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Read why Sally was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours.



What She Did Next

In this episode, Sally talks about:
· her entrepreneurial beginnings and her early career in the financial services sector
· her family connections in Myanmar and the trip that led to her awakening as a global citizen
· her experiences as a volunteer in Cambodia and what she learned about the impact of the ‘voluntourism’ industry on local communities
· how she built up a locally led NGO in Cambodia, making herself redundant in the process
· her top tips for being an ethical traveller and helping communities overseas in a positive way

The Others

Is voluntourism – the act of travelling to a foreign country to ‘help’ those in need over the short term – a positive when it enforces a ‘white saviour complex’?

That’s the question Sally Hetherington OAM wrestles with in her autobiography It’s Not About Me. As the CEO of the Human and Hope Association Incorporated, based in Australia, It’s Not About Me is a labour of love, starting with how the then 25-year-old Hetherington spent a holiday in Cambodia.

Women Travel the World

Read about one traveller who questions her beliefs after reading Sally’s book.




Good Will Hunters

Sally and Rachel have an important conversation about why short term, unskilled volunteering often does more harm than good. They chat about the need to change the narrative around volunteering, to be more aligned with principles of local-ownership and sustainable livelihoods.


Good Girls Don’t

Sally chats with Ashleigh and Verity about:

  • The danger of unskilled volunteers.
  • Why skilled volunteers are making skilled Cambodians redundant.
  • Our impact on children at risk and how voluntourism adds to the lack of stability and impacts their attachment issues.
  • How empowering women creates an intergenerational increase in education, allowing women to rise, and reducing domestic violence.
  • How can we be ‘ethical travelers’ and be conscious of the footprint we leave behind in the countries we visit?
  • Why the term ‘third world’ needs to be eradicated in order to combat poverty.



The Book Podcast

Listen to Sally speak about her book on this podcast dedicated to Australian woman writers.




Good Mag

Read about Sally’s journey to sustainable development in Cambodia.



World Nomads

From 24:26, learn about what Sally discovered when she moved to Cambodia.



How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mariah

Listen to Sally talk about her opinions on voluntourism in Cambodia and how those wanting to help can make sustainable change.



Third Sector

Read why Sally was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.



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