I rocked up in Brazil after a really tough few years plugging away at a degree in the UK. Mentally exhausted I was able to relax my first few weeks but after a while I got restless. I found that trying to do the standard backpacker thing wasn't really for me and figured it might be pretty cool to go and get some work experience to save me the effort when I got back to foggy London town, while also going on adventures. I had no idea where this would leave me.
6 months on, with 7 internships in the bag across North and South America I can say this. I had no idea how much of a valuable experience this would be. People have not only opened their arms up to help me in all sort of places, including Peru, Canada and Bolivia. But, I have also learnt so much. I know from talking with all of these new friends of mine that this experience is unique and has to be shared with people. The bottom line is, a year ago I never thought you could go hike a mountain in Patagonia and then a week later be sat in a startup somewhere in the Andes genuinly helping develop a local tech scene. This juxtaposition has been happening week in and week out and I just want to take an opportunity to not only say thanks to everyone who has helped on my journey but to also encourage others to do the same. Reach out, be weird and go exploring. Stay tuned to www.tradeforxp.com for more updates.