05/12/10 – Couchsurfing
I’ll assume that most of my friends reading this know what ‘Couchsurfing’ is. For anyone else that may not know, I’ll give a quick description of it. www.couchsurfing.com is a website that allows cultural exchanges in several ways. Every user has a profile, similar to Facebook, but more geared towards traveling. So you can put up pictures, interests, friends and all that. There’s also a spot for ‘Couch Information’ and for ‘References’. When you put the city you live in on CS, other people can search CSers that live in a certain city. Whether you’re traveling and are looking for a free place to stay, wanting to meet locals instead of just being lost in a big city tourist trap, have questions about something in a city (schools, transportation, etc…), the CS community is there to help. When I was living in Philadelphia, my roommates and I hosted over 150 CSers. That means that over 150 people that we had never met sent us a message on the website, most of them were traveling, and then we accepted their request and they stayed in our house between 1-7 nights. Some people that I’ve met through the site have become good friends that I keep in touch with or have met-up with in other parts of the world while others that upon leaving I never talked to again. I’ve had tons of great experiences with couchsurfing and just a couple that weren’t bad, but weren’t good either.
To sum up couchsurfing, it’s awesome. I was hoping to host couchsurfers here but no travelers ever make it to Olancho. I have gotten many requests, but from the messages it seems that people just message all of the CSers in Honduras (there’s not very many) without looking at the person’s profile or where they live. So after getting requests, I respond asking for when they’ll be here and that yes I can host them. The response from them at that point is usually fijese que that I won’t be able to make it to Olancho on this trip but thank you.
However, what is pretty cool is that one of my friends, Kandice, came here last week to start working in Juticalpa for the rest of this school year. She hosted me through CS when I arrived in Korea and when I was on my way out of the country. We kept in touch and she wanted to work/live in Latin America. There are a few bilingual schools here in Juticalpa so it worked out well. Small world, eh?
And for anyone else wanting to work down here, I think there are lots of jobs here or other ways to make money (…that sounds kinda bad).