Renske loves the outdoors!! She is passionate about youth development and believes that growth happens in your courage zone.
What is your favorite travel memory?
There are so many travel memories; it’s hard to choose a favorite.
I absolutely love the Wild Coast hike. Five days on the coastline of South Africa. We stay in local villages and enjoy their culture and food.
And then there is the Drakensberg Sentinel summit. We hike up to the top and spend an ice-cold night up in the Drakensberg. It’s raw, natural and peaceful. The sunset takes your breath away and when you wake up in a misty cloud, life doesn’t seem real.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I learned that I am in control of my attitude.
This has changed my life significantly.
I have the power to take on any challenge life sends my way...
I have grown emotionally (better relationships with my three siblings) and physically (I do adventure races, Mountain bike races, triathlons, and 21km trail runs).
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
Often, when students come to assist with a leadership weekend, they realize how much background work happens. This is great exposure to the working life for any teenager.
Most students that come as a facilitator assistant come back again and again. One student told me that being in a leadership position has boosted her confidence.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Oooh, definitely the Warriors Academy Gap Year Program - Spring Quest.
We travel to the Drakensberg, Wild Coast, and Orange River in the fifty days.
The Drakensberg, we spend one night on top at Sentinel Peak. No phone reception, no noise, no lights - just bliss.
Wild Coast, we hike 5 days along the coast.
We sleep over at local residents' huts and eat their traditional food. Every time I do this hike I am humbled.
And then there is Orange River Rafting.
Where we sleep under the stars and rise with the sun. It’s tough! It pushes my physical boundaries and mental limits.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Our company is about individuality. In a world where we are all so different, we enjoy each person for who they are. From team members to students.
Every graduation, when the Gap Year students present their final speech, (usually with tears) I am especially proud of my team. Being able to experience the growth each student goes through and having a part in their life change is what I live for.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
We are a family team...
We work together, we holiday together. Everyone has their own strengths and weakness. Working together - we focus on the strengths and we support the weaknesses.
Being part of the Warriors Academy team makes you instant family too :)
Everyone jumps in when help is needed no matter how big or small.