Area Representative & Marketer Western Cape, Northern Cape & Free State
Hello future travellers! My name is Anika Groenewald and I have been lucky enough to spend 2 years of my life living on the other side of the world where I got to live my absolute best life while experiencing the “American dream”.
I lived in the suburbs of 2 major cities, New York and Chicago and made both of these cities my playground while living there. My weekends were filled with friends, trains into the city, exploring parks, coffee shops, trying all kinds of different foods and cuisines, taking pictures at multiple “must visit” monuments and buildings and oh my it was like living in a movie!! Besides these two places I was fortunate enough to travel to a variety of different states in the US ranging from Long Island, Washington DC, Delaware, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
The travel bug definitely got a hold on me and I am glad it did because there is so much beauty and exciting things to see and experience in the world besides your own country and what you are used to and I cannot wait to see where my next travel destination will be someday and also help you get to yours!
Working for OVC gives me the chance to do the same for so many others as they did for me the first time back in 2017 when I started my first adventure with their help and guidance. So what are you waiting for- Get yourself and passport ready, the world is waiting for you!
I would like to think that I chose to work for OVC but in hindsight, I look back and know that OVC chose me.
When my dreams of travelling were upon my door I found myself in the UK at the OVC Hostel in Earls Court crying my eyes out wondering where to start and why oh why had my pride led me to this familiar, yet strange land.
It was there on that lower bunk bed that I was comforted by my fellow OVCers and I found a way to make things work and become the person that I am today.
I had no idea at that time of my life that everything is a circle and that one day I would be managing my own OVC franchise.
My travels started in the UK and got more adventurous the longer I stayed. I can honestly say that I loved every single moment of my time travelling and most clients ask me if I had the chance to do it over would I, and my answer is always the same: "In a heartbeat."
The saying is that you can not choose your family - this is how I feel about OVC, it is in my blood. I believe that young South Africans should have the opportunity to travel and to learn more about other cultures, but more importantly about themselves, become independent so that when they return to SA they can come back and lead us.
My wish is to help make a positive difference in my clients own adventures and in a funny way, I am living mine every day all over again.