Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Michelle Martinez

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Public Health: Health Services


2016 Fellows

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Travel Locations: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan

Travel objectives: Her Bonderman journey will find Michelle engaging as much as possible with the indigenous cultures of Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, while Brazil will find her experiencing Portuguese and soccer. Time in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan will bring exploration of Eastern religions, philosophy and cultures.

Alumni Reflections

How did the Bonderman impact your life?

“The Bonderman elevated my entire self image and what I imagine to be possible in my life — I built so much self trust on that journey.”

What are you doing now? What is inspiring you?

“I’m working for the WA State health care authority as a behavioral health project manager, singing in an 80s rock cover band, building a side business as an intimacy coach, and learning to surf and snowboard.”