Bella wanted to be the first female Chancellor of Germany when she was 12. Angela Merkel came first.
Then, Bella wanted to be the first female Formula-1 driver who is as successful as Michael Schumacher. Let's say driving simply isn't her strength.
Whilst Bella moved on from her childhood dreams, the notion of being a change maker and doing something with impact never left her. She went to live with a host family in Australia at age 16, and wouldn't return to live in Germany until a decade later.
Since then she has finished her schooling in Australia, completed a Bachelor in Edinburgh, Scotland, mastered a Master in London, volunteered in Kenya, and worked with volunteer groups in Brazil and India.
Now she is back to support her passion - social enterprise - through responsible volunteer placements in India.
When I travel, I love connecting with the local people. That's how you truly experience the spirit of a country. I remember a site visit we did in India, Tamil Nadu. We worked with a women's group who produced spirulina to make a livelihood and provide nutrition to children in the surrounding schools. Whilst I was waiting for the volunteers to finish up their meeting, one of the women took me by the hand and led me to her house.
She didn't speak a word of English, and I have to admit that my Tamil is rather rusty. She showed me her house, her animals and her plot. Afterwards, she placed me on the only chair inside the house and warmed up some milk. And there we sat, for a good 20 minutes, sipping hot milk, watching TV together.
Somehow we connected, without words. She smiled at me and gave me a massive hug when we went back to the group.
Her warm welcome and hospitality really touched me, and I realized that this is why I do what I do. Because you connect with people, and you impact their lives in a positive way, no matter how small that impact is.