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Anna Jen

Portland, OR, USA

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  • 22 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Program manager @ a non-profit
  • B.A. International Business & traveling
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

Hey I'm Anna

I grew up in California, and will always have a special place in my heart for the Golden State. I've traveled internationally since before I could walk, and it has played a huge part in who I am today.

I like to find joy in the little things in life. Sunshine makes me happy. I value authenticity and integrity in people. I love to document life through the lens of a camera. Getting lost in a big city and discovering its hidden gems is one of my favorite things to do. I constantly dream about running off to another continent or somewhere in nature. I like to read and keep up on current events. I get pretty restless sometimes and have a hard time with routine or being in one place for too long. I love to run, play sports with friends, and follow my favorite teams.

I'm really ambitious and passionate about global business, human rights, public health, social entrepreneurship, gender equality, and sustainable development. I dream about having a career where I get to travel and work to make the world a better place.

The two and half years I spent living, working, and traveling around Asia were amazing 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 or meeting up for coffee or a drink.


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


People, sports, music, good coffee and good beer, photography, surfing, 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, Korea, Republic of, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, China, Taiwan, United States

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