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Overview

  • 29 References 25 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian; learning Spanish
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Emergency Management
  • BA in English with emphasis in secondary teaching + Teach...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be happy no matter what and make a positive impact everywhere I can.

ABOUT ME

I'm just like everybody else who believes in the gift of goodness and is looking for happiness and adventure in their lives. I love people and consider myself to be a pretty open-minded person. I think that everyone is unique and has their own individual story and experiences, which shape their personality. I think that's fascinating.
I am Ukrainian-American. Born in Ukraine and migrated to the US when I was 12. Been here ever since. My life-long dream is to travel the world and make a positive impact on my country. :)

PHILOSOPHY

"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking other people to live as one wishes to live."
-Oscar Wilde

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love to host travelers. I have only surfed once myself, but I'm a dedicated, hospitable, and fun host!

I've visited 29 USA states so far + District of Columbia.

Interests

Books, movies, movie quotes, music, nature, friends, meeting new people, teaching people about poetry, and all around just having a good time.

  • books
  • poetry
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Godfather (all parts), Young Frankenstein, The Jerk, Looper, Magnolia, Se7en, 12, Grease, Garden State, Moulin Rouge, Anchorman, Zoolander, Love Actually, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Saw, Three Amigos, E.T., Little Miss Sunshine, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", Old School, Match Point, Leon, Memento, The Terminal, Super Troopers, Derailed, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, In Bruges, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Stranger Than Fiction, Crash, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List, Unbreakable, Lucky Number Slevin, V for Vendetta, The Quick and the Dead, Dangerous Liaisons, Four Rooms, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Blow, Grandma's Boy, Swordfish, The English Patient, Elizabeth, Thelma & Louise, Mystic River, Along Came Polly, That Thing You Do!, Closer, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Scarface, A Midsummer Night's Dream, First Knight, The Wedding Singer, Bobby, 50 First Dates, 3:10 to Yuma, Secretary, Romeo+Juilet, American Beauty, Pretty Woman, Pulp Fiction, Snatch, A Beautiful Mind, The Devil Wears Prada, Step Brothers, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Interview with a Vampire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Factory Girl, The Pink Panther, Amores Perros, Persepolis, The Sixth Sense, Pan's Labyrinth, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Maverick, The Orphanage, Ratatouille, Julie and Julia, Amelie, Waitress, Reno 911! Miami, Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Atonement, Under the Tuscan Sun, etc. Favorite Books: "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay, "The Irresistable Revolution" by Shane Claiborne, "A New Earth" By Eckhart Tolle, "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling, "God's Debris" by Scott Adams, "A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews.Music: The Black Keys, Lily Allen, Norah Jones, Bitter:Sweet, Spoon, Regina Spektor, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Cat Power, Sublime, M.I.A., Jack Johnson, Kings of Convenience, Bob Marley, Andrea Bocelli, The White Stripes, The National, Neil Young, Death Cab for Cutie, Feist, Menahan Street Band, alt-J, King Charles, Vampire Weekend, Explosions in the Sky, Alexi Murdoch, Rufus Wainwright, Postal Service, Bon Iver, Matt Costa, MGMT, Muse, John Legend, The Scorpions, Gotan Project, Franz Ferdinand, Flight of the Conchords, The Flaming Lips, Delta Spirit, DMB, CeU, Cake, Beatles, and many many more.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of the most amazing things I've done in my lifetime is give myself a graduation trip to Europe. It was a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea with my 2 very good friends. We visited Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Croatia. Probably the most fun I've had in my life. It was awesome!!

Another amazing accomplishment that I can tell you more about when you come to stay in my apartment is the journey that took me to volunteer with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps and do disaster work in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. This 11-month program changed my life drastically. After this experience, I made a huge career switch and moved by myself from California to Washington DC to start a new, exciting career and life.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you some grammar, which I enjoy very much, and would love to teach you about poetry, if you're interested. I guess I can also teach you some Russian phrases. ;)

Countries I’ve Visited

Cayman Islands, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ukraine, United States

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