iKey 10 – Couchsurfing

Hi guys! I’m Celina and this is iKey. A
program that my brother and I created to practice our English, so if we make mistakes sorry!
In the last video we talked about Festa Junina and you can check the link below to watch
it. And today we will talk about Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is a hospitality exchange and
social network website. It provides a platform for members to “surf” on “coaches”… It provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home. So, if you go to another country on your holidays or
to study or work, you can use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay.
This website is really useful. And in 2012 it reached one million members in over 180
countries. But still there are a lot of people that don’t know about this service.
And I think that the most interesting thing about it is that you have the chance to meet
new people and be part of locals’ routine. It’s amazing!
I don’t use this website, but my brother does, and he can confirm that Couchsurfing
is really cool. And he has already hosted three travelers through it. And today I have special guest that came to Brazil and is staying in my brother’s house. Paul!!! How are you?
I’m okay, but I want to say how okay. I think I’ve told your brother this trick.
So I use numbers between 0 and 10. I’m okay 8. Ask me why 8.
Why 8? 8 because I’ve had a very nice trip here,
in São Paulo, and met some very nice people, like your brother, and you, and your mother.
I met most of the family, I guess. But I’m a little bit sad, because I’m gonna miss
São Paulo and Fabio and the friends that I made here. So that is why I’m 8. And where are you from? I was born in the United States, Indiana,
but now I consider myself a citizen of the world. I don’t really consider myself American.
So, why did you came to Brazil? Why did I come to Brazil?
Yeah. Actually, I was supposed to fly to Europe,
on May 27, but I missed my flight and they wanted to charge me $700 dollars to change it to the next day. Really?!
So, I decided that I’d just spent seven hundred dollars in Brazil, and not go to Europe.
So I came to Brazil really to fly out of São Paulo. But I didn’t fly out of São Paulo.
I just stayed in Brazil. A big travel! And do you like it here?
Yes. It’s been very surprising. And what do you most like?
The people, the people smile a lot here, and for me they’re very friendly, specially
in a big city like São Paulo. I expected them to be like in a big city in the United States,
where people are a little more aggressive and impatient. For example, I have been riding
a bicycle that someone loaned me. And is it your first time in South America?
No, I’ve visited other countries in South America: Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay.
Did you like the other countries? I liked most of them, except Peru. It wasn’t
so favorite. Is it the first time that you use Couchsurfing?
No, I have been using Couchsurfing since 2007. But this is the first time that I have used
a lot for finding people to host me. I have used it more for hosting other people. So,
in other words, they’d stay with me, but this time I’m staying more with other people.
And what other countries did you go using Couchsurfing? I haven’t used Couchsurfing to stay in many countries. First I used it in Estonia. The first
person who hosted me was in Estonia. I stayed with someone in Australia or New Zealand.
But all together I travelled to about 60 countries. Why do you prefer using Couchsurfing and not
staying in a hotel? Well, when you stay in a hotel, a lot of times
you just stay inside your room, and that is kind of boring. But when you stay inside someone’s
house in their country, you get to see how they live. You really live in the country
when you live in someone’s house. Like, I know your brother morning routine, what
happens in the kitchen, how he cooks, how he does the dishes, what happens with the
cleaning. You see everything really as a local person would see, but you don’t see it in
a hotel. Be part of the locals’ routine. I think
like that. I want to say one thing. I want to encourage
all the young people to look at all the options for travel, because what you are doing is
really good to help people see that there is this option called Couchsurfing. Most
people don’t know it exists, like high-school students. And there are other opportunities,
like Help Exchange and Workaway, where you can work as you travel, so you can travel
very cheaply. And not many people know about this. There is also one called WWOOF, which
is working on organic farms. So you work on an organic farm and they give you organic
food to eat and a place to stay. You’d work about 4, 5, or 6 hours per day. That’s nice
a way to travel. Very cheap also. And it’s this. Thank you Paul. Bye guys
and please share on Facebook, with your friends, family; I hope you enjoyed this video.

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