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Barak Laub

Monterey, CA, USA

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Overview

  • 120 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Sign Language - American, Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • substitute teacher, film maker
  • University degree
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Finish my Documentary on Voluntourism.

Hello, I'm currently working on a documentary about the effects and externalities both positive and negative on voluntourism. At the moment me and my best friend have a two bedroom apartment just outside of Thamel in Kathmandu, we can host however you would need your own sleeping pad and bag as you would be in the living room. We would prefer to host people who are coming to volunteer or have experience volunteering so we could talk to you about your experience.

ABOUT ME

I just moved back to Maui from NYC after graduating college. I'm an active person who believes our personal decisions define our character, for this reason I'm a vegetarian and try not to buy stuff which is bad for the environment/people producing it.

I'm really interested in sustainable development and psychology, most specifically behavioral economics, besides that I like motorcycles, traveling and adventure of almost all kinds. I'm also really into religion spirituality and philosophy.

I'm in Hawaii to start doing some substitute teaching and possibly working with non-profits, besides that I love sports and go running, biking, play frisbee or catch all the time. So if that's something your into your welcome to join me. I love to go surfing and kayaking and have an extra board or two if that's something your interested in as well.

PHILOSOPHY

It all changes.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I try to use couchsurfing whenever I travel, to meet other people, get coffee or find out great places to go. When I am home I can host people, or at least show them around so they can see all of the great things this area has to offer. I used to host quite a bit when I lived in NY however now I can show people around and teach them how to surf.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've stayed with a bunch of people and Couch Surfing is amazing. I've made best friends, fallen in love, and had some amazing experiences I never could have had otherwise. Couchsurfing is a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anybody.

Interests

Rugby, School, Swimming, Surfing, The ocean, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Waterpolo, Motorcycles. Anything that catches my interest and I'll enjoy.

Music, Movies & Books

I like alot of non fiction and philosophy. Im a pretty avid reader and usually get through a book every week or 2. My musical choices change but I dont like really heavy metal or really pop rap stuff.

I'm a big fan of Kundera, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I enjoyed Tropic of Cancer and am currently taking a class on Romantic Poetry (from the romantic period) I also really love reading religious books such as the Bhadwagita, Buddhist texts.

I'm not huge into film but I enjoy vegging out and watching a movie or a season of something as much as the next guy.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Isn't existing enough?

Teach, Learn, Share

I can surf, not well but i can. Thats pretty much it. I work and go to school and unless you have a great desire to learn video games or how to look cool i dont know what i have to offer. Maybe Philosophy lessons or I could teach you some riddles. I really need a trade though and I love learning cool stuff so im always down to learn. I speak some German and I'm happy to pass on what I know. I'm pretty into religion specifically buddhism and am happy to pass on the knowledge I do have. I could also teach you some really easy guitar songs.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Republic of, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, State of, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, Nepal, United States

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