Natilee McGruder

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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About Me


Breaking into the non-profit world and traveling on the side


I'm excited by life: I have had many amazing travels and can only hope for many more. I recently achieved my Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from Sydney Uni and before that a Juris doctor in 2010 in Alabama. I am currently living in my hometown of Montgomery, AL and keen to meet up with anyone around the state. I love reggae, hip hop, rock, funk, jazz, blues, and many many many more tipos de musica. Live music in any form is religious. I LOVE to dance any style and truly enjoy learning from others about new artists and genres.I am a fan of good beer/wine...and crap beer/wine. My daddy always told me that I have champagne tastes and beer money!I am currently trying to become a better person inside and out. My favorite issues include poverty, incarceration, natural healing, traditional practices and nutrition.


The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have formally hosted through CS and I have lent my place out to many friends in need over the years so I know how it goes. I have also crashed on many a couch in my day.
visited 16 states (7.11%)Create your own visited map of The World or website vertaling duits?


I've now left Sydney where I hosted some. I hosted much more at my last house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and enjoyed several KICK ass experiences. Sydney was totally different because there are SO many requests and I was doing my dissertation at the time so it got pretty overwhelming. I am trying to become a better CSer in terms of responding to the volume of requests. Back in Montgomery and once I move I will be open for business again :).


musicchildrentravelinglanguageswar on drugs era policy (laws, political rhetoric)prison industrial complexoffender rehabilitationdispute (conflict) resolutionhistoryculturethe Southern UShuman rightswar & peacesocial justiceidentity issuesimmigrationeducation exchangeauthentic mexican foodSOUP (lentil, broccoli, coconut, chicken, beef, etc)guitar solosfunky beats/bassgood food (good for you and good tasting)most green things including cannabisplanting seeds

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Anything hiassen, quinton tarantino: grindhouse, dusk till dawn, jackie brown, pulp fiction; the big lebowski, spike lee joints, lock stock and two smoking barrels, Books: Madeline L’Engle, the economist, the hull houseMusic: MIA, bob marley, manu chau, gondwana, tribe called quest, jamiroquia (I love funk!), aloe blacc, cee-lo/gnarls barkely, outkast, fiona apple!!!!!, no doubt, tribe called quest, strike anywhere, bad brains, fishbone, avette brothers, lynrd skynrd, dead prez, SUBLIME, STS9, metallica...too much!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

the Swiss Alps,
the ocean in various countries (always amazing)
the jungle in Ghana
the great places of the South in the US,
the Great Barrier Reef
the Blue Mountains,
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia


Various open air festivals,

Sound Tribe Sector 9: Two shows in Atlanta Summer 2010 assorted

ROADTRIPS (to the fest in Gainesville, Florida to the beach in Ocean City, MD, to Cali from Alabama, as much as possible to ATL/NOLA, to Fort Walton Beach/Destin/Panama City, to NYC for Halloween wknd),

Thrown a baby shower,

Loved a lot of things/people/songs/organic matter,

Harvest of Hope Fest in St. Augustine, FL

Hemp Fest in Seattle, WA

Living it up in West Africa (Ghana, Togo, Benin),

Staying with Rastas on the beach in Benin near Grand Popo,

Living in funky Newtown in Sydney

Teach, Learn, Share

I can help you with your writing and critical thinking, planning and organization for your personal life, trips etc. I am also an excellent researcher.

Things I want to learn:
1. how to drive a stick
2. (re-learn) acoustic guitar
3. (re-learn) martial arts
4. how to speak any language
5. how to live in the woods
6. how to turn my brown thumb green

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Ghana, Mexico, United States

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