Tanya took a career break in 1995 to travel and was captivated with South East Asia. The people made a huge impression, especially the young adults who had not had the same opportunities or choices she had growing up. With a good education and job, Tanya vowed to return and give something back.
In 2007 she did just that, spending six months volunteering as an English teacher with Schools for Children of Cambodia and Sangkheum Center (for vulnerable children).
Wanting to build on the foundation of this volunteer work she worked with Jo to set up H.O.P.E with a clear focus and methodology and sees this as a lifelong commitment to helping the people of Cambodia who gave her so much.
Since setting up H.O.P.E in 2008 Tanya juggles a busy work life in York with her responsibilities as Trustee of H.O.P.E. Applying a lot of the skills and experiences from her working life to this role, Tanya maintains the accounts, interrogates/challenges proposals for new projects and lends a hand to fund raising including grant applications, helping people with their own sponsored event and not forgetting her own efforts to raise funds by cycling London to Paris.
In 2012 Tanya took her valuable experience of working with volunteers in Cambodia working at the London Olympics with responsibility for 70 Games Makers (volunteers).
Tanya self -funds one trip a year back to Cambodia to meet with all the projects and to stay up to date with the fast developments in the country. Her last trip in March 2015, a successful trip, allowed her to visit each the projects to monitor their progress.
10 years ago, Jo took a well-planned year out from the hotel industry in the UK and travelled throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Having spent 6 years abroad and now firmly settled back in the UK she is still mired in the many responsible tourism and hospitality issues in which developing and developed countries face.
Her volunteer work with Schools for Children of Cambodia and Sangkheum Center challenged her to do something positive and, in meeting Tanya, decided she could make a difference. With her work in Cambodia, she hopes to build a bridge between poverty alleviation and tourism and wants to make a permanent difference.
In 2009, Jo completed a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management firmly cementing her values in promoting sustainable development and harnessing change. Working with the team at Mekong Experiences she continues her passion to encourage responsible practices in the tourism and hospitality.
Drawing upon her sales/marketing and events background she helps organise fundraising events, maintains the contacts database, dabbles in social media and keeps everyone up to date with H.O.P.E activities.
As trustees, our commitment to the supporters of HOPE and the young Cambodians we support is to:
- identify projects that have objectives closely aligned to those of H.O.P.E
- actively monitor the progress of all our supported projects
- provide regular news and reviews on how your money is helping H.O.P.E achieve its objectives
- ensure supported projects adhere to H.O.P.E’s Code of Conduct for Children and Young Adults