Ivan Deetlefs

East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  • Fluent in Afrikaans, English; learning French, German, Xhosa
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Mechanical engineering (just graduated)
  • Mechanical engineering degree (stellenbosch)
  • From East London, South Africa
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About Me


I am planning a trans-Africa trip but I also need to make difficult decisions regarding my future at this point in my life.


I enjoy meeting people who share my love for travelling and meeting people from foreign countries. I've just finished my studies and am looking for a job but would love to meet people in the meantime.


If someone feels good about themselves around me then I'm happy. Accept people as they are, not everyone's going to like Cheese. Liebe Alles, that's my attitude towards life. Make solutions that include the majority and always the environment.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I enjoy being able to find and spend time with other people that share my love for exploring and travelling. I enjoy sharing stories, experiences and how our cultures and countries are different.


Rugby (and most other sports), music (try my hand at piano, guitar and played sax for 5yrs), organic farming (especially fruit) and pretty much anything science/engineering related.

Music, Movies, and Books

I like a wide range of music but I generally prefer music of the past where music was real music, especially old school rock like CSNY. I like movies that speak on the human condition or movies that are simply clever, some of my favourite movies are: Forest Gump, The Remains of the Day, Boyhood and Surfs Up. I generally enjoy autobiographies, especially of sports people.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Lived in rural Senegal as a lone stranger for two and a half months.

Teach, Learn, Share

Anyone who asks deeper questions about life. Most travellers are this way inclined however :)

What I Can Share with Hosts

I see couch surfing as a great way to make new friends while travelling, mostly since we have a common interest. I obviously also have all my interesting stories from travelling in Europe and in Africa. I've also done many other things that I can share with my hosts, like how to make a leather laptop bag or a model aeroplane for example. I am a mechanical engineer after all :)

Countries I’ve Visited

France, Germany, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Africa

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