Yanni Van Der Pant

Yanni Van Der Pant

My best holiday so far has got to be working with animals in Namibia and South Africa. I had been saving for this holiday since I was 15 and on the first night, I sat by an open pit fire, cider in hand (obviously), with a lion roaring in the background and a baboon playing to my right – it was bliss. I worked with baboons at the CARE Baboon Sanctuary and Vervet Monkeys at the (wait for it…) Vervet Monkey Sanctuary; a truly brilliant place to go. I’m hoping to go back one day and visit my furry babies!

Yanni used to work in our customer service team

Coming-of-age rituals from around the world

Here in England, we don’t really have any particular coming-of-age ceremonies. I guess our equivalent would be the newly-legal 18-year-olds going out to “paint the town red”. Of course, if they run out of paint, they tend to just go out and get drunk, which is fine too. Some cultures however take coming-of-age very seriously, from taking intentional self-injury to jumping over cattle. (Yes, seriously). Let’s take a look-see.