Tricia Vannatter

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Portuguese, Swahili, Thai
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Public Health Professional / Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • international education in Europe, USA and field experien...
  • From Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Love others and learn about different people's backgrounds & realities


I'm a third culture 'kid' with a background of growing up in Europe, studying in the US and working in Africa, plus visiting other regions. Happy to meet new traveling folks and hear and tell stories or our various mis/adventures!


Love others; help each other out. Our time here is short; remember what and who is important.
Never stop learning.
Always more dancing.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I love the presence of fun & spontaneous activity in my life as much as I like to have things somewhat organized. My friends call me loyal and zen. I like to be someone you can rely on and I keep pretty level-headed and chill. Still, sometimes I like and need to cut it loose with friends, music, dancing and high-energy kookiness. :-)


I was first exposed to CS while I lived in a rural village in Rwanda through visitors who were referred to me by a friend. They travelled around the world in a year and relied on the kindness and hospitality of strangers through CS. I love this concept and opened up my little home to off-the-beaten-track travelers. I got to welcome a young American teacher working in Somaliland and a German working in Thailand who were backpacking through East Africa. A couple months later he reciprocated by hosting me in Bangkok; an awesome example of how what goes around can come around! Keep passing the peace (and couches!).


Time in nature is a priority for me and I make a point to get outside for a hike, walk or run to refresh my senses.

I care a lot about my professional interests such as in improving maternal, child and newborn health, so whenever I'm involved in that I feel invigorated and purposeful. Besides that, I'm revived by delicious food, garden-growing and of course: DANCING!

Music, Movies, and Books

TV Shows - (the light-hearted musical, dancing and cunning comedies) Glee, Modern Family, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine
Books - Biographies, about humanitarian aid work, Atlas, novels...
Movies - No horror flicks!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Here's one: Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda and seeing the huge Silverback up close - he was SO MASSIVE and I was surprised how nervous it made me!

What I Can Share with Hosts

Tips for international travel and language-learning. Stories of working in international health and humanitarian aid.

Currently I am very nomadic in my work and play life so I don't even have my own place and unfortunately have nowhere to accommodate people. Someday!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, India, Mozambique, Portugal, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

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