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Gilles N Jessica DA SILVA

Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes, France

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  • 9 Positive References
  • Fluent in French; learning English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 32, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • Sports Association / Social worker
  • Master
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


To meet the LOCALS and find good advices about New Zealand


Active, Self-starting, Sporty, Easy-going, Optimistic, Curious, Spontaneous, Hungry of knowledge, militant... we're a bit of that all. And above everything we love to share time and experiences with other people !
We're not heavy partiers as we're a bit old now (forefather voice actived....) but we really like socials.
We're involved in many social and sharing activities (associations for sports, refugees, car pooling, helpX, CS, ...)
We're currently in a professional break & enjoy to be free for a year to discover New Zealand ! Can't wait to arrive !
Jess is former-social worker in jail.
Gilles was director of the French association of volunteer trail builders for Mountain Bike (just as IMBA if you know it).


Live the life you love ! Love the life you live !
Pierre Rabhi for his Earth loving, simplicity and humanism.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


We can share our flat, where we live with to little sympathetic cats.
And we'd love sharing 2, 3 days or more with hosts in a city or a place we don't know !
We try to host as much as we can. CS is just about a spirit of exchange that all of us have to contribute daily, by little actions. Because such slices of freedom have to be saved by acting !
If you receive us, we know how to be respectful and helpful (maybe sometimes too much... ;D )
And moreover we try as much as we can to contribute to website development and to defend and spread the spirit that lives here !


We're pretty new but we've met a lot of couchsurfers in BC, Canada. 99% of amazing experiences. And Good experiences sharing our home too with people from all around the world making us travelling when we're home.


Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling and every sports on Nature !) and above all to share good riding with friends (horse for Jessica and MTB for Gilles).
Gilles is fond of photography and yoga.
We live with music of all kind (don't ask us ! haha).
Every kind of culture : Theater, cinema, opera, dance, literature, etc...
... and have a drink with friends !
A thing we don't like : doing nothing or stay at the same place for a long time ;-)

Music, Movies & Books

We're really curious of everything. So our tastes are really eclectic. Music : electronica, indie, classical, hip hop, dirty dance hits and vintages (Gilles don't agree everytime!) roots reggae aswell...
Cinema : mostly independant works.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The Lunar landscapes in Pag, Croatia, at twilight. Wow !
The beginning of a working day just outside the coach arriving in Mendoza, Argentina, twilight aswell.
Have a drink on the roof of a 58 floor building in New York.
Ride a MTB in Squamish BC, thanks to CS friends, and be surprised by a big black bear, really close to the fire-road we were riding, sitting on his back and eating his little berries !
Surfing just a few kilometers from the house of my forefathers, Portugal.
Biking nice trails just a few meters from my office, Grenoble city...

Teach, Learn, Share

We are nice cookers and particularly in French cooking. Do you want to taste it?
We want to discover New Zealand with the eyes of its inhabitants, open to advices, to visits you can share with us of places you really like...
We have to improve our English (that's one of the major aim of our trip !). And Jess has to really improve her English :D
We are sensitized to the agriculture, work with animals, landscaping and the work for Nature. But now we want to experience it concretely. This travel will be the occasion !

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, France, New Zealand

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