Patricia has worked as program assistant for the SIT Study Abroad program in Cochabamba since 1996. She studied sociology at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon and has been trained in project evaluation, union organizing, and NGO fundraising. She has more than 30 years of experience working for international organizations in Bolivia, including as the coordinator of a youth leadership project. She was invited to China and Canada to give presentations about alternative economies, and she started the first international union for local employees. As project coordinator and analyst for the Canadian NGO CUSO, she also worked with regional development projects directly supporting grassroots social organizations.