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  • 75 References 59 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Bosnian, French, Italian
  • 67, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Torture and trauma counsellor now retired
  • Masters degree
  • From New Zealand
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About Me


While totally enjoying my own wondeful life striving to make the world a better place for all people


Have had an amazing life,packed with travels and adventures.I have travelled widely since I was 17.Spent the early 70's as a commune dwelling hippy(Wilderland NZ) where my daughter was born at home delivered by friends.Travelled around the world(Asia, Europe ,USA) with my three children when they were small backpacking and camping.Have tried to follow the Bhuddist principle of "right work" doing work that I have felt might help make the world a better place(working with people with disabilities,then as a counsellor, humanitarian worker, development worker and now back to counselling refugees.) All this interspersed with some English teaching.


It's wonderful to be alive and I want that wonder to be there for everyone. Human rights and social justice are very important to me as is striving to find solutions to poverty.I like to live my life with passion.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


By welcoming people into my home and heart.


Absolutely wonderful. We have met so many amazing people through hosting and being hosted. Thank you to all those in the cs community who have enriched our lives.


Enjoying life....People,spending time with friends and family especially my adorable grandchildren,Kayaking, swimming,fishing,walking,dancing,listening to music especially live music, reading. We have an organic vegetable garden.

  • dancing
  • human rights
  • walking
  • gardening
  • reading
  • music
  • live music
  • fishing
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • camping
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

I like almost all sorts of music especially Roma music. I enjoy opera(La Wally is my favourite opera)and theatre.Currently I enjoy reading Australian writers..Robert Dessaix, Helen Garner, Lily Brett,Richard Flannagan but the book I've most enjoyed lately was Tony Hawkes's "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis ".Favourite movie "The Blues Brothers". Never see enough movies.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The most amazing thing I've done is organised holiday camps in Monte Negro for 200 children from Mitrovica Kosovo where I lived for a year.This was an amazing experience as it was fraught with 1000 challenges!
As a woman who was a child in a small New Zealand town I think it's rather amazing that I have worked with Roma people. For many years in NZ I read about Roma so it was the most amazing privilege to work with them.I am a committed advocate of Roma rights.

Teach, Learn, Share

Fishing, organic gardening,nuturing the adventurous spirit.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Kosovo, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom

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