Joseph Ho

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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  • International Development
  • International Relations, Economics & Anthropology
  • From Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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About Me


See the world, feel the culture, understand the people


Born and raised in Hong Kong, lived in Canada for a good number of years, studied in the States, worked in the Congo, and now back in the US. Detests routines, embraces creativity. Loves meeting people!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Since 2004, I've been surfing (first) and hosting.


Couchsurfed in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Morocco, South Africa, Madagascar, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc...

I've been using Couchsurfing since 2004 (almost since the beginning!) and still love the concept. After I went on a trip completely sustained by Couchsurfing in Mexico, I became convinced that this is the best, best way to travel. You meet the best people, get to know the place best, and always give me a reason to visit again ;)

I do use other ways of traveling - traditional hotels, Airbnb, because I believe each of these sites serves a different purpose. CS is about cultural exchange and when I use it, I want to learn something new! If I just need a roof over my head for any reason, then I won't abuse CS and go for the other options.

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reading, writing, culture, meeting new people, language, arts, outdoors, beaches, swimming, hiking, cooking

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Hours, In the Mood for Love, Amelie, Elephant, Lost in Translation, Crash, Yuan Ling Yu, The Prestige, Constant Gardener, Shooting Dogs, Motorcycle Diaries, Adaptations, Synecdoche New York, Life Aquatic...
Music: Jack Johnson, Philip Glass, Guangliang, Oasis, Suede, Faye Wong, Iron and Wine, Coldplay, Sufjan Stevens, Daft Punk, Stromae...
Books: Mountains Beyond Mountains, A Problem From Hell.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbing Mt. Nyiragongo, active volcano with a lava lake in North Kivu, DR Congo; seeing okapis at Epulu in North Kivu; hiking the Ruwenzori mountains in North Kivu;
Teaching middle school students in Santa Fe;
Machu Picchu;
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia;
Couchsurfing in Mexico;
Living in North Kivu, Eastern Congo

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Macao, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Cameroon, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Hong Kong, United States

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