Our Team

Our most important strength is our fantastic team. We put our students first and always go the extra mile to ensure that the bright young people who come here stay safe and go home happy.
Alicia Campbell
CO-ORDINATOR OPERATIONS
Leigh Houghton
ADMINISTRATION
Ghosain Baderoen
CO-ORDINATOR
Corien Bijl
INTERN
Rae Ripepi
CO-ORDINATOR
Claire van het Bolscher
DIRECTOR
Alicia Campbell
CO-ORDINATOR OPERATIONS
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Leigh Houghton
ADMINISTRATION
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Ghosain Baderoen
CO-ORDINATOR
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Corien Bijl
INTERN
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Rae Ripepi
CO-ORDINATOR
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Claire van het Bolscher
DIRECTOR
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Alicia Campbell
CO-ORDINATOR OPERATIONS

Alicia boasts with a broad portfolio of experience developing and mentoring the youth. She has an undying passion to assist the youth in holistic growth and to create platforms to grow and develop inter-cultural experiences. She spent many years working with youth groups in sports and after school development programmes. Her sporty, fun-loving, energetic and warm personality gives students at all levels the confidence to confide in her. Alicia also works closely together with the schools and host families ensuring the students get the best experience in South Africa.

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Leigh Houghton
ADMINISTRATION

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Ghosain Baderoen
CO-ORDINATOR

Ghosain has spent the last few years in the education sector as a mentor, coach and educator in both high schools and primary schools. He brings forth a youthful but structured energy which makes him relate easily to young people and adults alike. Ghosain is a good communicator and problem solver who will focus on making sure students have a positive experience at home and at school.

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Corien Bijl
INTERN

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Rae Ripepi
CO-ORDINATOR

Rae has had extensive experience in coaching and mentoring youth. She joins our team with a host of skills that will benefit GROW Abroad and our students. Rae has spent many years managing youth in various sectors - particularly in the sporting arena - and has a strong administrative background. Her warm personality helped her be selected to head a delegation of young sportspeople to compete internationally during July/August 2017. Rae’s passion for people fits her position at GROW Abroad perfectly.

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Claire van het Bolscher
DIRECTOR

Claire has more than 15 years international experience managing various programmes, within educational organizations and in different roles as a coach, change and programme management. Claire manages the High School Abroad program and empowers the team to ensure the highest standard of quality and growth. Her strong personality, personal approach and good interpersonal communication skills drives the team and programme to success.

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Our Values

The team at GROW Abroad is close knit and shares a set of values that inform everything we do. We believe in working together with our partners overseas, host families, schools and local suppliers to give students the most memorable experience in our gorgeous part of the world.
COMMITMENT
Our inspired, passionate, well-trained, dedicated and fun staff is committed to ensuring that students and host families enjoy unforgettable cultural exchange experiences. We want to facilitate something special!
QUALITY
We continuously strive to deliver ethical, high quality programs that meet the needs of all stakeholders. In particular, we constantly explore ways to meet the changing needs of our students. Our regular reviews and implementation of strict health and safety standards are never compromised. We have a database of very experienced, tried and tested host families and schools.
HOLISTIC APPROACH
Our students are individuals and we see them that way. We take the overall wellbeing and holistic development of each of our students seriously, and strive to give our students opportunities to grow and change in the most positive ways.
ADAPTABILITY
When dealing with people, life can have ups and downs. Our team believes in being flexible, adaptable and well able to facilitate healthy communication between students and families.

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