Robyn den Dunnen – Groups and Events Trainee at The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

My name is Robyn den Dunnen and I am currently completing my BCom Hospitality Degree through Stenden South Africa.
On the 1st of October 2019, I started my 21-week internship at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town in the Groups and Events Department. I have always had a passion for events management am fortunate enough to have completed both my events minors overseas on Grand Tour.

Throughout my time at the Mount Nelson, I have learnt an incredible amount about luxury hospitality as well as the process of organising and managing events.

Within 21 weeks of being at the Mount Nelson, I was fortunate enough to have been appointed permanently as a Groups and Events Coordinator. I am extremely excited for what my future holds and am looking forward to a career in the events industry.

Thank you to Stenden South Africa for all the dedication towards their students and the efforts towards placing students in excellent properties.

Sange Loliwe – Front Office Trainee at The Oyster Box Hotel, Red Carnation Hotels

Yesterday was such a bittersweet day as it marked the last day of my internship. I was very fortunate to have been placed at the iconic Oyster Box Hotel part of Red Carnation Hotels – part of the TTC family of brands for 6 months to train in the Front Office Department. I really enjoyed being part of a team where there was a culture of sharing knowledge, a passion for hospitality and a drive to continuously improve. I have learnt a great deal over the past months of which I am sure will be of great help in my hospitality journey. The end of a chapter marks the beginning of a new one and I am very excited for what lies ahead!

Natasha Wood – The World Residence at Sea

My name is Natasha Wood, I studied a B. Com in Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa. I participated in the Grand Tour Program to study the International Human Resource Management Minor in Doha, Qatar. Furthermore, to complete the degree an Internship in the industry is required in which Stenden helps to place students in the best properties worldwide. I was fortunate enough to be able to do my placement on The World Residence at Sea, the globes largest residential yacht.

The World Residence at Sea is a World of its own with 165 privately owned apartments in which folks live in part time and some residents full time. The vessel travels the entire World over a period of two years. During my placement I chose the Hotel Internship Program to complete, this included front of house departments such as Front Office and Concierge allowing time to be exposed to the sub departments such as Night Auditor and Travel Coordinator over a period of three months onboard.

The benefit of working onboard The World is networking is performed with fellow crew members who are from various countries worldwide. More so, traveling whilst working is another advantage as I was able to travel to the following 9 countries over the three-month period; Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore.

Moreover, when working on The World the shifts worked allow for the crew to be able to go ashore and explore the country docked or anchored in. However, the working hours are 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for a continuous three months. Furthermore, when working in the Concierge department the crew members in the department have the opportunity to accompany the participants, this is paid for by the company as each tour has to have a ship guide with them to ensure the outing is seamless.

This is an amazing opportunity as you are able to visit and join in on amazing opportunities in which I did such as; Enjoy lunch at a One Star Michelin star restaurant in Bangkok, Cruise through the picturesque Ha Long Bay and Kayak through the caves in Vietnam and not to mention the beautiful skylines in the cities docked in such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and much more.

One of my highlights from studying at Stenden South Africa was being able to do my internship on The World Residence at Sea which was a life time experience. This would not have been possible without the help of Mr. Steyn, the Career Coach at Stenden South Africa.

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