I have a professional bachelor's degree in journalism and worked in online marketing for 5 years for Avis Belgium and Luxembourg. I am originally from Belgium but relocated to South Africa in 2012 and got married to a South African citizen in February 2017. I am also a dive instructor and qualified tourist guide for the Western Cape.
Through my work with Avis, I have a sound understanding of what it means to thrive in a corporate environment. As a dive instructor and tourist guide, I have developed interpersonal skills that work to my advantage in any environment.
I am a native Dutch and French speaker and fully professionally proficient in English. I also have a basic understanding of German. My primary goal is to work as a freelancer or consultant to be able to use all the skills I have at my disposal. But if the job is right, and - more importantly - if I'm a viable candidate, I am open to all opportunities.
Johan Charlier Consulting
2016 - present, Cape Town (Western Cape)
Founder at JC consulting. Specialising in freelance copywriting, copy-editing, proofreading, digital communication, translation, digital project management, tourist guiding, and Scuba Diving instruction in Cape Town, South Africa.
2015 - present, Cape Town (Western Cape)
Head instructor at Oceanus Scuba, Cape Town, South Africa. PADI MSDT scuba instructor and scuba guide. Teaching Open Water to Divemaster. Specialities: Deep, Navigation, Wreck, Enriched Air, O2 Provider, Dry Suit, Night Diver, Emergency First Response instructor.
2013 - 2014, Sodwana Bay (KwaZulu-Natal)
PADI MSDT scuba instructor and scuba guide. Teaching Open Water to Divemaster. Specialities: Deep, Navigation, Wreck, Enriched Air, O2 Provider, Dry Suit, Night Diver, Emergency First Response instructor.
Aliwal Dive Centre
2012 - 2013, Umkomaas (KwaZulu-Natal)
Khaya Volunteer Projects / Izizwe Projects
2013, Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
Coordination of international volunteers working in the Walmer district, Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape). Marketing and Communication support. Project management.
Avis Belgium and Luxemburg
2007 - 2012, Brussels (Belgium)
Marketing support for Avis Belgium.
Webmaster and content manager for avis.be and avis.lu.
Layout and design: working with Photoshop, InDesign and similar.
Copy-writing in FR, NL and GB for Belgium and Luxemburg: online content, newsletters, marketing pitches.
Technical support and project management for new digital web-developments, SEO, SEA and Social Media.
Pan-European digital sales campaigns supervisor for Belgium and Luxemburg.
Point-of-contact for all 3rd party digital agencies.
Dutch (native speaker)
French (native speaker)
English (full proficiency)
German (basic knowledge)
Basic audio-visual editing
Tourist Guide Institute
2016, Cape Town
Cultural tourist guide lvl. 4: TG/CULTSITEGD/4/0031. Secondary assessment
Accreditation number: WC9451
2015, Cape Town
Cultural tourist guide lvl. 4: TG/CULTSITEGD/4/0031. Primary assessment
Accreditation number: WC9451
2013 - present, South Africa
PADI TecRec 45
PADi TecRec 40
PADI Sidemount Diver
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Accreditation number: MSDT#321362
Centrum voor volwassenonderwijs
2005 - 2007, Belgium
Professional Bachelor in Journalism
Vrije universiteit Brussel
2002 - 2004, Belgium
1st candidature in general history
Koninklijk Atheneum Koekelberg
1996 - 2002, Belgium
High school diploma: Latin – Modern Languages