Merilene Hartley joined the Born in Africa programme when she was at Kranshoek Primary. She is one of five siblings raised by a single mother. Her father sadly past away when she was still in primary school. Merilene 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. During the holidays she worked as a waitress at a well known local resort in Plettenberg Bay.
Once graduated from high school, we enrolled Merilene to complete an eight month course through the Eden Hospitality group in The Crags. The course focused 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 two month course in 2016. Since then Merilene is now 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!