"We saw that education is not self-evident. Many youngsters start working at 15; it's the logical choice for them. But by studying, they have a chance of a better job with a better wage", Nancy explains. "The infrastructure often also lacks. The organisations we visited always stressed that they really need our help. For instance, a school had computers but they were over ten years old." The visitors were welcomed with open arms everywhere, "with speeches, dance and many local specialties, very hospitable!"
"The highlight of the trip was meeting the young people who did a work placement at Colruyt Group", Nancy continues. "In the meantime, they all found a job or want to continue their studies. One of the students even was a member of the entrepreneurship conference panel. I couldn't be more proud", Nancy beams.
Nancy took a surprise from the Belgian host families (all of them Colruyt Group employees) for the former interns. They all recorded a personal video message to wish 'their' youngsters the best of luck. "An emotional moment, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world."