sally hetherington

Voluntourism

It’s Time to Change How We Change the World

“If we can understand how complex it is to solve issues in our own country, why do we feel we can go to another country, one we often know very little about, and solve their problems on a short-term trip?” – Rebecca Klaassen If you only watch one TEDx talk this year, make it this one from Rebecca Klaassen. A few months ago, Rebecca wrote an opinion piece about WE’s voluntourism model  and how society chooses to selectively view and contribute to local and global issue. Rebecca  ...

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Books

Books to Read When You Need to De-Stress

Books. What would I do without them? They allow me to escape. To dream. To hope. And for the past few years, they have provided an outlet for me to reduce my stress and worries. In 2019, I read 170 books. In 2020, 180. This year? I have probably read about three dozen or so but have stopped  ...

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Thoughts

Reflecting on our Return to Australia

This morning I was reflecting on my eight months of job hunting when I moved back to Australia in 2017. For the past five years and three months I had been earning anywhere between zero and USD$200 a month. We had spent around $9,000 on a visa to ensure the love of my life could come and life  ...

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Cambodia, Voluntourism

The Silver Lining of COVID-19

We have to look at the silver linings, don’t we? I was naive when COVID-19 hit. I assumed it would be a short-term problem; that it would be over in a few months and we could all continue as normal. But of course, that isn’t the case. I have no answers to when it will end, and all I  ...

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