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Just a quick introduction since I've been hanging out here for a few days now. I'm Mexican-American, originally from Olympia, Washington but grew up both in the Pacific Northwest and Mexico. My education/professional background is in conflict management and international development, which is how I ended up working in Sudan where I met a very beautiful and enthusiastic man from Bern. That was 4 years ago and these days I'm consulting; some remote work and some travel - happily based in this lovely, slow city and hopefully applying for B residency soon.

My likes: green tea, Buddhism, photography, art films, motorcycling, bicycling, books.

I look forward to getting to know more of you; EF has already made my landing much easier so thanks.
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Old 01.04.2011, 18:21
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Just a quick introduction since I've been hanging out here for a few days now. I'm Mexican-American, originally from Olympia, Washington but grew up both in the Pacific Northwest and Mexico. My education/professional background is in conflict management and international development, which is how I ended up working in Sudan where I met a very beautiful and enthusiastic man from Bern. That was 4 years ago and these days I'm consulting; some remote work and some travel - happily based in this lovely, slow city and hopefully applying for B residency soon.

My likes: green tea, Buddhism, photography, art films, motorcycling, bicycling, books.

I look forward to getting to know more of you; EF has already made my landing much easier so thanks.
Welcome to the forum (although I'm relatively new myself)!

Haven't traveled to Basel yet, but I'm surprised your development background didn't bring you to Geneva instead (which is precisely where I'm seeking a job in the same field, ideally with UN)... may I ask what organisation you're working for?

Also, I have family in Seattle and will likely move to the Pac NW in the next 5-10 years myself

Good luck with everything!
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Welcome to the forum (although I'm relatively new myself)!

Haven't traveled to Basel yet, but I'm surprised your development background didn't bring you to Geneva instead (which is precisely where I'm seeking a job in the same field, ideally with UN)... may I ask what organisation you're working for?

Also, I have family in Seattle and will likely move to the Pac NW in the next 5-10 years myself

Good luck with everything!
Hi hi! Thanks for the hello! Long story about Bern but basically my partner and his family are all here, I prefer smaller cities, and became smitten over the course of a number of of visits. Bern reminds me a lot of Portland (Oregon) - river and bridges in the middle of town, mountain views (more spectacular here of course), hipster local businesses... Have only been to Geneva for transit. My current contracts are with UNDP (Sudan) and International Rescue Committee. Loads of organizations are based in Geneva but the benefit of consulting is getting to choose where I live.

What field within development do you work in? Best of luck with the job search!
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Ah yes, consultancy, enough said

I'm 24 and a recent MSc graduate so I'm still lacking in experience (in the minds of HR, anyway), but I've mainly studied Environment and Development with some specialisation in forestry and forest conservation.

Happy new beginnings in Basel and good luck with it all!
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