+1 on the SKCC idea.
There are around 12 THOUSAND hams now signed up for SKCC.
If you go on the SKED page, http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=skcc
you can find many guys willing to start up a QSO.
I also look at http://pa4n.xs4all.nl/bandmap.html
and you can set it to only look for people running <20 WPM. I also set mine to look at North American spotters so I'm almost sure to hear them well.
As for good places to look for QRS again if you look at the SKCC page it shows where they recommend people to CQ. You'll find tons of guys like you and I.