Originally from the southeast of the US, born in Virginia and raised in Georgia, Ben left for greener pastures as soon as he was able. After studying several of the Romance languages—Spanish, Portuguese and French—at the University of Georgia, pursuing job opportunities abroad became his guiding light, first living and working in Quito, Ecuador for a brief period of six months, and then a much longer stint of four years in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In January of 2017, after already working for a year and a half from home, Ben decided to take his work on the road. After travelling around Latin America and the Caribbean as a digital nomad for the first six months, in search of a more stable working space to work remotely and routine, he started to pet-sit around the world. First in New York City, then six months in Europe and North Africa and then another five months in Asia and the Pacific.
So much time travelling overseas and living in other countries saw Ben pick up even more languages and, in August 2018, given his multilingual skillset and previous experience in communications, he started working in New York City with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) on a project working to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. After working there for a year, his contract with UNU-CPR was extended, with the added benefit that he could work remotely.
Taking full advantage of this flexibility with work, he is currently studying Arabic in Beirut, Lebanon for the foreseeable future. For Ben, languages, linguistics, and language learning have always been driving forces and his hope is that the more languages he can master, the more insight and knowledge he will gain with regard to other cultures and ways of living. To see what Ben is up to in his personal time, feel free to check out his Instagram.