Annemay Pennarts – Events Management Minor 2019
From the moment I started at Stenden University I already decided that I wanted to go on Grand Tour in my third year. I love to travel, discover new cultures and meet new people. Therefore, staying in Leeuwarden was no option for me.
After my amazing experience at the Stenden campus in Qatar, I flew to South Africa. Two different worlds, but in my opinion the greatest combination you can make. I visited South Africa 10 years ago and I can remember that I was amazed by the culture, mentality of the people and the overall vibes. That’s why I came back to South Africa to experience this on an enhanced level.
Currently, I am following a minor in Event Management and we are busy organising an event for UFWH (Universities Fighting World Hunger). On this day we will fast for a period of time to create awareness for people who are going to bed on an empty stomach, but also to raise money for the Soup Kitchen in Port Alfred. We will participate with not only all the students of Stenden South Africa but also Stenden Bali, Thailand, Qatar and the Netherlands are participating at the same time.
In my free time I am busy with volunteering at the Peter Pan school in the townships of Port Alfred. It is really impressive but also really thankful work. I really enjoy playing with the children and I go there every Wednesday.
Unfortunately, I broke my hand on the first day I arrived in South Africa, but it does not stop me from exploring the country. Every weekend we rent a car and drive to different places around the Eastern and Western Cape. Being integrated in the South African life and making new friends is one of the most valuable aspects of Grand Tour.