Natanya van der Lingen

Centre Director
IES Abroad Cape Town

Natanya took up the position of Center Director at the IES Abroad Cape Town Center after working as the Assistant Director of the IES Abroad Center in London and as the Resident Director of an IES Abroad French language summer program in Quebec City, Canada. Originally from South Africa, she graduated from the University KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa where she majored in Spanish and French, and also studied Linguistics, Sociology, Drama, Zulu, and Afrikaans. She spent a year studying abroad in California as a Rotary International Exchange student and has also lived in the UK, Argentina, and France, and has traveled to over 40 other countries around the world.

Read below to find out a bit more about Natanya:

Where have you studied or lived abroad?

I have lived in the UK for 9 years, in Argentina, France and the US each for a year and I've spent a summer in Canada. Each country has allowed me to practise one of my languages or learn a new variety thereof, and gain a deeper understanding of a different culture and society. There is no better university than the road.

What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?

My two favorites are both islands - one hot one cold. You would think Cuba and Iceland have nothing in common, yet have both stunning landscapes, fabulous wildlife, very interesting societies and fascinating people. I'd visit both again in a heart beat.

What is the one item you can't travel without?

A nail scissors as it's a very useful item to cut luggage tags, cable ties, pesky labels or a myriad of other items. I just have to remember to not carry it in my hand luggage!