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Philip Wilson

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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  • 141 Positive References5 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 50, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Cyclist
  • I have a Master of Social Work degre...
  • From I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
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About Me


I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like.


My ancestry is mostly French, with some English, but I have lived most of my life in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), and in Quetzaltenago (Guatemala). In October of 2008, I invested a large portion of my life savings in a 20 by 6.5 meter property that is now La Casa Wilson.

My education is in social work, and I do some of that now. For example, I am on the Board of Directors of entremundos.org, a non-profit that matches organizations with volunteers. But I have other interests as well including sustainable development, urban gardening, bicycling, and whole-foods diets.

My day usually starts at sunrise with a bicycle ride and a green smoothie. (If you don´t know what a green smoothie is, you should.) I am seldom awake past sunset. My lifestyle does not fit very well with those who are primarily interested in staying out late drinking or using drugs and sleeping most of the day. This has been a source of conflict with past guests. If this is your lifestyle, I would prefer that you stay in a hotel or with a different host.


Stay positive. Treat everyone with kindness and expect the same. Don't waste time, effort, or emotion on people I don't respect or who don't respect me.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I host people when I can. I am currently seeking other ways to participate.



2014 August 6-10: Conrad (163) from England and Timothée (164) from France July 4-10: Isa (161) from Belgium and Flavie (162) from France

2013 February 1-4: Sarah (159) and Jacques (160) from Canada January 19-20: Dominic (157) from England and Peter (158) from the United States January 14-17: Alejandra and Yohana (second time) from Guatemala January 7: Francisco (second time) from Guatemala and Sarah (156) from Canada

2012 December 27-29: Secil (154) from Turkey and Jens (155) from Germany December 27-28: Ana Cristina (sixth time) from Guatemala December 21-24: Adya (153) from the United States December 19-20: Kim (fifth time), Rosemary (second time), Adam (151) and Carly (152) from the United States December 16-18: Ana Cristina (fifth time) from Guatemala December 14-18: David (third time) from Guatemala and Marissa (150) from the United States December 5-12: Ritsko (149) from Japan December 3-8: Martin (148) from Serbia November 29 - December 9: Becky (147) from the United States October 20-21: Kim (fourth time) and Rosemary (146) from the United States October 18 - November 3: Estela Norma (145) from Guatemala October 18-19: Carolina Mercedes (second time), Emily Fernanda (second time), and Sandra Roberta (144) from Guatemala October 16-17: Juan (143) from Guatemala October 16-18: Ralph (142) from Hong Kong October 13-16: Andrew (141) from England October 11-13: Nathalie (139) and Thomas (140) from France October 9-11: Ying (138) from Malaysia September 14-16: Lauri (137) from Finland September 14: Vona (136) from the United States September 7-8: Kim (third time) from the United States August 27 - November 3: Ana Cristina (fourth time) from Guatemala September 2: Rebecca (135) from Germany August 27-28 Alejandra (133) and Yohana (134) from Guatemala August 12-15: Ian (132) from England August 8-11: Youn Ah (130) and J (131) from Korea August 4-5: Laura (129) and Kim (second time) from the United States July 26-27: Kim (128) from the United States July 23-25: Alejandro (127) from Mexico July 20-22: Lu (126) from China July 17-20: Kisani (124) and Brian (125) from the United States July 13-16: Kate (123) from Ireland July 7-12: Meghan (122) from the United States July 4-7: Aurélie (120) and Manu (121) from France July 1-10: Hang (second time) from China June 19-25: Jerome (119) from France June 17-26: Hang (118) from China June 5-8: Kurt (117) from England June 4-6: Mark (third time) from Guatemala May 18-19: Ana Cristina (third time) from Guatemala May 11-14: Monika (115) and Robi (116) from Switzerland April 18-20: Julieta (113) and Barbara (114) from Argentina April 7-10: Roch (112) from Canada April 4-7: Alina (110) and Luciano (111) from Guatemala March 30 - April 2: Anne and Robin (second time) from Holland March 23-25: Sabrina (108) and Carlos (109) from Argentina March 19-23: Dion (107) from Belize March 19: Shona (105) and Will (106) from the United States March 16-22: Anne (103) and Robin (104) from Holland February 20-21: Karla (second time) from Guatemala February 16-24: Fiona (102) from England February 14-15: Karla (101) from Guatemala February 13-24: Ricardo (100) from Portugal February 11-16: Jana (99) from Germany February 8-13: Santiago (98) from Mexico February 4-7: Mark (second time) from the Guatemala February 2-6: Inga (97) from Germany January 25-28: Valeria (96) from Italy January 22-28: Robin (95) from Canada January 19-22: Tom (94) from the United States January 14-16: Bill (second time) from the United States January 11-17: Lea (92) and Lily (93) from the United States January 10-12: Bill (91) from the United States January 9 - March 30: Ana Cristina (second time) from Guatemala January 7-8: Amy (90) from Canada

2011 December 22-23: Kieran (89) from Ireland December 8-10: Luisa (88) from Canada December 2-5: Kasey (86) from the United States and Laurent (87) from Switzerland November 28-30: Pauline (85) from France November 23 to December 16: Ana Cristina (84) from Guatemala November 10-11: Colleen (82) and Ray (83) from Canada October 23 to December 16: Carolina Merecedes (80) and Emily Fernanda (81) from Guatemala October 19-22: Annie (79) from Scotland October 18-21: Takahiro (78) from Japan August 3-4: Cliff (fourth time) from the United States July 23 - November 7: Simon (77) from Italy July 23-24: Cliff (third time) from the United States July 18-19: Emmy (74) and Neil (75) from the United States, and Brayan (76) from Guatemala July 13-15: Katharina (71) and Sina (72) from Germany, and Ricardo (73) from Mexico July 11-15: Braden (69) and Marty (70) from the United States June 27-30: Jiyhe (68)from South Korea June 22-25: Rafael (66) and Raquel (67) from Spain June 9-10: Cliff (second time) from the United States May 29 - June 1: Ilse (65) from Austria May 30-31: David (second time) from Guatemala May 28-29: Cliff (64) from the United States May 21-26: Tash (63) from Australia May 17-26: Pascale (62) from Belgium May 18-19: David (61) from Guatemala May 16-17: Sarah (58) and Daniel (59) from the United States, and Fenna (60) from Holland May 6-12: Wanda (56) and Gerrityan (57) from Holland May 4: María (54) and Óscar (55) from Spain April 30 - May 3: Nicole (53) from Canada April 25-28: Davog (52) from Northern Ireland April 15-17: Aldo (51) from South Africa April 4-20: Gihyeon (50) from South Korea April 6-9: Alex (48) from Romania and Jan (49) from Spain March 18-20: Vanessa (46) and Seth (47) from the United States March 13-14: Laerke (second time) from Denmark February 22-25: Derek (45) from the United States February 18-20: Courtney (44) from Australia January 29 - February 1: Iride (42) and Martín (43)from Argentina January 28-29: Takako (41) from Japan January 18-23: Laerke (40) from Denmark January 12-14: Francisco (39) from Guatemala January 10-11: Moon (37) and Didier (38) from Guatemala January 8-10: Heather (34), Claire (35), and Jonathan (36) from the United States January 5-6: Hana (33) from France

2010 December 21-30: Pablo (32) from Argentina December 22-26: Cathi (31) from the United States December 19-23: Mohini (30) from Canada December 16-20: Sarah (29) from Germany November 20-26: Alyssa (27) and Josh (28) from the United States October 16-18: Anne (26) from Germany October 9-11: Quentin (25) from France October 6-8: Kerri (24) from Canada September 6-10: Pascal (23) from Germany September 3-4: Thomas (22) from France August 21-23: Manuela (21) from the United States July 29 - August 2: Mike (20) from Guatemala July 26-29: Mark (19) from Guatemala July 9-10: Jessica (17) and Dave (18) from the United States June 18-20: Brett (16) from the United States June 13-14: Katka (15) from the Czech Republic May 19-21: Lou (14) from Uruguay May 8-10: Sofie (12) and Kim (13) from Belgium April 1-4: Judit (10) from Hungary and Gregor (11) from Germany March 27-28: Patti (second time) from the United States February 8-10: Patti (9) from the United States February 6-8: Milou (8) from Holland February 3-4: Harmony (6) and Andy (7) from the United States January 31 - February 3: Marianne (4) from Ireland and Joeri (5) from Belgium January 21-25: Melissa (3) from Mexico

2009 December 17-18: Nitivia (2) from the United States December 10-14: Louis (1) from Canada

HOSTED BY February 21-25, 2013: Mike and Kili from the United States at their home in Georgetown, Texas, USA June 15-16, 2012: Kim from the United States at her home in San Andres Xecul, Guatemala May 6-7, 2010: Manuel from Guatemala and Jodie from Australia at their home in Guatemala City

TRAVELED WITHNovember 20-26, 2010: Josh and Alyssa from the United States


I am mainly interested in social justice issues, specifically United States foreign policy and immigration policy, education, economic development, Latin American history and politics, Spanish language and Latino culture in general. My mother taught me a bit of French, her native language, but it is difficult to maintain without practice.

Now that I am a homeowner, I have become more interested in earth-friendly building design and urban gardening.

In August of 2012, I began taking woodworking and metalworking classes at a vocational school. I would like to design, build, and sell quality furniture out of the front room of my house.

Music, Movies & Books

My "favorite" books are the ones I am reading right now:


March: "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" by Richard N. Bolles February: "The Way of Zen" by Alan W. Watts January: " "Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right" by Erica Grieder

2014 December: "Austin Insiders' Guide" by Cam Rossie and Hillary Hylton November: "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki. October: "Not Always So" by Shunryu Suzuki September: "The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism" by Jean Smith August: "Mindfulness" by Ellen J. Langer, "The Method of Zen" by Eugen Herrigel July: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard June: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou May: "Planet of the Apes" by Pierre Boulle, "Americans at War" by Stephen E. Ambrose April: "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Antichrist" by Friedrich Nietzsche March: "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair February: "The Thinker's Toolkit" by Morgan D. Jones, "The Historical Buddha" by H.W. Schumann January: "Buddhism in a New Light" by Shin Yatomi,

2013 December: "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck November: "The Captain and the Enemy" by Graham Greene October: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck September: "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck, "The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism" by Jean Smith August: "The Voyage of the Beagle" by Charles Darwin July: "First Things First" by Stephen Covey June: "Deep Economy" by Bill McKibben May: "Buddhist Boot Camp" by Timber Hawkeye, "Rules for Revolutionaries" by Guy Kawasaki April: "The Red Pony" by John Steinbeck, "Religion without Revelation" by Julian Huxley, "The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham March: "Profiles in Courage" by John F. Kennedy February: "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester January: "Bad Land" by Jonathan Raban, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, "A Nietzsche Reader" selected and translated by R. J. Hollingdale

2012 December: "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn November: "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne, "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer, "The Rules" by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, "The Anxiety Disease" by David Sheehan October: "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen, "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller September: "The Accidental Century" by Michael Harrington, "El Metal", by José Antonio Ares August: "The Hungry Cyclist" by Tom Kevill-Davies, "The Starch Solution" by John McDougall, "The Book of Wood Carving" by Charles Marshall Sayers July: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo, "Poor Richard's Almanac" by Benjamin Franklin, "Anybody's Bike Book" by Tom Cuthbertson June: "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, "Antoine Lavoisier" by Sarah Riedman, "Living on Two Wheels" by Dennis Coello May: "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, "Ecotopia" by Ernest Callenbach, "The McDougall Program" by John McDougall April: "The Method of Zen" by Eugene Herrigel, "The Death Ship" by B. Traven, "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins March: "Enduring Cuba" by Zoe Bran, "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman February: "Southern Mail" by Antione de Saint-Exupéry, "The Monk who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma, "The Lazy Man´s Guide to Enlightenment" by Thaddeus Golas January: "Up From Slavery" by Booker T. Washington

2011 December: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, "Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold Climate Cultures" by Sarah Lanier November: "The Flivver King" by Upton Sinclair, "Once There Was a War" by John Steinbeck, "Lando" by Louis L'Amour, "Basics of Buddhism" by Pat Alright October: "The Long Emergency" by James Howard Kunstler, "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, "Green for Life" by Victoria Boutenko September: "The Sleeping Doll", by Jeffery Deaver, "Finders Keepers" by Mark Bowden, "Guns, Germs, and Steel", by Jared Diamond, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "The China Study"·by T. Colin Campbell August: "El Gringo Viejo" by Carlos Fuentes, "Wood", by Harvey Green July: "A Reverence for Wood" by Eric Sloane June: "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London May: "Small is Beautiful" by E.F. Schumacher April: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey March 2: "Men Against the Sea" by Charles Norhoff and James Norman Hall February: "Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brien January: "Good Without God" by Greg M. Epstein

2010 December: "The Tao of Inner Peace" by Diane Dreher November: "Our Kind" by Marvin Harris, "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson October: "Hunger of Memory" by Richard Rodriguez September: "Martin Eden" by Jack London August: "The Discoverers" by Daniel Boorstin July: "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser June: "The Fortune of War" by Patrick O'Brian May: "March to Caobaland" by B. Traven April: "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer March: "The Mystery of B. Traven" by Judy Stone February: "Government" by B. Traven January: "1984" by George Orwell

One Amazing Thing I've Done

From 1983 to 1987, I was a member of East Wind Community, an egalitarian intentional community in the Missouri (USA) Ozarks that is still in existence. I learned a lot there, but I also had other things to learn in life and had to move on.

Teach, Learn, Share

TEACH: On their first day in town, I typically show guests around my house and around town. I am happy to teach them what I know about local culture and language and share any knowledge I have of restaurants, language schools, volunteer opportunities, etc. If people are interested, I can teach a bit of carpentry.

LEARN: I want Casa Wilson to be more self-sufficient and less dependent on municipal utilities, though I doubt I will ever be completely off the grid. I want to build a showplace urban garden, but my skills and experience are limited. I am doing well at recycling non-organic waste and composting organic kitchen waste, but I need help with knowing what to plant and how to do it.

SHARE: I freely share my time when I have it. I share my food if people are considerate enough to replace it. Feel free to copy any music or movies I have. During your stay, feel free to read any books I have. Please do not ask me to sell, lend, or give you any of my books unless you bring another book to trade for it. Good books are hard to find in Guatemala and even harder to replace. I can show you where to buy books here.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Well, nothing really.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Gibraltar, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain

Countries I've Lived In

Guatemala, United States

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