The bit about me…
Hi, my name is Svenja. I am an adoptive mom and social worker, originally from Germany, living in South Africa with my partner and our delightful and energetic 2-year-old daughter.
From a young age I dreamed of seeing the world. I could often be found snuggled up on the couch with my atlas planning imaginary trips to every corner of the globe. (I wasn’t quite as nerdy as that may sound though ;))
Straight after my final school exams I headed off to spend a year in California (I didn’t even bother to wait until after the matric dance). I absolutely loved the vibrant cultural diversity of San Francisco, and have had the travel bug ever since.
Over the past 20 years I have lived and worked in several different countries.
I worked with disadvantaged teenagers in Germany and Sweden, supervised foster families in London, supported communities affected by HIV/Aids in Botswana, and worked with street children in South Africa, to name but a few.
What I enjoy most about living in different countries is meeting people from a variety of different ethnicities and cultures.
I particularly love the rich diversity of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s troubled but beloved “rainbow nation”!
For more information on why I created this website, go to Why are multicultural children’s books so important?