South Africa Onsite Staff

Sonya Bell is your Site Director for your South Africa Program! She is an amazing resource on all things South Africa, and she is available to help you with any needs you may have! If you should have an emergency situation, she is your go-to. She will also be your guide during all CISabroad-sponsored excursions.

Sonya’s Bio: The youngest of 3, she decided, after graduating with a National Diploma in Travel and Tourism, that she would travel the world. Participating in a cultural exchange program led her to Vail, Colorado where a working visa allowed her to experience what being away from home was all about. Upon returning home, itchy feet resulted in a 9-year career as a Flight Attendant for South African Airways where she could satisfy her appetite for traveling and experiencing different cultures. She managed to visit the 4 corners of the world and a little bit of everything in-between.

Unpacking the suitcase for good was done with a heavy heart.  With additional time on her hands, and wanting to make a difference, she started looking for opportunities to put her skills to use. Enter CISabroad! Not only is she able to tap into her own experience in working abroad, but also be able to offer support and guidance to those embarking on this journey; build new relationships and show off her beautiful city – Cape Town!

Travel tip: To really experience local culture, no matter where you are in the world, always watch where the locals go for lunch. They usually go for the best local cuisine at the most affordable prices. Always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut!