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Caring deeply, loving intensely, joyfully exploring, learning and growing
I am an enthusiastic and highly motivated fourth-year student at Lafayette College, majoring in International Affairs and Economics. My concentrations include development economics and Latin America. I am originally from Brazil.
I have lived and worked in places as varied as New York, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, Tel Aviv and Cairo,
As I gain some valuable work experience, I plan to complete a Master's in Public Policy and International Affairs and pursue a career in economic development, management consulting or finance.
My passion is traveling to places people find it difficult to find on maps and exploring cities where I can barely understand the language. I am multilingual and have traveled extensively throughout South America and Central America, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.
"Human beings need to learn to be each other as guests on this small planet"
Every morning, I remind myself of the amazing value of my life- the only one I will ever have.
I'm one of the 'positive people' who aims to live like every day's my last... because it might be.
I'm socially very liberal. For me, it means being progressive, believing that we shouldn't hold society back with outdated ideas.
My favorite quote is "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host, and I surf! If I'm home my couch is always available! Btw I don't really have a couch ( I live in a suite at my college) but anyone is more than welcome if you bring a sleeping bag/pad!
Of course I'm willing to offer you my bed as well; I really don't mind sleeping on the floor using a sleeping bag :)
I've used Couch Surfing while backpacking in Europe and I had an wonderful experience - from an amazing host in Istanbul to the craziest couple that I've met in my life in Athens, Couch Surfing allowed to meet some pretty cool people around the world! More recently, I also met some of the greatest people in the world in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt through CouchSurfing as I was traveling across the Middle East.
I've also hosted a couple of people! Funny fact - they were both bikers! Hosting was an awesome experience and I hope I will be able to help more people out soon!
I'm currently a fourth-year college student. On top of taking several classes, I keep myself busy getting involved in a bunch of clubs on campus, such as Model United Nations and our Community Service Club. I also love running, so every so often I try to leave campus for an hour or so and go run along the Delaware. I work out every day, which certainly keeps me sane and helps me relax and recharge my batteries.
I love foreign movies, so every now and then I'm watching some movies from places like Denmark or Iran. I also enjoy learning foreign languages, and right now I'm studying both French and German.
Another passion of mine, perhaps the greatest of all, is traveling. I absolutely love the feeling of arriving in a new place and then little by little uncover some mysteries of a new city, a new culture, a new language... A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to backpack through Europe by myself, what turned out to be a life-changing experience. Since then, I've been to over 25 countries and counting :)
I also like going out with friends. In Easton, PA, I love going for a stroll downtown, grabbing a cup of coffee with my friends at a local coffee shop or just enjoying a good read under a tree on campus
Music, Movies, and Books
I love watching movies, some of my favorites are J. Edgar, Inglourious Basterds, Amelie Poulin, City of God, Contra Corriente, A Single Man, Broderskab, The Prophet, 21 grams, Chinatown, Babel, Volver, All about my mother, Bad education, Run Lola Run, The lives of others, the white ribbon, The wave, Good Bye Lenin, the Edukators, Sophiel Scholl, Europa Europa...
Books, too many to list! Last one I read (again): Around the World in 80 days, by Jules Verne. :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Over the past two years, I have managed to travel to over twenty countries on my own savings and on an extremely limited budget, and these trips have changed my fundamental perception of the world. There are a number of experiences that have profoundly impacted me: teaching children and teenagers in some of the most violent slums of Rio de Janeiro about the transformative power of education; building houses to orphans in Haiti; visiting a chaotic Athens in the height of the austerity crisis in Europe; working in some of the poorest villages of Latin America in the mountains of Honduras; and experiencing the extremely tense situation of the Middle East through refugee camps and settlements in Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
All of these experiences have shaped my identity and made me who I am.
They have developed my sensitivity, cultural awareness, creativity and persistence, as well as my innate passion and determination to help others live a life of dignity and freedom, all capable to strive to the their fullest potential.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach some foreign languages! Portuguese or Spanish, as well as some French. I'm also very interested in current affairs, economic development, financial markets and monetary policy - some things that I can certainly teach and learn about!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Palestine, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Israel, Switzerland, United States