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Anna Jen

Portland, OR, USA

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  • 24 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Program manager @ a non-profit
  • B.A. International Business & traveling
  • From CA, USA
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About Me

Hey I'm Anna

California born and bred. Went to university in WA, lived abroad for a few years in Asia, and now call PDX home. I've traveled internationally since before I could walk, and it has played a huge part in who I am today.

The two and half years I spent living, working, and traveling around Asia were some of the best years of my life so far and I miss it everyday. I've also spent time in Europe and Australia. Next up on the travel agenda is backpacking through Latin America and Eastern Europe.


"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."
― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
― Albert Einstein

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman

“…travel can become a compulsion. It keeps us away from friends and loved ones – even when we’re back. When I’m away, I often yearn for home. When I’m home, I’m listless. I seem no longer to fit. History and literature are filled with characters who see Asia, or Venice, and can never go back to the way they were.”
― Anthony Bourdain

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I'm always up for meeting new people. Whether that's hosting someone, meeting up with someone for a drink, or showing a CSer the amazing city of Portland.


Hosted in China and Oregon.
Surfed/Met up with people in Oregon, China, Japan, Germany, the UK, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden.


people, sports, music, good coffee and good beer, photography, being on the water (surfing, waterskiing, paddleboarding, swimming, etc.), social business, mountains, running, art, investing in people, exploring the world

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
Riding in a taxi in Chengdu, China and having a lengthy heart-to-heart about life with the driver (in Chinese).
Hanging out with Cambodian kids and teaching them how to throw a Frisbee.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Well I've been a teacher for the past two years, so I could probably teach you something about English and/or business. Also, I think I know quite a bit about Chinese language/culture and I'd be happy to share about that as well. I could also teach you how to throw a Frisbee and (almost) anything you want to know about sports.

Learn: I have a list of things I'd like to learn how to do in the near future. How to water-ski, snowboard, play the guitar, and speak another language are at the top of the list. I also love learning about other cultures and countries and people's lives. So please feel free to share! :)

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, China, Taiwan, United States

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