Rick Perera

Atlanta, GA, United States

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  • Fluent in English, French, German, Spanish; learning Japanese, Russian
  • 49, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Writer for an international humanitarian agency
  • Master's in Psychoceramics (Thesis on Cracked Pots)
  • From Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
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About Me


Trying to become a better actor in community theater!


I'm an outgoing, reasonably funny guy who travels a lot for work and play. But I'm also enjoying nesting mode. I love to host, cook, trade travel stories, tell stupid jokes, listen to music, watch offbeat films. I live in a really cool part of Atlanta and enjoy sharing it with visitors.


Hmm... haven't really formulated one, but someone once challenged me to compose a "six-word memoir." My answer was: "I came, I saw... we'll see."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host whenever I can (I wish more international travellers would come this way!) I've been hosted a few times, and have also had several coffee/meal meetings with CSers, which were wonderful.


I've been part of CS for about 5 years and really enjoy it. I've belonged to similar hospitality-exchange organizations in the past: Servas and LGHEI, and learned a lot from both travelling and hosting.


Cities, mountains, cycling, hiking, photography, film, theatre, languages, cooking, reading... Oh, and travel.

Music, Movies, and Books

Non-fiction, history and documentaries because I love learning new things. Wry, witty novelists like Nick Hornby. "New Yorker" addict and news junkie. Movies: Almodovar, Ang Lee, "Office Space," "Harold and Maude," "Casablanca." Mostly like edgy, indie stuff, also a sucker for gay romances and coming-of-age stories ("Maurice," "Beautiful Thing," "Brokeback Mountain.")

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I spent four months in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. It was amazing, certainly not all in positive ways, in the sense that it changed me and opened my eyes in a lot of ways.

Teach, Learn, Share

Lots of insights into developing world issues and humanitarian agencies, since I work for one (sometimes I'm quite critical). Can help you practice French, German, Spanish. If you have kids: I draw cute personalized children's books!

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, France, Germany, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, United States

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