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I currently live in Brooklyn New York and recently finished an internship at the United Nations Development Programme working on the Millennium Villages Project (MVP).  My time at the MVP was both inspiring and daunting, as most of my experiences in the field of international development have been.  After years of working in the field I have decided to start a blog in order to publish my thoughts and hone my skills as a writer. 

I am originally from Indianapolis but grew up in North Carolina.  After high school I returned to Indianapolis and studied Anthropology at Indiana Univrsity-Purdue University Indianapolis.  At the end of my studies I went to Brazil for four months with a grant to teach English as part of a paper I was writing on cultural relativism.  I ended up staying for nine months training capoeira and learning Portuguese.   I started teaching English in the favelas and helping my Capoeira master teach in orphanages. 

On my way to completing a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution I spent five months in Tanzania studying at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and interning at the Tanzanian Association of NGOs.  I was also involved in the student strike, from which the banner photo was taken at a rally.  I have also been involved with development projects in Costa Rica and Honduras and hope to do some project-based work abroad again soon.

My personal interests include Capoeira Angola which I have been training and playing since 1999.  It is the most amazing cultural art I have come across, in my opinion of course.  I am also an avid outdoorsman, even though it seems to be harder and harder to get away for long periods of time anymore.  In Tanzania I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It was definitely one of the single hardest things I have done in my life.  I am also interested in the slow food movement and hope to one day grow my own vegetables and have a little farm.  For any further information you will have to befriend me and we can talk in person.  Thanks!

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