Stuff you need to know before moving to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a great city and most of my immigrant and expat friends here stayed far longer than they planned (I know how that feels!). Moving to another country is no joke, and any immigrant would tell you so. The thing is, many who move to Buenos Aires consider themselves expats, and this denotes a sense of privilege immigrants and migrants don’t have.

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Why freelance writers ghost you (and some possible solutions)

Anyone can get ghosted, even the best-paying clients. Is this dumb? Absolutely. Are the reasons always bad? Yeah. Like any industry freelance writers sometimes bail and it hurts both our and our (former) client’s reputations. I’m going to confess that in my dumber days I ghosted a client for a gig that paid $200. I never did that to anyone again though. After asking for advice from other colleagues I’ve devised a system to help me avoid doing this.

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Educate Yourself: on DACA and the DREAM act

In my younger days I *tried* to help efforts to pass initiatives that would benefit undocumented immigrants and people of color. In my time I learned that the best efforts to organize the undocumented community came from directly affected people themselves. However, many non-profits and well-meaning activists who are paid for their work tend not to be undocumented or directly affected by the issues at hand.

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Unsolicited advice: stuff you should think about if you want to work in the non-profit sector

Today is #GivingTuesday and it brought back both positive and negative memories of my stint in the non-profit industry. I’ve known many in the non-profit sector since college. Some friends who worked in non-profits are still successful and even moved up the career ladder through this work. Others totally burned out (me!), and others are still vying to get into this sector as a career. There plenty of advice columns about this, but since there are few women of color who write about stuff, here are my two cents.

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It’s expensive to be a geek

Now that I’m older and can afford a few things here and there, I indulge in Netflix, where I can catch up on nerdy shows, and I was once gifted an entrance to Comic-Con in Buenos Aires.

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Jobs from hell: that time I tried to be a child actor

I was a total geek during most of my school years. Even though I tried to hide it, I really tried to do my best in school even when I was doodling or didn’t understand what the teacher’s said. I was a horrible math student and I’ve tried to get better at doing basic math in my head as an adult. Because I always liked music, I chose to be in band class in the 6th grade. I wanted to play the saxophone and was assigned the flute.

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Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile, and Mendoza Argentina: How to Exceed Your Own Expectations

Last year, a friend of mine in Buenos Aires had about US$100 in Chilean pesos she couldn’t use. Knowing that I wanted to get to Chile someday, I bought them from her. I bought a ticket to Santiago, Chile earlier this year while in Mexico City (long story here). I left on 18th October with few plans and almost no expectations. A friend of mine that I met at the School of Authentic Journalism offered to host me while in Santiago and was kind enough to make me feel like home.

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