Jorenzo is 18 years old and he is learning to become an aviation service employee. (cabin attendant). Jorenzo used to look at the sky when he was a little boy, and looking at the planes he couldn’t help but think “Why do people get on plains, are they crazy? So dangerous.” But he still felt the urge to try it someday. “I flew to Turkey with Transavia on the 23rd of april 2011, my first flight ever! Transavia has been in my heart ever since. I was so fascinated looking at the cabin attendants, they are so friendly and they are always smiling. They had just met, but it looked like they had known each other for years.” But this is just what we see as passengers, being a cabin attendant is so much more then just serving coffee.”
Little did Jorenzo know, this one flight would awaken his passion for aviation. Flying is the perfect combination of all his interests: topography, cultures, traveling and being free, free from the ground. “I just love that feeling when we have lift of, you feel free, leaving all your troubles behind.”
Jorenzo started his education back in 2016, after 5 years of dreaming about aviation, he could finally make his dream become a reality. “They teach us so many different things during our training, it’s not just about how we have to serve coffee, or how we have to give service to people, we also have to be able to evacuate the plane within 90 seconds! I started my Internship on Schiphol airport, my second home by now. I started with six months of assisting passengers at Schiphol airport. I love meeting different people and hearing their stories!”
“I’m following an attestation training at this moment, completing this training will give me permission to fly. We are learning all the commando’s and this training will teach us how to deal with aggressive passengers and hijacks. It’s a scary idea that this might happen, the chances are slim but we have to be prepared for every situation.”
“I just love Transavia, it’s hard to explain why I like Transavia the most. But look at it this way: I love Céline Dion, not everyone likes her voice, but I love her, it’s a feeling.”
Away from home.
“Transavia makes it possible to return to your homebase. (Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam) You are able to stay at a location overnight when a flight takes longer then 6 hours. And there is also a possibility at KLM to stay in another country to broaden your horizon.”
“What the future will bring for me? I just have to work hard and take one step at a time. Only time will tell. I might welcome you on board someday.”
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Dianne van Wissen started Muzikale Vrienden after a holiday in West-Afrika. Muzikale Vrienden (Musical Friends) is an organization that helps people in Gambia that are in need of scholing or special care.
It all started for Dianne 11 years ago. “I booked a trip to west-Africa in 2007. I came in contact with a social worker, he showed me things a normal tourist would never see. After my trip I decided to return to Gambia for a week to see what kind of work he did from day to day. I especially wantend to see the hinterland, you truly feel like you are going back in time. No running water, no power, no gardens to grow vegetables in, not even good school materials. ”
Dianne couldn’t let go of the idea that she wanted to do more, and started an organization to help the residents. “We did a lot in the past 11 years. We made a lot of things possible like a banana garden, a school kitchen, water taps, a first aid post and a lot of other projects!”
The signing of a new project, with fingerprints because a lot of people can’t read or write:
These pictures truly show what we have done for the residents so far, this is the before and after of a school:
This is the ceremony for the new water tab:
Linda: “I find this story so inspiring and let me tell you a little secret (not so secret) Dianne is my aunt, and I will go to Gambia with her…someday…”
Stichting Muzikale Vrienden van Gambia in Monster, the Netherlands
NL11 RABO 0101 8642 13
“I have always enjoyed working with younger children. So after I graduated SPW from the Deltion College te Zwolle, I decided that I didn’t want work in a Day care centre right away.”
Marjon wanted adventure before she started a new job in the Netherlands. “I was 21 and I wanted to travel. As child I always said that I would travel to the USA some day. And I did! I decided to work as an aupair, I worked with an Aupair organisation in America.”
They organisation will help you to connect with family’s and they will stand by you throughout the proces.
“I had a few calls with different families, it was a very hard choice to make. But finally i decided to go to Virginia to work for a familie with an 8 year old girl. My english was basic at that point, and I needed to improve my English to grow as an aupair. I had a great year with them. I made many new friends, mostly europeans who are in the same program as me. (I still speak to a lot of them, even after all those years.) I decided to do one more year in the USA with another Familie in Connecticut , don’t get me wrong, I loved my familie in Virginia, but I wanted more experience. So I worked for a familie with 3 boys, a 4 year old, a 6 year old and an 8 year old boy. all where great kids, I learned a lot that year. Met new people but I was not as close to them as I was in Virginia.”
Marjon returned to the Netherlands to work as an aupair and started a job as waitress. She enjoyed herself a lot working as a waitress, but the family she worked with was not a good match so it was time for a new adventure!
“I came across an article from Gortz and Crown, a nanny company. I came in contact with the owner and she invited me over for an interview. And I was accepted to the program. I had to follow a course, 2 days a week from 7 till 10 at night in Leiden the Netherlands. By the time I started this course I lived back with my parents again. I had to travel a lot and the costs were high. I worked 2 jobs to be able to pay the train, bus and taxi. it was a long few months but i did it!! I was a proud Gortz and Crown nanny!”
Marjon started to look for a family that was in need of a nanny. The Gortz and Crown organization gave her the contact information to a family in Bahrain. Dutch Mom 7 months pregnant, an English dad and 3 other kids, 4,3,2 years old.
“It was a nice Familie and an interesting environment. The middle east is so different from what I am used too. People are layback relaxt, things don’t get done as we are used to. I will give you an example; when you bring your car to the garage..in Europe they tell u: come tomorrow at 12 and it’s done. In bahrain they will tell u inshallah/tomorrow, and when u come to pick your car up the next day, nothing has happend. They will tell you again, inshallah/tomorrow, but it will not be ready the next day, it will take a week or so. I did lose my temper and shouted, and it was done the next day because that dutch lady was very angry LOL.”
“I called my mom a few times when I just started working in Bahrein, hearing myself say “I am not staying longer then a year!” Today I have been in Bahrain for 9 years. I have build friendships, I have a Bahraini boyfriend and I work for an Arabic Family now for almost 6 years. A lot off people have criticized me why I wanted to live in the Middle East where the terrorist are! There are no Terrorist where I live, Arabic people are friendly and nice.They do have a different lifestyle than us. They have a lot of nannies and maids, also drivers and gardeners. I do life with an VIP family but they are down to earth. Arabic weddings i haven’t been in, but i do have seen them dressing up! I can tell u they go out as Princesses! Woman and men are separated. I did take part in an engagement, all ladies where dressed up fancy, I felt underdressed.
Life in Bahrein is a lot cheaper as it is in Holland so Marjon can do a lot more then what she could do in the Netherlands. “In holland I never took pedicures, manicures or massages. In Bahrain they are cheap, so I do it all the time. Middle eastern ladies like make up, I came to Bahrain with a mascara and 1 eye pencil. Now i have way more than that, so much that I don’t know where to put it. I don’t do my make-up like the arabic ladies do, they use a lot of products and I don’t want to do that to my skin. Their hair is always perfect.
Marjon loves living in Bahrein and could have never expected that she would call Bahrein “home” someday.