Staff Spotlight: Courtney Venter

Senior Facilitator
Courtney grew up in the City of Johannesburg but found the adventure of a lifetime in the mountains of Magoebaskloof.

She is now still ever-changing and discovering new things every day.

What is your favorite travel memory?

That's a hard one to pick. Every traveling memory has a lesson or an impact on my life and made me who I am today. I carry them all close to my heart.

My favorite memory is a hike along the Wild Coast. One of the toughest hikes but the most breathtaking views, wildlife sights, and most cultural events there is. Being invited into their homes. It shows the humanity is still there in the world. Also, one of my favorite peaceful places of all time.

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

I am a completely new person. When I arrived, I was known as the porcelain doll. The city girl that would break down and have a panic attack if someone spoke too loudly. I was shy and terrified of everything, with low confidence. I couldn't even look at someone in the eyes while talking to them.

Now I am the complete opposite. I have confidence not only in myself as a person but in the things I can do. I can stand in crowds and run leadership camps. I am fearless, in my ability to now be able to overcome fears. Most importantly, I am not just a city girl anymore: I am an adventurer, ready to indulge in cultures around me.

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

A young girl struggling with self-belief found her strength and passion in life. She found a new light that she did not know was inside of herself.

Most importantly, not only she has a support system she can use now: she has found a family that will always be a call away. Someone who felt so alone in the world now had friends who would be family forever.

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

I would do the full Gap Year Program. Throughout the 4 Quest, I believe each student focuses on a new growth point in themselves.

Each Quest is set up to help students develop a new set of skills that will be used in their careers and in their lives. This program is the baseline for discovering who you are and what you are truly capable of.

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

Warriors Academy is unique in the sense: it is family-run.

It started off as a passion to help young people grow and change lives forever. This spirit follows through everyone that works there. We give 150% of ourselves to the program all the time.

Warriors is also unique as we invite and welcome international students widening the Warriors Family over multiple years.

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

In this industry, the main aspect has to be passion for people or making a difference. You can't get anywhere in life without putting you all in and manifesting a goal you see in front of you.

It's being determined even when the odds are against you and having hope that something good will come out if it. It's the belief everything is as it should be.