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Jeri Ekdahl

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 32 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Chinese, French
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Organizer at NationBuilder
  • Master's International Relations- NYU
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Connect. The. Dots!!

ABOUT ME

Please note: I am only offering to host FEMALE couchsurfers or couples -Please do not submit a couch request if you are a solo male traveler, thanks for your understanding :-)

I'm from Colorado but have also lived in Spain, NYC, Kansas City, Montreal, and China (for almost 4 years). I'm now living in North Hollywood and I work at a tech startup company in downtown LA that's focused on giving people the digital tools they need to organize their communities.

I heart jazz, hip hop, house, Beatles, Bob Dylan, and everything in between. I adore people who think, read, talk politics (or not) and I'm a person who doesn't shy away from controversy. Secretly, I love to sing, and in the future I hope to take more boats/ ferries across rivers and lakes in China. Lastly, I prefer trains over planes. Looking forward to meeting you!

PHILOSOPHY

"Be kind- for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - anonymous

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I surf AND host as much as possible -- I love meeting new people and practicing my Spanish, French, English and *broken* Chinese. So feel free to contact me and let's share some stories- why not?

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My first Couchsurfing experience was in Guangzhou, China, and that made me fall in love with China even more - enough said. Couchsurfers are some of the most amazingly kind & interesting people that I have ever met & I'm now on a mission to persuade more of my friends to join the CS movement.

Interests

I am passionate about community building, women's leadership and youth empowerment. From 2010-2012 I volunteered as the co-president of the Nanjing chapter of Wokai (a USA-based microfinance org) and I am crazy about social entrepreneurship. My friends and I started up a new informal volunteer organization called Nanjing Community Outreach in China. If you are interested in volunteering/community service, TEDx, charity, smashing stereotypes, etc let's be friends ^_^

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Madlib, Ella Fitzgerald, Coeur de Pirate, Pistolera, Jay Chou, Dj Shadow, Radiohead, Nina Simone, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Common, India Arie, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Nek, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Basement Jaxx, Jay-Z, Outkast, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., PS22 Chorus, Boyz II Men (yes really), Zap Mama, Les Nubians, Flobots, Fila Brazilia, Camera Obscura, Beirut, anything that makes people want to groove on the dance floor ;-)

White Teeth: Zadie Smith, Crime and Punishment, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Dave Eggers, River Town by Peter Hessler, Love in a Fallen City: Eileen Chang. Finding George Orwell in Burma.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Seen: The Rocky Mountains in Colorado! And, well, maybe Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar.

Done: Participated in Polar Bear Plunge on January 1, 2010 in Brooklyn, New York where I ran into FREEZING cold water of Atlantic Ocean to celebrate new year w/ friends.

Also in 2012, I organized a TEDxYouth event in Nanjing which attracted an audience of mainly Chinese high school students and recent high school graduates. AWESOME

Teach, Learn, Share

Spanish. American culture. Soccer/football. Really poor piano playing skills. Awesome singing skills and epic moments in KTV (karaoke). Storytelling and .... more storytelling. Practicing the lost art of conversation

Countries I've Visited

Canada, El Salvador, France, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

China, Spain, United States

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