Born in Africa stimulates social and educational development in children, striving to create economically self-sustainable adults

Born in Africa stimulates social and educational
development in children, striving to create economically
self-sustainable adults

Merilene Hartley

Merilene Hartley joined the BIA program when she was in primary school, at Kranshoek Primary.  She is one of 5 siblings, raised by Elizabeth as a single mother.  Her father sadly past away when she was still in primary school.  She completed her high school career at Plett Secondary in 2014.  

She developed her love for the tourism industry when she was still high school student, with Tourism being one of her school subjects.  Also during the holidays she worked as a waitress at a well known local resort in Plettenberg Bay.

Once graduated from high school, we enrolled her to complete an 8 month course through the Eden Hospitality group in the Crags.  The course focussed on all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry and exposed the students to various elements of working in restaurants, hotels, running functions and much more.  The experience Merilene gained there motivated her next step.  She was enrolled at the Future Flyers Academcy in Cape Town and completed her 2 month course in 2016.  Since then Merilene is registered as a qualified Flight Attendant.  She has also passed her learners licence and started undergoing training to obtain her drivers licence at the end of 2016. With all of this she was ready in 2017 to start looking for a job, good luck!