Travel has always been in my blood, even as a little girl my favourite pass time was going on road trips with my parents. Every year I always waited excitedly for our next trip. I loved seeing new places and learning about the differences between that new place and my own home, and nothing has changed now that I’m an adult.
As I got older my parents took us on holidays further and further away. I have done water sports in Mozambique, island hopped in Thailand, road tripped around England, skied in Slovakia, studied and travelled in Ireland and explored the history of Greece. Every place is so different and exciting in many ways, but the best thing about visiting somewhere you have never been before is exploring its uniqueness.
I first contacted OVC in 2014 when I was looking to study overseas. Since then I have lived in Dublin for two years studying Tourism and specialising in Hospitality and Airline Studies. Now that I am part of the OVC family I know that I will be able to share my love for travel with everyone that I come across and I can now help others have just as an amazing experiences as I had.
I cannot express how important travelling is for the soul.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Mariska Steyn Travel Consultant and Office Manager
My journey with OVC started in 2012 when they helped me in becoming an Au Pair in the USA, I lived in Alabama and Georgia with an amazing host family. I got to make friends from all over the world and got to travel to different cities in the 2 years I lived there. When I returned home to South Africa I became an Au Pair recruiter for OVC and very soon grew in the company.
We strive to make every persons travel dreams a reality. I have been fortunate enough to travel to more countries and visit our overseas partners in Thailand , America and done a Topdeck Tour to the UK , Wales and Ireland.
My passion is traveling and making it possible for everyone to be able to travel. So if you want a hassle free and reliable company to help you, OVC is definitely it.
My journey with the OVC began years back! Fresh home from the States I began as a junior consultant in the early days of 2004! I’ve seen the OVC change over the of years into the leaders of SA youth travel! I am the proud owner of the OVC Durban North franchise which officially opened in April 2006. OVC Pretoria was opened in January 2012, OVC North West office in January 2016 and OVC East Rand in September 2016. I live, sleep, eat and breathe the OVC. We have fantastic consultants around the country, eager to help young travellers reach their dreams of exploring the world.
Bitten by the travel bug at an early age, I set my sights on the USA where I spent the next 2 years living with an American family, as an Au Pair... Exploring the States was amazing! - From the busy life I lived in New York City, to my more laidback couple of months in Florida. My travels took me to the Hollywood Hills, wonders of the Grand Canyon, bright lights in Vegas, to the more historic Washington DC, Chicago, Portland, and many other real American cities! America is my home away from home and I can share stories of all 4 corners I’ve visited numerous times over the years. Ive been fortunate enough to travel to the UK and Ireland, Middle East and one of my favorite areas, the Far East!
I am passionate about America and therefore manage some of the OVC programs: Au Pair USA, J1 Student Work USA and Summer Camps, to ensure all our clients/friends and youth travellers are well taken care of!
To all those inspired to travel, to find new adventures and to discover themselves, I encourage you all to take the steps I have. You will never regret your decision to venture out of South Africa!
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
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