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Chris Shaeffer

Seattle, Washington, United States

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  • 8 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning Chinese, Korean, Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • School & Student Coordinator @ Next ...
  • B.A. in International Affairs; Minor...
  • From Lansdale, PA, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


Bring international students into the United States!


Hey everybody!

As evidenced by my membership on this site, I love travel, language, culture, people! Just like most of you, I think.

I now am gainfully employed with a small exchange program called Next International Cultural Exchange, and it's everything I'd hoped it would be!

We always, ALWAYS need host families, so if you have room in your home for a student, or know someone who does, please get in touch with me!


We're floating on a rock in space. If nothing is important in the grand scheme of things, then the most important thing possible is your own happiness. So as long as you earn your own living and happiness, and don't trespass on the ability of others to live, you're doing just fine!

I gain personal satisfaction out of helping people, and that's the best reason I could ever have to do so.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


In Tokyo, I loved hosting people. Now that I've moved back to the States, however, I suppose we will just have to hang out instead!


Aside from the usual "let my drunken friends stay over after they missed the last train" thing:

My first couchsurfing related experience was a get-together in June for all of us in Tokyo.

So far, I've hosted 9 couchsurfers (not including my friends living in Tokyo already).

.:2009:. -June- Rene and Alessandro from Frankfurt, Germany -July- Anne and Monique from the Netherlands Daniel from Sweden Adrienne and Haik from Toledo, Ohio Einat and Aviad from Tel Aviv, Israel

And that was the last of my Couchsurfing, my internet died rather suddenly, and then I got really busy with school, so I had no chance to participate after that. If you're one of those people I had told could stay over at my apartment, I'm sorry that I had no way of getting in touch with you! And I hope your stay in Japan was a good one.


Languages, Travel, Hiking, Camping, Guitar, Painting, Reading, Climbing trees, Cooking, Baking, a little Boozing, Jogging, a little gaming, and probably anything you could possibly introduce me to.

Music, Movies & Books

Lots, lots. I have pretty eclectic tastes, so I'm sure we'll have something in common.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hmm, I was an exchange student in Ishikawa prefecture for one year at a Japanese high school. That was great.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am VERY into both theoretical and applied linguistics. I teach people Japanese a lot, so if you need help with that, I can definitely teach you a few things!

I enjoy giving my friends massages. Needless to say, if you're staying at my place through this website, we probably hardly know each other, and it might be awkward to do a full massage. But if you've been lugging a big backpack around all day, I'd have no problem giving you a shoulder rub if you asked for it.

I also have some recipes that I've made for cooking and baking. I'm always willing to share!

Countries I've Visited

United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, United States

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