Joellen Anderson

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

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About Me


To end suffering for as many beings as possible and follow the (personalized) karma yoga path


*I have a low response rate, but I answer every single message I get. That is only because usually there is a longer conversation involved when people request to surf with us and I tend to not use the "yes/no/maybe" format :) *

My name is Jo. I am a dancer, vegan, artist, activist, scientist, teacher, and student.

I co-founded a non-profit dedicated to ending the suffering of animals. We are building a network of people in Delhi to sterilize dogs and create a de-centralized structure of resource and information sharing! Pretty nifty, huh?

We also have a community for animal welfare, stray animal recovery center, and farm below Dharamsala, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Here we can host people who are interested in working in animal welfare, either on one of our projects or on one of their own. We are also looking for volunteers who want to help care for animals, do treatments, and work the farm.

I CAN ONLY HOST VOLUNTEERS! Sorry folks! But it's really not such bad work :D You can check out Badmash Peepal at

Me llaman el desaparecido
que cuando llega ya se ha ido
volando vengo, volando voy
deprisa deprisa a rumbo perdido
cuando me buscan nunca estoy
cuando me encuentran yo no soy
el que está enfrente porque ya
me fui corriendo más allá
Me dicen el desaparecido
fantasma que nunca está
me dicen el desagradecido
pero esa no es la verdad
yo llevo en el cuerpo un dolor
que no me deja respirar
llevo en el cuerpo una condena
que siempre me echa a caminar


"The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous." - Margot Fonteyn

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Quiero vivir la vida aventurera
de los errantes pájaros marinos;
no tener, para ir a otra ribera,
la prosaica visión de los caminos.

Poder volar cuando la tarde muera
entre fugaces lampos ambarinos
y oponer a los raudos torbellinos
el ala fuerte y la mirada fiera.

Huir de todo lo que sea humano;
embriagarme de azul...Ser soberano
de dos inmensidades: mar y cielo,

y cuando sienta el corazón cansado
morir sobre un peñón abandonado
con las alas abiertas para el vuelo

-Julián Marchena


animal welfare, dance (ballet, modern, jazz, african, haitian, cuban, percussive, salsa, merengue), surfing, activism, marine biology, art, nature, djembe, ukulele, peace.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: Ishmael, Walking the Walk, Trust Me I'm Lying, Discovery of India, Story of B, Turtle Feet, many things by H.H.D.L., Lord of the Rings, Where the Red Fern Grows, Heart of Darkness, Animorphs, Through Wolf's Eyes, I am Spock, Pride and Prejudice, Universe in a Nutshell, and more.

Movies/TV: 12 Monkeys, Tambien la Lluvia, Shark Water, Star Wars, Star Trek, M*A*S*H, LOST, Laberintho del Fauno, Whale Rider, Y Tu Mamá Tambien, The Science of Sleep, Apollo 13, Fight Club, V for Vendetta, Doctor Zhivago, Boys Don't Cry, Lord of the Rings, and more...

Music: Janelle Monae, Devin Townsend, Nneka, Frank Sinatra, Paula Fuga, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Agatsumo, Sarah Vaughn, Bill Withers, Yoshida Brothers, Queen, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Madcon, K-OS, Aretha Franklin, Banditos, Men at Work, Seals and Crofts, Aretha Franklin, Blood Sweat and Tears, Alicia Keys, The Mamas and the Papas, The Temptations, Jason Mraz, Lilly Allen, Regina Spektor, Peter Paul and Mary, Coldplay, Juanes, Imogen Heap, Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole, Tryo, Merengue, Salsa...and more

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Swimming with whale sharks in La Paz, Mexico.

Also off the coast of California we were headed out to an island as we passed by two blue whales longer than our boat.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: I can teach you to train a dog, do a jete, cook gallo pinto, make besan laddoos, and english.

Learn: I would like to learn Hindi, any veterinary medical treatments for animals, farming techniques.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can cook a couple different Indian meals, a couple different Costa Rican meals, and I bake some mean desserts if you have the ingredients! I can (and would love to) also play with your dog and walk them!

Countries I’ve Visited

Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, United States

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