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Zachary James

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  • 16 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Korean
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Ultrarunner / Peace Corps
  • Bachelor's Degree in International A...
  • From Detroit, MI
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Run Across America - Raise $15,000 for children in poverty


Hello there! :)

I'm Zachary, 23, from Detroit. Currently I'm planning to run across the United States for a charity called Compassion International, which focuses on poverty reduction, child sponsorship and youth ministry. I'm hoping to raise $15,000 for kids living in poverty :). You can read all about it here: www.compassionrun.org. You can also see my GPS location and donate to my charity :P.

About me.. obviously I like to run :P, and to travel. I've been all over the world. I lived in Korea for a while, and Montreal, and France. I've been to many US states as well. I enjoy reading novels (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, for example) and the Bible (don't hate!). I'm a fairly good cook, or so I've been told. I enjoy drinking beer, but have mostly given it up for the sake of running! I also like hip hop and French jazz. :)

Someday I plan to become the President of the United States, or at least as far as I can get up that ladder. But first, I'll be volunteering with the US Peace Corps in 2015, and following that, I'll go back to graduate school for a degree in Public Policy!


haters gon' hate! No need to impress anyone or people please. ^^ Soli Deo Gloria!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Admittedly I haven't been on CS in about a year, but before that I used it adamantly for travel and hosting. I've hosted about 15 people from all over the globe, and I've stayed with many more! I love meeting people with similar interests who goofy, who like to try something different, and who are unique and memorable :D


People I've encountered through CS: Ethel from Shanghai, CH Vanessa from Daejeon, KOR Ken from Tokyo, JP Chiaki from Tokyo, JP Alison from Daejeon, KOR Christian from France Jessica from France Damien from France Allan from California, USA Anais from France Elias from Hong Kong Erika/Crystal from Hong Kong Mark from Seoul CS hiatus while I finished my undergrad!! Now I'm back for more!!


Running, Cookin', Cleanin', Readin', International politics, News, Studying the Bible and other religions, too many to list

Music, Movies & Books

All movies, even romanitc comedies. Exception: gory movies. If I'd have to pick my personal favorite film, it would have to be Captain America.. the first avenger! He's so awesome. He's my hero! :P

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Climbed 5 mountains in New Mexico; Bicycled 250 km around Jeju Island, KR; experienced true love; came in 50th place out of 300 in a triathlon; survived a week in Tokyo with less than $500; did the Andong Mask Dance!; Was in Korea when Kim Jong Il died, hiked through a spider forest, during a typhoon, in Hong Kong... Hiked 2 weeks in New Mexico.

And now... running across America!

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach English, learn about culture, share memories. ^^

Countries I've Visited

Bahamas, Belize, Canada, France, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Mexico

Countries I've Lived In

Korea, Republic of, United States

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