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Cambodia, It's Not About Me

Lessons learnt from living in Cambodia

I was 23. It was my first time in Cambodia. I thought, “why not visit an orphanage?” I was disappointed. The children were out attending public school. All I saw was an empty playground and a mandatory donation form. I went back to Australia, determined to get back to Cambodia and have a second shot. The next year, I returned. I volunteered at a residential centre for former street children. I amassed several Facebook albums of photos, all featuring me with cute kids I didn’t know. I taught  ...

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‘It’s Not About Me’ now available as an e-book

Today marks the release of ‘It’s Not About Me’ in e-book format.  I have pushed for an e-book release to make it accessible to people across the globe. Voluntourism is a global issue, and I want people in all countries to be able to access the book to read about my journey and start conversations about why voluntourism isn’t a solution to ending poverty. Since the launch of my book in June, I have received positive feedback from those who didn’t understand the impact  ...

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The Beginning – Discovering that voluntourism is a problem, not a solution

This is an excerpt from ‘It’s Not About Me’. Preorder your signed copy today. All proceeds are donated to Human and Hope Association Inc. WARNING:This excerpt contains disturbing information about the Khmer Rouge. IN 2009, I DECIDED I wanted to go on a holiday. As I was flipping the pages of holiday packages in a brochure I had picked up, a striking image caught my eye. ‘Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder’, the text read, above an image of a centuries-old temple. That’s where  ...

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Books, It's Not About Me

It’s Not About Me – Coming May 2019!

When I was younger I always dreamt of writing my own books. I was successful in putting together a 20-page book (with illustrations) about my favourite Barbie dolls, but alas, due to copyright issues this would never become a reality. In junior high school, I started writing a book about fashion time travel in my favourite Harry Potter notebook, which resurfaced this year. I thought I had written half a book; it turned out I hadn’t even written half a chapter. And finally, in senior  ...

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