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Hi, I'mKelly Merchán

Advocate, Writer & Project Manager

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About Me

A small town gal that packed her bags and bought a one way ticket to Cuenca, Ecuador in pursuit of life, adventure and love.

Hi! 👋🏻My name is Kelly Mitchell and I am pleased to make your acquaintance! Thank you for checking out my site. Wonder My Way is a space for me to document my wonders, wanders and ponders of my life in Ecuador. I am here to share lessons learned about moving and working abroad, life in Cuenca, and travel tips for exploring Ecuador.

What’s my story?

I moved from my hometown of Frederick, Maryland to Cuenca, Ecuador in December 2015 to spread my wings and build a life of love (with my now Fiancé Eduardo), joy, and of course, challenges. Living abroad is a unique experience, and one that I am happy to share with you.

I currently live and work in Cuenca as a freelance consultant, writer, and model. Feel free to check out my writing profile or examples of my copyrighting or writing/design of reports.

A huge part of my work in Ecuador was serving as the Program Director Heart of Gold Foundation for nearly three years where I designed and directed a program of capacity-building workshops and solidarity dialogues for grassroots organizations in Ecuador. In past work, I have been an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and consulted on topics ranging from community-based conflict resolution to multi-stakeholder dialogues on the international stage.

I received my Masters at the American University School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a focus in Latin America, and my Bachelors at Towson University with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Spanish.

I have a passion for travel, learning, being outdoors, coffee, music and positivity.

I am currently based in Cuenca, Ecuador and planning for a move back to the east coast, U.S. in 2019. In the meantime, I am open for remote-based opportunities (full-time or part-time). Let’s collaborate!

“Peace. It doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”