Our Team

The live&learn Team

live&learn is a socially motivated and family-run institution based in Cape Town.

 Since 2006, we have been supporting non-profit  organisations in South African with volunteers and interns from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

DR. ANTJE NAHNSEN

Dr. Antje Nahnsen

Managing Director

Dr. Antje Nahnsen

Managing Director

As an urban planner, I am involved with sustainable development interventions in South Africa since the late 1990s. My doctoral thesis dealt with the reconciliation and spatial integration of Cape Town after the end of Apartheid. Through my many years as a consultant in internationally funded projects for the promotion of peace, reconciliation, violence prevention, education and urban development in South Africa, I know exactly what makes the living and working world in South Africa tick.

 

Together with Alexander Allavena, I founded the non-profit sail-training organisation Cape Windjammers Education Trust, which uses educational sail-training trips for youth and reconciliation work in South Africa, and volunteered here myself for many years. Since 2006 I have been supporting live&learn in South Africa as a programme manager and in 2016 I took over the management of live&learn together with Alex.

My Areas of Responsibility at live&learn:

  • Personal advice on all questions regarding sabbatials, volunteering and internships in South Africa
  • Support our participants with applications, grant porposals and travel preparations
  • Professional support for participants in South Africa
  • Development and management of partnerships in Europe and South Africa
  • Advice and support for South African partner organisations in the social sector
  • Public relations and networking in Germany and South Africa
  • Development and management of live&learn’s contribution to sustainable development in South Africa as well as quality management
ALEXANDER ALLAVENA

Alexander Allavena

Managing Director

Alexander Allavena

Managing Director

As a trained model maker, I worked in tourism and tourism management worldwide for over 15 years. Windsurfing finally brought me to beautiful South Africa. Over the years, I got involved in various youth work projects and founded the South African sail training organisation Cape Windjammers Education Trust together with Antje. South Africa’s moving history not only influenced my daily life in South Africa, but also moved me to train as a state-certified tour guide. My city tours are particularly dedicated to past and present socio-political issues to introduce Cape Town’s visitors to the achievements and challenges of South Africa’s young democracy. From 2006 to 2015 I was programme coordinator in South Africa and in 2016 I took over the management of live&learn together with Antje.

My Areas of Responsibility at live&learn:

  • Introduction of live&learn participants to life and work in South Africa
  • Support for live&learn participants in South Africa
  • Research of sustainable tourism offers for live&learn participants in South Africa
  • Support of South African partner organisations in the field of nature and animal conservation and tourism
KATHARINA HÖRGER

Katharina Hörger

Freelancer

Katharina Hörger

Freelancer

I was born in Cologne and recently graduated in “Multilingual Communication” at the TH Köln. Travelling and discovering foreign countries is my passion. In 2014, I visited South Africa for the first time. I have been supporting the live&learn team since the beginning of 2019 and am mainly involved in advising our live&learn participants. In addition, I am also the contact person for travel and excursions in southern Africa and am always on the lookout for new insider tips.

My Areas of Responsbility at live&learn:

  • Advice applicants abou volunteers and internships in South Africa
  • Advice participants about travel opportunities in Southern Africa as well as weekend activities in and around Cape Town
Contact us for a free personal consultation as well as a cost calculation for your planned trip to South Africa.

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