After graduating from high school, Daniel spent a year traveling and volunteering in Central America and the Dominican Republic with a gap year program. At U.C. Santa Cruz, he studied anthropology with an emphasis on cultural and international aspects. He traveled to Peru for a month for a language study program and received his A.A. in Spanish. During his studies, he also traveled to Southeast Asia for five months and explored Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. After graduating, Daniel bought a one-way ticket to South America, where he traveled to Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. During these 11 months, he worked with wild monkeys and cats at an animal refuge, volunteered at various farms, helped build a hostel, and explored the natural landscape from Patagonia to the Caribbean. In 2019, he led his first program with Putney to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. After that trip he traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to work as a translator, returned to Bolivia to work at an animal refuge, then traveled to Chile and Patagonia. In 2021 and 2022, Daniel led his second and third trips with Putney to Costa Rica. He enjoys the outdoors, music, exploring different cultures, and working with youth. Daniel now practices massage therapy, manages a restaurant, and works in construction.