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  • 10 References 6 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, Spanish
  • 29, Other
  • Member since 2011
  • Non-profit Sector (education) and Engineering
  • University of Cape Town (South Africa), College of Charle...
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About Me


Take a break from work to travel, volunteer, and learn!


We met in early 2010 at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Since that fateful day, we've been encouraging and supporting each other in a variety of amazing projects. From teaching, to studying, to planning projects, travelling the world, and generally finding out more from people about what they really need.

Leen Remmelzwaal (Dutch and English):

I come from an Engineering background, having completed my Masters in 2009. Realizing the value of context I took a year out to reflect on the meaning of the term "international political economy"... sorry to day it's still a bit of a blur. But I'm lecturing now at the University of Cape Town, back in familiar territory, but with a twist. I'm trying to teach Engineers that there is more to education than just formulas. So far they seem to like it.

Kristen Thompson (American):

I moved to South Africa in January 2010 and have been busy with everything from teaching, to writing policy, to writing study guides, to coaching debating, that pure academic research has revealed itself as lacking in practical value on the ground. I'm finishing up my Masters in International Relations, and I'm glad I've pushed through, but its onto greener pastures for both of us next year.

We're heading off to India in December 2011, to explore the culture of other developing and emerging economies like South Africa. South Africa has taught us both so much, but the time has come to move on.


Love as much as you can and live every day to the fullest!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We have hosted 2 couchsurfers in Cape Town and look forward to couchsurfing for the first time in India!


We've surfed in India, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. We love the network and community on CouchSurfing and look forward to having a place big enough to host in the future.


We're interested in teaching, learning, and traveling. We love exploring new places and learning from others' rich experiences!

  • culture
  • writing
  • education
  • recipes
  • traveling
  • teaching
  • engineering
  • international relations
  • languages
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Like lots of books, music, and movies..

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Between the two of us, we've been to over 30 countries!

visited 33 states (14.6%)Create your own visited map of The World or website vertaling duits?

visited 6 states (17.1%)Create your own visited map of India or Like this? try: Worldsizer

Teach, Learn, Share

we are happy to share information about our culture, languages (English, Dutch, a bit of Spanish and a bit of French), travel experiences, and favorite recipes.

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