Hi, I’m Amanda! Originally from Ottawa, Canada, I am currently living with my partner (Steve) in Sucre, Bolivia for the next year. I’ll be working with a technical school called Escuela Taller Sucre that teaches young people about skills like carpentry and metal-working. My job as a designer is to help them open a small store to sell the products that are made by the students, in order to promote the school and ensure financial sustainability.
I’m a notorious over-packer, and if you ever need anything (Advil, bandages, a hair elastic, or a phone charger), I’ve got you covered! I work in the unique space between industrial design and international development – but what does that even mean? I’m passionate about working WITH marginalized communities in a way that utilizes design to improve the lives of different types of people around the world. The best piece of advice I have ever received about travelling is to “be flexible”! Every country is different, and if you don’t adjust to your new surroundings, you’ll just end up having a miserable time instead of learning about yourself and other cultures along the way.
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