The Couchsurfing Project.
In Episode #8 Lainie & Miro talk about their experiences with the global project known as Couchsurfing.com As longtime Couchsurfers & hosts, they have made many significant friendships through the project, experienced a global community, and provided & received the economic benefits associated with Couchsurfing during travel. Also in this episode, Lainie interviews Tom, Couchsurfing Ambassador from Bonn Germany about his role in the project.
“In a world of war and prejudice, Couchsurfing encourages tolerance and understanding.”
“In a world of greed and avarice, Couchsurfing stands for sharing.”
“In a world of selfishness and individualism, Couchsurfing advocates generosity.”
~Abilio M Godoy (Brazil)
Ever thought about Couchsurfing? Wondered what all the fuss was about? Interested in surfing someone’s couch on your next trip?
In Episode#8, Lainie and Miro share insights into the Couchsurfing mission, provide real world tips to make all Couchsurfing experiences positive, and addresses safety issues surrounding “sleeping with strangers”. Lastly, both Lainie, Miro and Tom, share real-world stories from the couch-a-sphere, including the good, the bad and the ugly.
If you haven’t already tried it, sign up at Couchsurfing.org and connect with Lainie and Miro there.
Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time.
What is Couchsurfing?
It’s a community of people, not to be confused with simply a , free accommodation. It is true that one of the many benefits of Couchsurfing is that it can make your travels more affordable, however the most meaningful benefit is the connection you make with other Couchsurfers.
Miro and Lainie share some of their stories and experiences surrounding the Couchsurfing project. They address the human and cultural cultural exchanges made that make this world a better place to live in. The Couchsurfing project helps to raise the collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate greater cultural understandings. All that, by opening up one’s personal spaces, hosting & being hosted and sharing what it means to be a global citizen.
Lainie and Miro have been involved in Couchsurfing since 2007, when they hosted their first guest in their Los Angles loft. They continued to host many people over the year before they left the country, somewhere around 30 guests over that period of time. After that, the two Couchsurfed in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, until finally settling in Antigua, Guatemala for 6 months where they became one of the only couchs available and ended up hosting well over 50 travelers during that period of time.
Next, Lainie interviews, Tom Asten,a long-time Couchsurfer, Ambassador to Bonn, Germany & Couchsurfing evangelist. Tom shares some of his experiences hosting & on the road.
Listen to Tom as he shares some of his experiences hosting and being hosted. He also addresses some of the other ways he participates in the Couchsurfing Project as an Ambassador. Last, Tom shares a couple humorous horror stories, “tales of a few naughty couchsurfers”.
At CouchSurfing International, we envision a world where everyone can explore and create meaningful connections with the people and places they encounter. Building meaningful connections across cultures enables us to respond to diversity with curiosity, appreciation and respect. The appreciation of diversity spreads tolerance and creates a global community.
References from the Podcast
Surfing the World Wide Couch
By PENELOPE GREEN – September 20, 2007
CouchSurfing: Tips for a Smooth Experience
- Mention of Couchsurfer Christopher who is walking from Los Angeles to Brazil, meditating on prayers. His web site is here.
- To connect with Laine and Miro through Couchsurfing, their profile can be found here.
Raising Miro on the Road of Life Podcast Episode #1 featuring Couchsurfer Roxanne
Podcast Episode #3 – Gay, Lesbian, Trans-Gender in Guatemala featuring Couchsurfers Cassandra and Katja
Podcast Episode #4 – Bicycling Across the Globe- 2 Amazing Stories featuring Couchsurfer Hanna
Podcast Episode #5 – Community, Sustainability & Alternate Forms of Energy Exchange featuring Couchsurfer David + discussion on Couchsurfing as a sustainable community model
Podcast Episode #6 – Modern Day Nomads, Nomadic People and a World of Travelers featuring Couchsurfer and Nomadic Ambassador Joe
Podcast Episode #7 – The Art and Zen of Motorcycle Guidance featuring Couchsurfer Chris
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Excellent podcast! I can’t wait to hit up the Couchsurfers once I hit the road in a few months. Lovely getting to see your blog, too! 🙂
Thank you so much Kate! Loved your article too on CouchSurfing! I look forward to following your adventures as well!nnhttp://www.adventurouskate.com/how-to-couchsurf-without-couchsurfing/
I just wanted to say that something about hearing Miro describe his favorite Couchsurfers made me tear up. The girl from Greece misses you a bunch.
Hahaha, “not a dating site.” My husband and I tell that to people all the time. We were both living in the same city, hosting people separately, but met at a local CS meeting. CS-ers often find it much easier to live with other CS-ers who already understand the lifestyle and the amazing people you get to meet — but that was not our motivation for joining!nnI, too, am a bit of a CS evangelist. Nice to hear you are, too, and about all your lovely experiences. *hugs*nnps: Maybe we’ll meet at BRC, or Nowhere (the playa’s European cousin; goingnowhere.org), one of these days. 😀
Couchsurfing, that’s the first time I’ve heard of it but what a great idea:)
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