I would like to think that I chose to work for OVC but in hindsight, I look back and know that OVC chose me.
When my dreams of travelling were upon my door I found myself in the UK at the OVC Hostel in Earls Court crying my eyes out wondering where to start and why oh why had my pride led me to this familiar, yet strange land.
It was there on that lower bunk bed that I was comforted by my fellow OVCers and I found a way to make things work and become the person that I am today.
I had no idea at that time of my life that everything is a circle and that one day I would be managing my own OVC franchise.
My travels started in the UK and got more adventurous the longer I stayed. I can honestly say that I loved every single moment of my time travelling and most clients ask me if I had the chance to do it over would I, and my answer is always the same: "In a heartbeat."
The saying is that you can not choose your family - this is how I feel about OVC, it is in my blood. I believe that young South Africans should have the opportunity to travel and to learn more about other cultures, but more importantly about themselves, become independent so that when they return to SA they can come back and lead us.
My wish is to help make a positive difference in my clients own adventures and in a funny way, I am living mine every day all over again.
My travels started when I was given the opportunity to go to Thailand in 2010 and that is when the travel bug bit me!
I was a client at OVC applying to be an Au pair in America. I have always wanted to go to America, and through OVC it all became a reality. I never knew I would find myself in a hotel in New Jersey in about 4 months time after I applied, crying my eyes out wondering why I did this to myself.
Thinking back to that first day in America, I never thought that I would make it through. Today I am truly grateful that I got over my homesickness and will never forget the amazing experience I had in America.
I visited States like Minnesota to California, from small towns like Nebraska to Wyoming. My travel days are definitely not over yet.
"This Heart of Mine was made to travel this world".