanish; learning German
  • 23, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Intern at UNESCO and looking for oth...
  • Master in History / International re...
  • From Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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About Me


Born and raised in 'het Waasland', a region between Ghent and Antwerp. I live in Gent since I`m 18 and started going to university. I've also lived in Spain for one Erasmus year and currently living in Paris to do an internship at UNESCO. In the meanwhile, I keep looking for new and challenging opportunities in the international field

I hate describing myself but from the references I got this: chill, easygoing, laid back person and a good conversationalist (or as of my more skeptical friends might say: likes to talk and discuss a lot. Yet I guarantee I also like to listen very well!)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Because I just LOVE meeting local people while travelling and do stuff you would never do as a regular tourist (for examples, see below).


While hosting, I always like to do things together with guests. If I have the time, I'll try to give you a little tour in the historical center. If not, we can hang out in the evenings and I show you some nice bars, maybe with some of my friends when they're around. Or when being tired, just hang out at my place and have some take away food, beer and good conversation or watch a movie.

While surfing it all depends on what kind of host you are of course. In general I'm very adaptable so no worries. If you want your own space, I'll definitely give it. If you would like to show me around or go out together, that's the best!


Surfed in Croatia, Israel, USA, Amsterdam and Brussels. Hosted in Gent around 15-20 people and convinced a few friends here to join. None of them did regret it. I also went to some meetings in Gent and New York and the amazing CS event in Brussels, July 2013.

Thanks to CS I had some experiences I would never had otherwise: - Getting to know the Middle East conflict from a well informed Israeli perspective - Hitchhiking around the Sea of Galilee, sleeping on the beach and getting my money stolen but comforted afterwards with some good tea by Israeli travelers. - Living in Amsterdam for three weeks when I had to do research there, meeting great backpackers and ending up at a squat party/queer night - Getting to know my own capital and some great people at the CS Summer event in Brussels - Cocktails for 2 dollars at a Havana CS meeting right next to El Capitolio - Going to a Yankees game in NYC - Celebrating my 22nd birthday with strangers at a CS meeting in NYC - Staying in a 27th floor flat in Manhattan (awesome view included) - Seeing sunset in Zadar from the top of my host his building, according to Hitchcock the most beautiful one in the world (and I don't disagree)


Obviously passionated about history , international politics and travelling. One of my main interests is the Middle East, I hope to go live and work there for a certain period in the near future and also travel to more places.

Other than that, I like the student life here in Gent. I used to organise travelling for the history students organisation and still often go to their activities as a member or just hang out in the bar with friends. Also try to be a bit sportive and go to the gym once or twice a week.

Music, Movies & Books

FILMS: Das Leben der Anderen, Goodbye Lenin, Der Undergang, Inglorious Basterds, Motorcycle Diaries, Reservoir dogs, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, L'auberge espagnole, Les pouppées russes, The Hangover, American Pie, American History X, The Godfather, Scarface, American Gangster, De zaak Alzheimer, Loft, Snatch, Fight Club MUSIC: Punk, Rock, Indie, Electro, and anything else actually BOOKS: Since I'm at university, I don't read much anymore and if I do, it is mostly in Dutch. Three international writers I liked a lot are Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Dan Brown and Khaled Hosseini.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Erasmus in Salamanca, Spain. (2011-2012)

Partying in Tel Aviv, floating in the Dead Sea, climbing Masada, hitchhiking around the Sea of Galilee in two days and sleeping on the beach. Oh yeah, backpacking in Israel was great. (September 2012)

Volunteering in Cuba. (August 2013)

Seeing New York! (September 2013)

Participating in Model UNs. Great to simulate multilateral diplomacy, meet people with the same interests and have some crazy parties during the nights.

Backpacking through the Balkans from the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea. (July 2014)

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a lot about history and politics and can show you the best bars and beers in Gent.

I would like to learn some Arabic or Russian as well and get a teachers degree.

Countries I've Visited

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, State of, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, France, Spain

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