I grew up in a small farming community north of Seattle and relocated to Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree of business and Spanish. I love economic development and cross-cultural studies. I also love new technology, reading the news, and thinking about dinosaurs. My hope is to further study sustainable businesses within developing nations...or be a photo journalist...or be a shoemaker...or simply an artist.
I spent some time in Quito, Ecuador in 2009, and moved to the Amazon region of Ecuador to teach English and entrepreneurship classes at Yachana Technical High School.
I spent most of 2011 volunteering with Kiva.org as a Kiva Fellow in Sierra Leone and in Bolivia. Those were some of the brightest and muted days of my life. I have never known such beauty, sorrow, hope, fear, solitude, shock, contentment, disruption, and thrill in my life.
In 2012 I was a research intern with Innovations for Poverty Action living in the Amazon Basin of northern Bolivia. We worked on a research project studying the savings habits of newly-monetized native Amazonians.
In 2012 and 2013 I did a bit of marketing and public relations in Seattle, Wa. Primarily with social media initiatives for a Tulip Festival on Instagram and a water company on Twitter.
Feeling ready to go, in 2013, I moved to Beijing, China teaching with English First. I was meant to be there.
I met some friends from Pakistan, and wanted to learn more about the global refugee situation. So, I decided to move to England and study a Masters in Refugee Care at the University of Essex writing.
Moral of the story, I am doing what I want.