A college trip to Ecuador during his first year set Max on a course that changed his life. Originally visiting to study environmental science, he discovered his love of all things Ecuadorian. He returned to the States, changed his major to Spanish, and later earned his Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He returned to Ecuador on a break from teaching in 2009, and fell in love with Otavalo and the lovely hotel La Posada del Quinde. After running the hotel from 2010-2019, Max dedicated himself to the Foundation’s programs. Max’s strong belief in the value of education is the foundation for everything he does, and he feels strongly about the value of providing humans opportunity to become their best selves.