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  • 17 references 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Italian; learning Dutch, German, Malagasy, Spanish
  • 64, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Philanthropist, Scientist, officer, general manager, entr...
  • MSc Engineering, MBA
  • From Corato, Bari, Italy
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About Me

I am new to couchsurfing (May 14, 2024 the exact date), therefore I have only few references and friends here. However, my best reference, at the moment, are the thousands of pictures on the facebook page of my charity project in Madagascar, where I spend half of my time every year, since 2017 (leaving 2020-2021 in oblivion). You can find it here https://facebook.com/sorrisisenzafrontiere

I travel since ages, and during last years I use to stop a couple of quarters in Madagascar, where I carry out my charity project for the very poor children of public elementary schools (EPP). Up to now, I carried out my project in 130 schools, in 11 main cities of Madagascar and thousands of pictures of inauguration parties can be seen here https://facebook.com/sorrisisenzafrontiere , Sorrisi Senza Frontiere, i.e. Smiles Without Borders
My facebook is https://facebook.com/toni.expo.loff , visual CV https://my.visualcv.com/antonioloffredo and Linkedin https://it.linkedin.com/in/antonioloffredo
Previously, I was a scientist in fiber and integrated optics, and general manager in intellectual property, automotive and energy, working in Italy, France, Germany, Holland and Britain.
I have 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl, all masters in engineering, like me, and with dream jobs
I speak fluent Italian, French, English and have a fair knowledge of German, Spanish and a little Malagasy
Health is very important to me. So I'm 6-time Covid vaccinated and had a total of 35 vaccinations in my life

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

In short, to meet interesting people
During the last 6 months, I spent 3 months in Madagascar, and I also visited Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan, India, Thailand and the Philippines, and now I am on a coast-to-coast-to-coast in the USA
I travel to know people, not to see things. I like to chat, get opinions and express my vision on how to understand reality and what is necessary to do for making reality better for everybody, especially the very poor

Interests

I like to study everything, ranging from science to finance, from finance to philosophy, from arts to psychology and medicine
In particular, philosophy is for me the art of solving problems, especially social problems, like poverty, diseases, war, environment, fraternity, equality and freedom
That's why my charity project is named Sorrisi Senza Frontiere, i.e. Smiles Without Borders

  • cooking
  • traveling
  • music
  • sports
  • travel
  • travelling
  • meeting people
  • knowledge
  • sharing
  • meeting new people
  • meet people
  • sharing stories
  • meeting friends
  • meet new people
  • charity
  • chatting
  • know people
  • share experiences
  • sharing experiences
  • know new places

Music, Movies, and Books

I love to listen to jazz, latin, classical and country music
I'm fond of movies and watch a movie every single evening, all kinds of movies
From time to time, I also read once more the classics of literature

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

After 18 planes, 12 intercity buses, and 19 cities visited, my 6-week tour of the United States came to an end
It wasn't just a sightseeing tour, but above all a tour to meet people, and a heartfelt thank you goes to all my guests, who, in addition to saving me on hotels and restaurants, delighted my days with interesting, profound and often epic discussions
We discussed politics, travel, America and the third world 
I don't understand much of why America is moving to the right, probably leading Trump to win the November elections, but there are probably 2 main reasons: partly due to the lack of leadership on the left, and partly due to ignorance that leads many to believe all the lies that Trump spreads every day, as do his friends Putin and Netanyahu 
My other goal was to raise awareness among Americans about the third world 
Well, here I have much clearer ideas: in general, Americans, as well as Europeans, absolutely don't care about the third world 
And, as I have spoken to many of the most generous, intelligent, and wealthy people in multiethnic America, this disinterest is clear and clear. 
Many make some donations, even organs or blood, their kindness is immeasurable, but if we talk about, for example, Africa, with very rare exceptions, no one is interested in anything 
So guys, I see it tough for third world countries... Countries? No, I would say for the peoples of the third world, because the governments and the military are doing very well, doing business with the Russian, Chinese, Indian governments and many multinationals 
But what do you want? Dat's 'Mereca
And this is the world we live in 
Let's hope that Michelle Obama, or whoever, wins
And let's hope that artificial intelligence brings some order to this planet 
Last note, not a minor one, on the excellent public urban and hygienic services in the USA. An incredible nostalgia, as soon as you set foot in Fiumicino, with the dirty toilets and the canceled trains, but still purchasable on the Trenitalia website 
But what do you want? Dat's 'Talia

But I also took Pavarotti with my car to the San Carlo theatre for his Prima, many years ago

And I drove in some racetracks, like Imola, Monza and others

Teach, Learn, Share

This is my life. Teaching, learning and sharing. The more I teach, the more I learn and the more I can share
What do I teach during the parties in third world schools? Playing and studying with discipline, enthusiasm and laugh

What I Can Share with Hosts

Apart from a good chat, sharing my charity experience, travel stories, knowledge, languages, laughing, I can also cook, especially Italian food and mostly, healthy food

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Germany, Italy, Madagascar, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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