Sarah was born in the west of Germany, in a small village called Wenden. Her passion for youth work grew through volunteering as a social worker in Kenya and doing an eight-month internship in a Secondary School in India. Following these experiences, she decided to study social work in Berlin. Meanwhile, Sarah worked as a chaperone for people with special needs and took them on trips through Europe supporting the clients with their independent living and daily activities. During the time she studied Sarah worked in a refugee’s accommodation to support children and young people in settling down and accustoming themselves in the country. As the big city life gave her the possibility to work as an actress, Sarah made use of her experience and organised various team activities and theatre groups in order to overcome prejudices and discrimination.

Sarah had found her passion for adventure-based training and was convinced that experiencing life in different societies and their cultures helps to refresh the brain and rethink long cherished routines and behaviours. Due to that she decided to do her internship abroad. As if by fate she found our youth club’s website and thought:”WOW! I wanna be part of that!” From February until August 2017 she did her Youth Worker’s internship with us. She sadly had to go back to Germany to finish her university studies but she flew back knowing and hoping it wouldn’t be the last time she has worked at Kahu Youth. After she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work, not sure if there would be a position available any time soon, she sold all her belongings including her flat, put all her eggs in one basket and came back to Wanaka in August 2018. As fate had it AGAIN a position opened up soon after, and she applied – successfully getting the job and starting full time in December 2018.

Sarah saw Kahu Youth as the perfect job since her internship and as her heart beats for running various activities and spending time with the young people, we are delighted to have Sarah as a full-time youth worker.