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Listen to Sally speak about why voluntourism isn’t contributing to sustainable development in Cambodia from 34:40.




The Daily Telegraph – ‘Voluntourist’ who fell in love with Cambodia receives OAM

Sally Hetherington will tell you she was once a “voluntourist”.

The Northmead woman — who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours — moved to Cambodia in 2011 to help street children.

“I fell in love with the country but I realised I was going about things the wrong way,” she said. Continue reading..

Tracey Henderson – Sally Hetherington Loves her Work

Human and Hope Association (HHA) is a Siem Reap based NGO that practically supports Cambodians to build their own future. A few months ago, I got to see their work first-hand, and remain in awe of the dedication and professional commitment to elevate lives and deliver education, community development and vocational training. Back in Australia, I was keen to meet their President and CEO, Sally Hetherington – and after feeling the full force of her passion for HHA, wanted to hear what lead her to this point in her impactful, and relatively short career. Continue reading…


Team Women Australia – Why I Made Myself Redundant

Sally Hetherington is an Australian who is passionate about empowerment and sustainability in developing countries. She’s spent the past five years living in Cambodia, committed to developing projects so more Cambodians can break free from the cycle of poverty. Sally’s journey started when she was 25 years old and took a 15-month career break to volunteer in Cambodia for a local school. Five years later, she’s made herself redundant from a dream job and is now heading home. Continue reading..


Our Education & Community Manager, Salin, and myselfThe Advertiser – From Cessnock to Cambodia

Most people would not be happy about losing their jobs, but Sally Hetherington is thrilled to be leaving her position at Human and Hope Association in Cambodia. This is because after four years, the education provider is now entirely locally run. In Cambodia, there are insufficient staff in schools, resulting in many classes consisting of up to 90 students. Continue reading..



Having a discussion with a sewing student.

The Newcastle Star – Sally leaves Cambodia bittersweet

It is not often someone is happy to be losing a job. But that is exactly how Novocastrian Sally Hetherington feels as she prepares to leave her position with Human and Hope Association in Cambodia. The 30-year-old, who grew up in Adamstown Heights and completed a Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Newcastle, has been based in Cambodia for the past five years. Continue reading..