Staff Spotlight: Sarah Jansen Van vuuren

Enrollments coordinator
Sarah is an Enrollments coordinator that has just come back from Vietnam; on her travels, she managed to meet many people and gain many experiences. She will be your guiding hand on planning your adventure.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was going to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. It is a protected area in north-central Vietnam bordering the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. I remember taking the train super early to leave 'Vinh city and only had one day to venture around this place. It was honestly the most beautiful place I'd ever seen.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown a lot since I have started at Travelbud. I have learnt a lot and really have enjoyed teamwork. I have really enjoyed helping applicants embark on their adventure abroad and really give them first- hand experience advice.

I love how Travelbud always strives to make everything easy and convenient for all our applicants.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I think the best stories I have heard were from the students that went on the TESOL course with me. We were from all parts of the world, coming from different backgrounds, but we all decided to be there at the same time. I experienced many memories and just watching everyone grow and become closer was incredible.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to do any of our volunteer programs, I am so excited that there are these new programs. My favorite one would definitely be the volunteer program in Zanzibar where I could help provide educational support to the community and experience a different culture. It would be amazing to stay on the beach and taste all the different food that the Island has to offer.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Travelbud is unique as we always try and get to know our applicants and really see what the best program would be for them. I am excited to introduce more of our volunteer programs to our applicants so that they have a chance to experience Africa as well! I am proud of our team as we always try and work together and highlight each other strengths.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I feel that the biggest factor in being a successful company is having a collaborative and passionate attitude in all that you do. Being able to relate to each of our applicants and see what's best for them. It's also extremely important to be compassionate and always try and do your best. I feel that at Travelbud we try and do that every single day.