At the age of 16 I wasn’t particularly academic. I was really keen to get out to work to gain experience and also independence. I stayed in mainly admin based jobs throughout and worked for an insurance company and a drug development company. In 2010, after a bit of a hard year personally I decided to take a career break and do something different. I have always enjoyed spending time with children and thought volunteering with GVI was a great opportunity to do this, making a difference and helping out where I could but also to further my travel and cultural experience. After an amazing 10 weeks of volunteering across all of the Cape Town projects I was lucky enough to be offered a staff position as Coordinator for our childcare projects. I later became Senior Coordinator, Project Manager and now just over three years later I am Cape Town Programs Manager. I have grown with confidence over these past few years and surprised myself along the way. I remember I used to be reasonably shy and the thought of presenting to a group of people would of bought me to tears! Now I take these things in my stride and enjoy doing them. I have developed many skills in each of my positions with GVI. GVI has helped me develop and grow over these years. I have learnt a lot from peers but also learned from experiences here. It is a lot of hard work but comes with a lot of rewards whether that is seeing a volunteer, staff member grow with confidence or seeing every day the difference we make to the children and the communities. So now three years on I am still here, still can say I love my job and am learning all of the time.