MISSION #1 : ARGENTINA – Learn Spanish & Find a Job in Buenos Aires

On October 1st, 2009 I touched down in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With zero knowledge of language, local contacts or scheduled plan, this was my first my Tourist 2 Townie Mission – To learn Spanish and find a local job in Buenos Aires.

These were many of my specific goals for traveling and working in Argentina:

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MISSION #2: COLOMBIA – Learn Salsa in Medellin

After Argentina, I moved to Medellin, Colombia on a mission to learn Salsa and prove that Colombia is much more than coffee beans and drug lords. Unfortunately, I fractured my ankle playing basketball two months into the quest so I wasn’t able to reach a competitive level with my Salsa moves. This was an unfinished mission.

These were many of my specific goals for traveling and learning Salsa in Colombia:

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MISSION #3: PERU – Learn to Cook like a Peruvian Chef

After Colombia, I traveled through Ecuador and Northern Peru before settling in Lima. My biggest mission in the Peruvian capital was to eat my way around the city and learn to cook like a local. I gained a lot of weight, but the trip was a success!

These were many of my specific goals for traveling and learning to cook in Peru:

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MISSION #4: BOLIVIA – Help Build Libraries with BiblioWorks.org

From Peru, I moved to Sucre, Bolivia to begin volunteering with an organization called BiblioWorks.org. BiblioWorks builds and facilitates libraries in and around the city of Sucre. Based on the contribution to the community, this was a very successful mission. Through the donations of Tourist2Townie.com readers, we managed to raise $2,500 to fund the first ever Literacy Festival in Sucre.


These were many of my specific goals for traveling and volunteering in Boliva:

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MISSION #5: GUATEMALA – Small Business Development with Kiva.org

After volunteering in Bolivia, I was addicted to the idea of helping others, so, I joined the Kiva.org family as a Kiva Fellow and moved to Sololá, Guatemala. In the Atitlan Region of Guatemala, I worked with local entrepreneurs to help fund their businesses through Kiva Loans. I met some amazing individuals and had the opportunity to explore the beautiful country.

These were many of my specific goals for traveling and volunteering with Kiva in Guatemala:

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MISSION #6: Brazil – Learn Portuguese and Work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

This was supposed to be my sixth and final Tourist 2 Townie adventure. This would prove to be the most ambitious and difficult task of them all. I lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where I slowly learned Portuguese through social interaction. I partnered with the Tourism Board of Brazil to travel the country and then worked with an Australian Tour Operator to Film during the World Cup. This was an incredible trip.

These were many of my specific goals for traveling and working in Brazil:

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OTHER GOALS IN LATIN AMERICA:

OTHER GOALS IN THE USA:

OTHER GOALS AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal
  • Explore Bhutan
  • Eat my way around Istanbul, Turkey
  • Visit the Greek Islands
  • Act like a baller in Dubai
  • Act like a baller in Monaco
  • Act like a baller in Las Vegas
  • South of France
  • Sail the Mediterranean
  • Morocco
  • Drink Vodka with Russians in Russia
  • Motorcycle through Italy
  • Be Myself in Spain
  • Get lost in Portugal
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