by Mandy Van Deven
When I began to understand the immensity of the world, I felt a visceral inclination to discover all that it possessed – or at least as much of it as I could. There was, however, the problem that I grew up poor in rural Georgia, and travel was prohibitively expensive. Even now, after class jumping to the American middle, it is all I can do to pay the price of visiting family living only a few states away.
In recent years the global expansion of the Internet has allowed people to make connections across geographic borders and cultural boundaries. It has expanded our ability to go beyond old models of foreign exchange and create new ways of interacting as global citizens. One website facilitating these interpersonal interactions is CouchSurfing.