Patricia is not your regular Digital Nomad, yet a nomad nonetheless. Between raising two daughters, she picked up her studies in a strange country (Belgium) before moving to Curaçao and starting an interesting initiative. Read her version of being a Digital Nomad and what she is planning to do on Curaçao. This is the last of three blogs in our Digital Nomad series.
I paused my career in Washington D.C., to accompany my husband worldwide, so our children would grow up as global citizens. Curaçao is our fifth home as a family. Being here has allowed me to complete the thesis requirements for a second master’s degree. Programming and data science are not as bad while facing blue waters. I am using my new technical degree to finish many passion projects using digital tools, including some illustrated books, and practicing digital photography in my spare time. I am also nurturing my new company (Wire Scrypt LLC) to provide digital humanities consulting and a nonprofit.
I used to picture a digital nomad as a young graduate blogging from a beach in Phuket (Thailand), but we are a truly diverse bunch. I am using my new technical degree to finish many passion projects using digital tools, including some illustrated books, and practicing digital photography in my spare time. I am also applying for a doctorate and nurturing a nonprofit organization.
We started G4Tek Nonprofit (@g4tek_nonprofit) in 2018 to provide information technology (I.T.) equipment and training to schools in need. Our first endeavor was to ship a pallet of computers and equipment to schools in São Vicente and rural Santo Antão (Cabo Verde), in addition to school supplies. Our organization outfitted a computer laboratory in Jorge Barbosa Secondary School and allowed many schools to be agile during the pandemic. To our surprise, we made the national news. Our next goal is to provide I.T. equipment and training to designated schools in Curaçao.
Curaçao provides excellent opportunities for digital nomads. The first reason is having reliable internet connection at home and local cafés. The island’s beauty and pace create an excellent creative thinking environment, and the days seem longer. Under normal circumstances it’s easy to travel and participate in tech and artistic events in Europe and the U.S. However, it takes effort to make connections locally, but I have found locals and ex-pats willing to discuss ideas and collaborate. I look forward to working on some fun and colorful projects with local creatives and collaborating with like-minded philanthropists. Contact me on Instagram (@patdsantos) or via email (email@example.com) if you would like to nominate a school in need of equipment.
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