Lee-Ann Joubert – Disaster Management Officer, Garden Route District Municipality

My name is Lee-Ann Joubert, originally from Port Alfred and I am 23 years old. I chose Stenden because of my passion to study Disaster Management, and I always knew I wanted to work within the emergency management sector. I enjoyed the whole experience of studying at Stenden, the organisation’s culture and diversity added to the uniqueness of the campus.

I did my Internship at the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) for 8 month and my contract got extended for another year. I am fortunate enough to be back at the GRDM and was recently appointed as a Disaster Management Officer. I  am looking forward to this new journey of my life and excited to actually do what I studied for.  I would like to give credit and to, and thank Mr Pieter Smit (Career Development Coach) as he was with me throughout my journey at Stenden, until my full time employment at the Garden Route District Municipality.

Jess van Schalkwyk – Digital Channels Coordinator for All Hands and Heart

My name is Jess van Schalkwyk and I am the Digital Channels Coordinator for All Hands and Heart – Smart Response, the leading Volunteer-powered International Disaster Relief organisation.

When you ask people what their dream job is, most will say that they want to work with people and help make a difference in the world. Working for All Hands and Hearts has meant that I am able to do this in a truly tangible way and be a part of a global community that embodies what every society should aspire to be. I can honestly say that I love my job and that choosing to study Disaster Management at Stenden, South Africa was the best decision I ever made. Although it is challenging and there are days where you feel like there is nothing going right, there are so many more days where the impact we are making restores my own hope in humanity and helps me to see that being a Disaster Manager is exactly what I want to be doing.