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Overview

  • 11 References 6 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Freelance Consultant for Social Entrepreneurs and Impact ...
  • University
  • From Chicago, IL, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Sit quietly you Happy Lucky Idiot

ABOUT ME

I bought a one way ticket and moved to Phnom Penh a few days after I graduated back in 2007. I have spent the past seven years working with a variety of international development organizations, impact investment funds, and social businesses in Southeast Asia. I've lived and worked in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Rwanda, Myanmar and Afghanistan. I am particularly passionate about PEPY Tours, Hagar International, and Joma International, three organizations/social businesses with which I had the privilege to work.

When not working in the social business field or studying, I can often be found with a cup of coffee and map scouting out a new cycling/kayaking/hiking adventure. I've written at length about some of these trips on my blog: http://responsiblenomad.wordpress.com . Feel free to send an email if you are planning a trip anywhere in SE Asia. I have lots of great contacts for tour guides (especially for cycling), hotels, etc.

My wife and I recently relocated to Jakarta - we'll be here for at least the next two years.

PHILOSOPHY

All that you are experiencing now / Will become moods of future joys (Ben Okri)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I hosted a bunch of times in Phnom Penh and Hanoi, and have met with dozens of surfers. Unfortunately we're unable to host at this time, but always eager to share a meal or drink. I have extensive travel experience in mainland SE Asia - very happy to help people plan trips and connect with other CS'ers, hotels, travel agents, fun people.

Interests

Cycling/touring, bouldering, strumming on my guitar/ukulele, hammocks, American football, reading, wandering and getting lost, Buddhism, wine, and cooking

  • cooking
  • wine
  • coffee
  • drinking
  • reading
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • bouldering
  • guitar
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • buddhist
  • rock climbing
  • american football
  • soccer
  • business
  • tourism
  • tours

Music, Movies, and Books

Tons - come see my bookshelf for yourself. Right now I am really into Tom Robbins and Joanna Macy.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Crossed one of the most remote jungles in Asia by bicycle - simply stunning - http://responsiblenomad.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/cycling-across-the-cardamom-mountain-range-in-cambodia-day-1/

Wrapped up a trip right before my departure in Cambodia from Central Vietnam to Phnom Penh via the "Death Highway" along the VN border - http://responsiblenomad.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/cycling-the-death-highway-ratanakiri-to-mondulkiri-in-cambodia/

Teach, Learn, Share

Would love to share my thoughts on international development, social enterprise, and responsible tourism (or how all three interact!).

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Canada, China, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Cambodia, Japan, Rwanda, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam

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