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 voluntourism was having on local communities.
“I have read Sally’s book in one weekend and absolutely loved it and shared it for my family to read. I admit we have fell under the traps of voluntourism ourselves and we knew it was not exactly right. Sally genuinely shares her stories with great humour and expertise. At the end of the read, you will feel comfortable being even more generous with a true impact for Cambodia, any countries in the world and any causes you are passionate about,” – Helene.
“I would give this book 6 stars if I could. A thought provoking read about the dangers and pitfalls of overseas voluntourism. Sally combines her knowledge and experience from her time in Cambodia setting up a locally run NGO, to convey how well meaning tourists are contributing to the disempowerment of the local communities of developing counties. A must read for anyone who may be thinking about volunteering at schools/orphanages overseas, I guarantee after finishing this book, your mind will be changed. Although the tone of the book is serious, including graphic detail of the Khmer Rouge (there is a disclaimer before the book proceeds into this), Sally also combines light humour and optimism to make for a profound and entertaining read,” – Jade.
“’It’s Not About Me’ is a must read for anyone interested in voluntourism. Although I have never been a “voluntourer”, I am guilty as charged when it comes to my actions as a visitor of low income countries. That is, I was one of those people who thought I was helping by giving money to begging children. How wrong I was. This book has taken me from ignorance to knowledge, and I applaud Sally for investing so much of herself in the quest to educate. In addition to the valuable learnings in this book, it was a truly enjoyable read with some suitably light moments and a real life love story to boot. Stand proud Sally Hetherington.” – Paul.
But as paperbacks traditionally cost a lot more to produce than e-books, I was determined to publish this book in e-book format so people across the world, particularly university students, could access the book.
I am thrilled that my publisher, Elephant House Press, has been so supportive in the release of this e-book, and hope that it continues to spark a conversation about how we can best help people in low-income countries.
The e-book is available through all major digital providers, and through the link in the website menu.