I was born and raised in Amsterdam where I graduated from the International Honors College of University Utrecht with a BA in Neuro-Linguistics and Anthropology. After college I moved to the U.S. and worked as the International Internship Coordinator for an experiential education organization while also getting my birth doula certification. I made the transition from office work to fieldwork in Fall 2009 when I co-designed and led four semester programs to Guatemala, Uganda, and India. Most of my work in India was in the red light area in Varanasi, where I worked with the children and women. I also led programs in Thailand and Indonesia, where we went hunting in the jungle, lived in a village built on stilts in the middle of the ocean, and meditated in a cave with buddhist monks. Most recently, I worked as the Staff Development Director Carpe Diem Education, based in Portland OR. Here I created educational manuals for our overseas program leaders and office staff while redesigning and co-facilitating leaderships trainings. I am now studying a combination of leadership, negotiation, and group development and aim to design and facilitate leadership trainings of my own.