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The General Agricultural Competition was first held in 1870 to select and recognise France's best regional products and breeding animals. It is an age-old event with an eminently cutting-edge mission: to showcase the exceptional biodiversity in French breeding and gastronomy. Each year, more than 30.000 professionals and visitors are exploring the show to find out what's happening in the sector, meeting with their peers and assisting to the Concours Général Agricole. Under the watchful eye of its famous mascot cow, the International Agricultural Show runs from late February to early March, and is all about coming together – a reunion edition. The 2022 reunion between the French and their Agriculture promises to be intense, according to Jean-Luc Poulain, farmer and President of Ceneca and of the International Agricultural Show. The show focuses on the stronger-than-ever bond between farmers and consumers. With a real desire expressed by exhibitors and visitors alike to be able to enjoy the social side again, declares Valérie le Roy, Director of the International Agricultural Show. The stage is set for the largest trade fair in the agricultural industry, an essential ritual where new encounters, discussions and the sharing of ideas all play their part. Through their cow mascot (Neige), symbolising agriculture, they work on a triptych at each edition of the Show: region, product, person 4-year-old Neige owes her name to 3 symbols: the snow that covers the mountain pastures from November to May. Snow, the emblem of Savoy and the mountains. And the Abondance breed, which is said to be white only where the snow can touch it: on the muzzle, under the belly and on the legs. And yet Neige was born in summer, at an altitude of 1600 metres, on a ski slope, just under the chairlift in the Grand-Bornand resort, on the Maroly mountain pasture to be precise, where she grazes in the good weather. A most unusual birth! Neige was selected to represent the breed and feature on the poster for the 2022 edition of the Show, because she is the perfect illustration of the Abondance breed: a mahogany-red magpie coat, a head with a thick white quiff. Light-coloured horns and red spectacle-shaped markings around the eyes that reduce the sun's glare and therefore make her perfectly suited to the mountain environment. Although it represents only 1% of the national herd, Abondance is the 4th largest French dairy breed with nearly 60,000 cows. A local breed par excellence, 75% of the herds are located in the two Savoys, with nearly 50% in Haute-Savoie, and 20% in the Massif-Central. Perfectly suited to the mountain regions from which it originates, the Abondance breed is very hardy, is capable of travelling long distances and adapts well to temperature variations. It also contributes to the development of rural areas, particularly in the mountains, and to the reduction of inputs thanks to the manure. Appreciated for its longevity and calving abilities, the breed’s unique qualities have enabled it to settle in the Italian Alps but also beyond Europe: in Egypt, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, and certain mountainous countries. Proof of its adaptability to difficult breeding conditions. A dairy, mountain-dwelling and rustic breed, the Abondance is involved in the production of 14 cheeses with IGP or PDO appellations such as Abondance, Beaufort, Reblochon and Tome des Bauges. For 2022, the Show chose a theme that is meaningful and, today more than ever, rooted in our reality - "Agriculture: our daily life, your future". Because the recent crises have revealed a combative agriculture. But also, consumers who are ever more attentive to the quality of their food, who have (re) discovered the essential role of farmers and their daily work. Now, more than ever, the challenge is to build a common future. The theme has a double meaning. First, from the point of view of the farmers, for whom everything that makes up their daily life - their work, their training, their difficulties, their adaptations, and their mission to provide food - serves the future of the French population. A mission that can only be carried out under certain conditions (local, fair price, recognition, etc.). But this also holds true from the point of view of consumers and visitors to the Show who, by purchasing agricultural products, are safeguarding the future of farmers. Consumers want to be in full possession of the facts (traceability, food safety, knowledge of the breeders' and producers' professions etc.). Meet livestock farmers, sample numerous varieties of goat’s cheese with a cheese-maker who has been recognised as one of the finest cheese-making craftsmen in France, attend educational and culinary workshops to learn about the various stages involved in producing cheese and different ways of making goat's cheese... and also play and play to win. The annual General Agricultural Competition serves as a unique launching pad for local products, dairy products and wines, and a showcase for the excellent qualities of French breeding. Candidates participating in the General Agricultural Competition benefit by acquiring more legitimacy within their profession and in the eyes of the general public. It also raises awareness and singles out up-and-coming young professionals who are committed to agriculture. Competitions include prizes for the best wine tasters and best livestock judges for students from agricultural schools.

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I am a Zambian born, comes from a family of 8 and the youngest of the Mwila’s. My siblings always thought I was spoilt because I was the youngest, but I don’t think so! I was born in a town called Mufulira on the Copper belt side of Zambia in 1981,the Copper belt province is rich with mineral finds and Mines, hence the name. I am Married to Eric and we have a beautiful daughter called Chanda, she is 15 years. I completed my matric in 1999 and my mother advised me to study food production since I loved cooking, I did it for her though it was a course that I never dreamt of studying. I graduated successfully and worked for 2 years as a chef, got tired of cooking, I dodged that career and went into studying computers, worked as a receptionist and studied Human resources at the same time and obtained a diploma. I worked for a courier company as a Human Resources assistant. In 2012, I moved to South Africa, Cape Town when I got married, joined a Mobile Money company called Zoona with operations in Zambia, and I worked there for 5 years as a support agent. Zoona is an African Fintech company founded in 2009 with the vision of helping communities thrive. Since launching, it created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. I enjoyed working for this company because we really helped girl child prevail. Apart from the above, I am a lover of interior designing, and my wish is to have one of the most successful Interior business one day, through my passion for interior, I designed my sister’s Kitchen area, how amazing!!! I love cooking and baking (especially Cake pops), they are my favorites!!! I love adventure, gardening and working out too, I am a gym freak. Most importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones. I reflect a varied personality, including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, and yet calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy. I believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success. Having worked in Customer care I have gained extensive experience in; Empathy, Adaptability, Ability to Use Positive Language, Clear Communication Skills, Self-Control, Taking Responsibility and Patience.

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Our mission is to equip farmers and agro-businesses around the world with the most relevant and powerful actionable agronomic insights. By changing the basic concept of irrigation methods, and based on plants’ current necessities, our unique technology is proven to save water on global scales while improving productivity and yields. SupPlant’s unique AI-powered system uses an advanced algorithm that analyzes live data from plants, soil, and meteorology sensors, and translates it into irrigation recommendations and actionable insights. SupPlant’s reliable and accurate sensors are placed at five locations: the fruit, leaf, and stem/trunk of the plant, as well as in deep and shallow soil. These sensors monitor plant stress, plant and fruit growth patterns, real-time and forecasted weather conditions, and soil water content. SupPlant uses a proprietary dataset created from Big Data collected over 1500 growing seasons. This data is combined with your plants’ data and fed into SupPlant’s unique agronomist-supported algorithm, which yields high resolution, real-time, and forecasted insights and irrigation recommendations. This ensures healthy and robust harvests with optimal water usage.

 Listings /  Asia

I have four passions in life. My sport, family, work and God. Each I pursue with dogged determination to be better and to excel. The greatest blessing and experience in life is the privilege of life is having a loving and supporting wife and incredible children. My relationship with each of them is treasured above all. I am blessed in that I am healthy, enjoy the blessing of life and am extremely active. I am thrilled to be able to compete on the international stage for home and country. Success therein is just a cherry on top. Career and work has been an incredible experience. Knowing what I wanted to be early in high school and achieving such has brought about economic emancipation and a lifestyle I could only dream about as a little boy. I bask in the success and abilities given to me and the blessing poured out in great abundance.

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Farmingportal/Agricultureportal is "the home of real Professional commercial famers". Updated 7 days a week, 365 days per year with prime selected news, some compiled by Farmers with many years of real practical farming experience. NO subscriptions, or exclusive paid or BLOCKED articles - "Good News" you can trust - No irritating POP UP ADS, ADWORDS or unwanted Junk ADS "likes" or comments - Our daily users are real Professional Commercial Farmers with the ability to create wealth, coming from real family owned farming families with years of experience. These farmers have the ability to buy the best Farming and machinery available and they are easy adopters of New Technologies. Decision makers and leaders in farming and Agriculture in Africa and around the world. - Our Advertisers are leaders in their field with a professional way in marketing and delivering their services to Farmers and their families.

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La Hacienda Santa Teresa se encuentra ubicada en el Estado Aragua, al norte de Venezuela. Esta hacienda fue fundada en 1796 por el Conde de Tovar y es la destilería más antigua del país. Actualmente, funciona como museo, complejo agroindustrial, complejo turístico y complejo deportivo.​ Su gran especialidad es la producción del ron venezolano, sin embargo, también se ha convertido en una de las empresas más importantes del país gracias a que desarrollan diversas iniciativas sociales y económicas. La historia de la destilería comienza en 1796, cuando el Conde de Tovar funda una gran plantación de caña de azúcar en los alrededores de una de las haciendas más respetables de la época. A su muerte, la hacienda pasa a su hija Teresa, quien le da origen al nombre de estas instalaciones como Hacienda Santa Teresa. En 1885 Julius Vollmer adquiere la Hacienda y es el responsable de impulsar estas tierras montando la destilería de ron con la adquisición de un alambique europeo de cobre. Hoy en día, la destilería Hacienda Santa Teresa de Venezuela continúa en manos de la familia Vollmer, ya en su quinta generación. Gracias a su ubicación y al mantenimiento de los cultivos de caña de azúcar en las instalaciones de la hacienda, el proceso de recolección de la materia prima se hace en aproximadamente 24 horas. Una vez que la caña de azúcar se encuentra en la destilería, en la Central Azucarera pasa por un proceso que la convierte en una melaza oscura y muy espesa, caracterizada por su alta calidad. Seguidamente, esta melaza se pone a fermentar con la levadura seleccionada y que pertenece a la destilería. La Hacienda Santa Teresa cuenta con dos destilerías en su complejo: la más antigua, donde se destilan alcoholes artesanales con el que se elaboran destilados especiales; y la más nueva, de la que salen alcoholes tanto suaves como pesados. El añejamiento del ron Santa Teresa se realiza en barricas de roble blanco americano y de roble francés Limousin, con un mínimo de 24 meses de reposo, aunque muchos de ellos superan los 25 años de envejecimiento. La mezcla definitiva del ron venezolano de Hacienda Santa Teresa lo deciden los maestros roneros, y se caracterizan por ser un resultado de la mezcla de rones jóvenes y rones añejos. En 2014 fue considerada como la Mejor Destilería de Ron del Mundo en el Congreso Internacional del Ron. Y sus rones han recibido muchos premios y menciones internacionales. Además de su actividad principal, el destilado de ron, en la Hacienda Santa Teresa es posible disfrutar de otras experiencias, tales como la Cata Santa Teresa 1976, realizar un taller de coctelería y hacer la ruta Santa Teresa que consiste en un recorrido por las instalaciones para conocer el proceso productivo del ron y descubrir lo que los motivo a incluir el Rugby como uno de sus pilates de transformación. Finalmente, la Hacienda Santa Teresa también pone a disposición sus instalaciones para las realizaciones de una gran variedad de eventos.

 Listings /  South America

I'm the family person, hard-working woman, a mom of a handsome boy, adventures and a God fearing woman. I worked at the Department of Health as an Administration Clerk for 5 years. We've opened an N.P.O Youth Initiative. We are developing youth in programs such as soccer, reading and our culture. We conduct awareness campaigns about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We facilitate the formation of support groups. And I have passion in farming. We started poultry farming and rabbits and we are selling the eggs in our community. I've done short course in Financial Management at University of Forte at PFMA.

 Listings /  Africa

Why Sustainable Farms? Farm dams, creeks, remnant vegetation, native grasses and rocky outcrops are well-known features of farming landscapes. They are also valuable natural assets. Our long-term ecology research on farms, supplemented by investigations into economics and mental health, shows that protecting and restoring natural assets on farms has multiple benefits. Healthy natural assets support biodiversity and landscape function, which in turn underpin agricultural production. From small, quick projects such as fencing a rocky outcrop, to longer-term investments such as planting a native shelterbelt, natural asset enhancements have something to offer for all farms and farming systems. The Sustainable Farms project is locally embedded, working in the NSW South West Slopes, Central West, Murray-Riverina and North East Victoria. Together with farmers, land managers, NRM agencies, industry groups and Landcare, we’re working towards a common goal: healthy farms, healthy farmers and healthy profits. Our team of expert ecologists based in regional NSW and Victoria conduct long-term biodiversity surveys on farms to understand the role of natural assets. Their work is the continuation of more than twenty years of long-term monitoring in the region. Our field team live and work in regional communities, sharing their ecological knowledge with the community, and learning directly from farmers who are undertaking natural asset management projects on their farms. These conversations sparked the genesis of Sustainable Farms, and help demonstrate the important role biodiversity plays in supporting ecosystem services and farm productivity.

 Listings /  Oceania/Antarctic

WWOOF is an exchange network operating in many countries where accommodation, meals and learning are given in return for help to hosts. A WWOOF host invites people to come to their place to work, usually about 4 to 6 hours a day, in return for their daily food, boarding and the experience of sharing daily life with the people who live and work at the host. Stays of varying lengths are possible. Each WWOOF group is a separate and independent organisation. There is no head office of WWOOFing in the world. WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms, UK (WWOOF™ UK) is part of a worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers, promote a cultural and educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming and sustainability practices. WWOOF’s goal is to provide individuals from all around the world the opportunity to: gain practical skills in organic farming and gardening experience rural living while sharing in the everyday life of your host further the organic and sustainability movement participate in a cultural exchange WWOOF’s further goal is to: create a network within the ecological movement. Promote, inform and educate about agro-ecological farming and sustainability. Present ecological methods as viable alternatives promote solidarity between people as well as an ethical economy, living, learning & sharing organic lifestyles. The founding idea of WWOOF is to facilitate exchanges around organic use of the land in pursuit of a way of living in harmony with nature. WWOOF provides a way for people to learn about organic food, agriculture and sustainable ways of living. In doing so, it brings together people who share similar values and philosophies. WWOOF aims to provide helping hands to its hosts, and at the same time allows visitors to learn what it means to grow one's own food sustainably. The acronym "WWOOF" originally stood for Working Weekends On Organic Farms. These days, some call it Willing Workers On Organic Farms or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Organic farming is the primary activity hosts do, however there are sometimes variations of this. In an effort to provide access to a greater diversity of experience, where it could be possible to learn and experience what might be called an organic lifestyle was recognised and in response some WWOOF groups have hosts that are, for example, places like health and healing centers, pottery and arts, building and restoring buildings, organic restaurants, dealing with animals, eco villages, brewing and production of foods, nature guide centre, centers for the environment. To find out what kind of hosts the WWOOF group in the country you are going to has, check their website and write to the coordinator of that group to ask them.

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Growing With Grace provides local communities with fresh, locally grown organic foods. Growing With Grace has been growing and supplying organic vegetables for coming up to 20 years. We provide weekly Organic Veg Boxes & Grocery Deliveries to Lancaster and surrounding areas, South Cumbria, Skipton, the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley and Otley. Also, we sell directly from the farm shop at the nursery. We are a community cooperative farm that is dedicated to supplying sustainably grown produce to local people and businesses. Growing in nearly 2 acres of glasshouses, we pride ourselves on producing the best quality organic vegetables, salad, and fruits in the region. Growing with Grace is a cooperative and social enterprise growing and selling organic produce for social, environmental and financial profit, with financial surpluses primarily reinvested back into the business, or to shareholder dividends when viable. We are committed to helping sustain local communities, supporting people and safeguarding the environment through sustainable agriculture. We grow all our crops in compost made on site from local green waste. We source our produce in the following order of priority: own crop / local producers within 40 miles / Yorkshire and Lancashire / UK / Europe / rest of the world. We source ‘fair trade’ products whenever possible. We do not supply any food that is air-freighted. In 5 large greenhouses we grow a wide range of traditional and unusual crops for our veg boxes, farm shop, and our retail and wholesale outlets. Our glasshouses are a spectacular mix of abundant vegetable crops and flourishing nature, as we cultivate flowers and wildlife as an essential part of our organic system.

 Listings /  United Kingdom

Dal 1435 la famiglia Mazzei produce vini unici con spirito e passione che si rinnovano di generazione in generazione. A Fonterutoli nel Chianti Classico come a Belguardo e a Zisola vive la stessa filosofia nella valorizzazione dei vitigni autoctoni. Contemporanei dal 1435. 600 anni di attività vitivinicola, ricerca e valorizzazione del territorio nel Chianti Classico, in Maremma e Sicilia. Visita la spettacolare cantina di Castello di Fonterutoli. Da oltre sei secoli, la nostra famiglia si dedica all’attività vitivinicola con passione e impegno che si rinnovano di generazione in generazione. La continua ricerca di nuovi orizzonti qualitativi ci ha portato a estendere le nostre attività su diverse frontiere enologiche, da quella storica del Castello di Fonterutoli nel Chianti classico, verso due realtà altrettanto promettenti: Belguardo nella Maremma Toscana e Zisola nella Sicilia Sud-Orientale. Attraverso il loro potenziale espressivo vogliamo declinare in contesti diversi il nostro patrimonio di esperienza, sempre nel rispetto delle caratteristiche e delle specificità di questi grandi “terroirs”. La costante attenzione a questi valori si riflette su tutti i nostri vini, per la soddisfazione dei “connaisseurs” di tutto il mondo che riconoscono nel nome Mazzei uno dei punti di riferimento del panorama enologico italiano. Con questo spirito lavoriamo per continuare a meritare la fiducia dei nostri estimatori, nel presente e nel futuro. Since 1435 the Mazzei family has been producing unique wines with spirit and passion that are renewed from generation to generation. In Fonterutoli in the Chianti Classico as in Belguardo and in Zisola, the same philosophy lives in the enhancement of native vines. Contemporary since 1435. 600 years of winemaking, research and enhancement of the territory in the Chianti Classico, Maremma and Sicily. Visit the spectacular Castello di Fonterutoli winery. For over six centuries, our family has been dedicated to the wine business with passion and commitment that are renewed from generation to generation. The continuous search for new qualitative horizons has led us to extend our activities on different oenological frontiers, from the historical one of the Castello di Fonterutoli in the classic Chianti, towards two equally promising realities: Belguardo in the Tuscan Maremma and Zisola in South-Eastern Sicily. Through their expressive potential we want to decline our wealth of experience in different contexts, always respecting the characteristics and specificities of these great “terroirs”. The constant attention to these values ​​is reflected in all our wines, to the satisfaction of the "connaisseurs" from all over the world who recognize in the name Mazzei one of the reference points of the Italian wine scene. With this spirit we work to continue to deserve the trust of our admirers, in the present and in the future.

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Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am currently living in South Africa at Cape Town for seven years. I am single from now and busy shaping my programming skills and IT knowledge at Cape Peninsula university of technology (CPUT). I am a software developer, I am always keen to discover and learn about new technology and invention in IT world, I have a good understanding of programming languages, internet cloud services and Desktop support CompTIA A+. I am a self-motivated person, reliable, determined, very skilful in communication, fast learner with an open mind to expose myself into new world and concept. Live is a journey about challenges and discovering that’s why I am always ready to face new challenge in technology and software world. I really like to play guitar and read books about science and others because knowledge for me is one of the keys to open doors, make a difference and discovering new area in live.

 Listings /  Africa

I have a love for the outdoors, the sea, and try to spend time as much time as possible partaking in activities in these environments. It is all about balance. From a corporate perspective I have extensive experience in management from the various industries I have been involved in namely:- Military - submarine branch Manufacturing Technical training Advertising ICT Lottery & Gaming Industry Automotive industry Drone Industry (UAV) Steel Fabrication Industry I have now reached a stage in my career where it is becoming more important to coach and mentor individuals, a key outcome of my time in Zambia. I am a very practical and technical person and pay particular attention to detail. I believe relationships are currency and have to be built on a foundation of honesty and trust. I am a very healthy and motivated individual. My major corporate achievements have been the implementation and setup of the 1st and current South African National Lotteries and my most recent achievement has been the setup of a Scratch Card Lottery in Zambia. One is never too old to experience and learn new things, I have now entered the digital arena, this is certainly exiting and the way forward.

 Listings /  Africa

I am a young vibrant lady full of energy and emotions. Born and raised in Kinshasa, DR Congo in a family of 5 children. I am the 3rd. I have studied nursing, I worked for few years as a nurse then I have changed professions and followed the path of customer service. My love for meeting new people and helping people resolve their issues has brought me there. I love challenges and I am not afraid to face one. I always say to myself "Your body is ready, I just need to set up your mind". I am married to an Amazing man, Mirand since 2018 and together we have an adorable energetic 2 years old Girl Ryleigh. I love cooking, entertainment and traveling. I spend a lot of time on TV and social media. I have a YouTube channel about food and live style : Lady Mag. I am a big fan of movies and stand-up comedies. I am more of a family person, I love my family members and keep each one of them dearly in my heart. I am a spiritual person, I believe in Jesus Christ. I love kids, I have been in service of the Kids Ministry in church since 2007. I enjoy being around Kids and teaching them about life and spirituality. I am an open person, always ready to hear more and learn more. Oh and... I talk a lot! I enjoy talking.

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My name is Noxolo Femele and I'm 42 years of age and I have 2 kids both are girls age 17 and 13 years of age. I have worked at 43 Air School as a Receptionist for the past 5 year, and while I was there I used to help out at the Admin area and at Marketing department. That's where I had lead me on having the ambition to become 1 of the Managers but unfortunately we got retrenched. And I moved and work at Lendcor group as a Sales consultant for 1 year 6 months same we got retrenched. That's where I decided to start my small business just to put food on the table until now, but things are not doing well due to Covid-19.

 Listings /  Africa

I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant, and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer, but due to financial constraints, I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated, communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.

 Listings /  Africa

I am Elnet Girly Ndlovu. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I graduated from high school in the year 2012 and am currently studying for a higher certificate in economics and management sciences through the university of South Africa. I have also obtained a certificate in business administration and Computer literacy of which I seek to study further to do entrepreneurship. I began my career as a customer service representative in 2014. Naturally, I have a growth mindset that enables me to grow and to help me by learning from mistakes to improve myself continually. I am kind, loving, caring and a person who is full of empathy often. I am a go-getter, positive, bubbly person who loves a positive fun filled environment. I am self-motivated and also enjoy motivating my team members. I work well in a team or individually. I am passionate about education, uplifting others, entrepreneurship and making a better society for the future generation to come while walking the journey of self-discovery I have more than four years experience in customer service and administration combined with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Administrative Assistance, Meeting Scheduling, Executive Support. I have excellent interpersonal skills, I am also a fast learner and adapt quickly to a new environment My hobbies are reading books, listening to music, walking and learning new things.

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My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.

 Members /  Greater Europe

I’m Toni-Leigh, born and bred in the Mother City of Cape Town. My fiancé and I, are parents to a lively 2-year-old girl who arrived 5 years after losing our 3-year-old son to a rare genetic disease. I love learning new things. Growing up, I was a voracious reader, reading anything and everything (even the classifieds and property ads) and with the advancement of technology over the years, I can have information at the tip of my fingers, so I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m a fast learner. I’ve always had an interest in Information Technology and was the go-to person in my office before my colleagues would go to the IT office, and now I’m looking into further studies so that I can develop my knowledge and skills. In 2005, I graduated from Varsity College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism with aspirations of travelling worldwide in my profession. Things didn’t quite work out that way, having worked in retail and a company assisting young people to live and work in the UK. In the last decade or so, I’ve been in the tourism industry behind the scenes, working for an online holiday accommodation booking agency and more recently a company that does tours and safaris in Southern Africa. I also do freelance work remotely, such as, captioning for a speech-to-text service and social media evaluation. I am an introvert but enjoy working with and being in the company of others, while also enjoying being on my own. In the past I used to view being an introvert as a weakness because those higher up in the ranks of the companies I worked for were extroverted but in recent times I realised how much of a strength it is being an introvert as I also have a strong sense of empathy, which I believe is key in Customer Service and building interpersonal relationships with colleagues and clients. I’m passionate about customer service and going the extra mile and l love that feeling of knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day whether big or small. People tend to describe me as hardworking, punctual, efficient, dependable and trustworthy. Covid-19 affected the tourism industry drastically, however, I still want to travel anywhere I can, just soaking up the different cultures and experiences. The last year has been both challenging and rewarding and it has made me see things in a different light and so it has been somewhat of a new beginning for me. I am motivated now more than ever to seek out new passions and adventures and to get out of my comfort zone.

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Wamkelekile (‘Welcome’ in isiXhosa) to one and all! My name is Iman Martin – ‘Iman’ having both Arabic and African meanings for ‘faith’. Just like my name, I come from a multicultural background: my mom has Indian and Malaysian origins, while my dad is from the Griqua people/clan in South Africa. In the same vein, I am a Muslim and have Christian relatives, with who I am very close. It is because of my diverse background that I feel I was raised to be both tolerant and respectful towards those that are of a different culture, religion, or ethnicity. Cape Town has been the only home I know, and I’ve never ventured far out of it. I do however envision myself travelling to different parts of the world a few years from now. I am passionate about women’s empowerment and women having the choice to choose for themselves! I have recently graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Social Work (Psychology Major) and placed on the Dean’s Merit List, awarded for consistent academic achievement. Through hard work and perseverance, I was fortunate to have received a scholarship from the Department of Social Development for three of my four years of study. My mini-thesis explored the experiences and challenges of 1st-year students at UCT adjusting to university. Studying social work has not only allowed me to better understand those around me and their thought processes but also, to better understand myself and the possible reasons why I am the way I am. As part of my course requirements, I had to complete field practicals – by putting the theory that I was learning in class to practice in a real-world environment. My field practice experience ranged along a spectrum: from providing social work services to underprivileged youth in a primary school in Bonteheuwel, to interning in the more affluent area of Upper Wynberg, at an international school. This experience further fostered my innate empathy and non-judgemental outlook for those around me. I am someone who is not afraid to get my hands dirty, work hard and help out where I can: currently job hunting, I have occasionally been helping my father with renovations to his property that include painting, plastering, applying putty, etc. This has taught me many practical things that I hope to apply when I own my own house one day. A few months before now, I worked as a Personal Assistant to a therapist and social worker. This was a remote job that taught me valuable organisation and time-management skills. In my early years of study, I found myself working a sales assistant job at the Robben Island Museum Gateway store, and found that my favourite part of the job was interacting with the different tourists that happened upon our humble store and hearing their stories – where they were from and why they decided to visit SA, etc. I love reading, and since a young age, I’ve been considered a bookworm. I mainly enjoy supernatural and sci-fi novels and webcomics, as well as other forms of content such as newspaper and magazine articles (need to know what’s happening in the world around me). English was also my favourite subject at school, and I think this was also encouraged by my English-teacher mother, who was quick to correct any incorrect grammar and pronunciation when my siblings and I spoke incorrectly. I often assisted her in marking her learners’ English examination scripts and as a result, am quick to pick up on spelling or grammatical errors. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dog Ninja, and photography. This has led me to submit a piece that is currently being exhibited at the Zeits Mocca Art Museum, in their long-running ‘Home is Where The Art Is’ exhibition. Furthermore, my faith has given me strength through the darkest times and taught me to be tolerant and understanding of those around me. I am still very much figuring life and myself out as I go along and am always open to learning from those around me.

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