“After I graduated from high school, I started working as a model full time. I’ve lived in New York City, Hamburg, London and Barcelona, yet I found out it was not the right world for me. So I waited until I got a big job, so that I could quit. I got booked for a label for hair products and afterwards that was it: I said goodbye to all my agencies, cut my hair and booked a world ticket. That was the start of my first journey around the world. I went to New York, the West Coast of the USA, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore. When I came back in the Netherlands, my home country, I started studying sociology. Once I finished, it was time for my second big solo trip: I started in India and traveled to East and South Africa afterwards. I went to Afrika Burn and three days before I would fly home, I met my current boyfriend, who lives in Capetown. When I was back in Amsterdam, I kept wondering what this relationship would hold for the future. So after a couple of visits, I decided to move to Cape Town for an unspecified time. When you’re only seeing each other for short periods of time, you don’t really get to know each other that well. So that’s what we’re doing now!”

“I’ve studied sociology and I’ve always been interested in people, cultures and the differences between them. The more you travel, the more connections you start to see. Patterns between different cultures across the world. Uganda, for instance, is a relatively poor agrarian country. In such places you notice the huge role family and friends play. It’s comparable to Cambodia, which is also agrarian and poor. There’s a certain vibe amongst people: they’re open, welcoming and they seem happy. It’s different from a country like Thailand, where tourism destroyed a lot. I also like to explore different traditions and religions. I want to go to Latin America for instance, and get to know the spirituality there: shamanism. I don’t know anything about it, that’s why. I keep on learning from my trips too. During the first journey, I only stayed in places for about 3 days. The next big trip, I decided to stay in one place for a month: India. That was harder than I thought, since I didn’t make any plans beforehand. That’s one thing I advice everyone to do: book a training, find a small job, a hostel to volunteer in – this makes it easier to start your trip and meet people. On the other hand, don’t plan too much. If something is not taken care of beforehand, there will always be people willing to help you out.”


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Yoshie Spong · at

We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with useful info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will probably be grateful to you.

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