After studying politics at university I became involved with campaigning activities with various charities and development organisations, and this led to my interest in the sector and to my decision to volunteer in Cambodia through 2Way Development in 2011. After returning to England at the end of my placement, I felt that life in a developing country was much more suited to me and I decided to go back to Phnom Penh to forge a career in development. I currently work as a teacher and I support 2Way Development part time as country coordinator.
In 2011 I spent six months in Cambodia volunteering for Protection of Juvenile Justice, a human rights organisation that provides legal services to child offenders and victims within the justice system. The focus of my placement was to provide assistance with research and analysis, writing progress reports, and general fundraising support. It was an incredible experience, on a professional but also on a personal level. I met wonderful people and, like many other travelers and development workers, I fell in love with the country.
Current Role with 2Way Development
My Country Representative role involves assisting volunteers with their preparations and helping them settle in upon their arrival to Cambodia. At the same time I look at prospective partner organisations and aid in the on-going assessments of current partners, to make sure they can provide a positive work placement for our volunteers. I feel lucky that my job involves meeting inspiring community leaders and volunteers, and seeing how their work affects real change to the lives of so many individuals.