My name is Camille, and I am from a small town in northern France called Saint-Omer (Around 15,000 inhabitants). Small today, it was one of the most important cities in the Middle Age, and I was surprised when I realised the famous French writer Victor Hugo even mentions it in several of his books…
BUT it is also a cold and rainy place (Do you picture the famous British weather? Well, it is about the same… ) and I soon wanted to travel as soon as I could and go discover new places. I first went to study for a year in the middle of Ireland (Athlone), where I found myself with so many foreigners just like me. It was such a great experience already (Except for the weather, again ), as I got to learn about so many different cultures all in one place, and I got literally passionate about it. I almost couldn’t speak any English when I got there (school classes did not succeed with me) and I had to go through such difficulties, especially on my arrival day. After a few weeks only, everything was perfect and I was living the dream. By the end of the year, I graduated in International Business and Management and even learnt quite a lot of Italian at the time by living with 7 of them…
I came back to France where I studied as well with foreigners whom I loved to help learn some French. Later, I left for 6 months in Spain (Santander, Cantabria) where I learnt Spanish
After those amazing experiences I wanted another challenge and to try to live outside Europe… + I was dying to experience the “flip-flop life”, as I love to call it
With the help of some friends, I went to finish my master by a 6 months internship in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean… That ended up in almost 3 years living in PARADISE. I launched my company in tourism and made sure that everyone who came on the island would have an amazing AUTHENTIC time there.
Even though I started travelling again lately (I wanted to make sure that DR was the place I wanted to spend my life in by travelling a bit more): I started a WHV in January 2020 in New Zealand, where I spent a blessed year and a half, away from Covid-19
I am now since 1 month in the Cook islands, mainly on Rarotonga, and I love feeling the tropical vibe again. The plan is to stay for 3 months and then to start another WHV in Australia by the end of the year: I definitely feel really blessed and excited about all those upcoming experiences and discoveries that are awaiting!
I definitely feel that learning from others is what makes us richer and that there is always more to learn… That’s also probably a way to make the world a better place
Today I can speak French, Spanish and English fluently. I should practice again Italian as I have lost a lot of what I had learnt a few years back. I started to learn Portuguese, and I love to learn words/sentences in the languages of close people I meet: Turkish, Arabic, Urdu, Russian, Maori, Hebrew… If only I had time to learn them all!
Otherwise, I am also a freelance Social Media moderator and a horse-riding teacher (My passion since I am 3yo) and currently doing a trust-technique course, which is more about taking the relationship with animals around us to another level and help every owner and animal make the best of their relationship.
I really look forward to meeting you all and take care!