Ethical Student Travel

Protecting children and communities


- Wednesday 3rd April 2019 -

Our Atlanta Student Travel Forum will be held at Woodward Academy, 5-7pm followed by drinks. Refreshments will be sponsored by World Challenge. See our speaker lineup:


Pippa Biddle

Pippa Biddle is a writer with work published by Guernica, The Atlantic, Wired, BBC Travel, AMC Outdoors, the magazine of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and more. Since the beginning of her career, Pippa has focused much of her writing on the voluntourism industry and the ethics of the practice. 

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Jessica Lenz

Jessica has close to 20 years of experience working on child protection in development and humanitarian action. Within Save the Children, she leads the child protection team and is responsible for the overall design and implementation of the child protection strategy, pursing new opportunities for growth and ensuring quality assurance for child protection staff and programs in both the field and headquarters. 

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Leigh Matthews

Leigh is the Principal of Alto Global Consulting and the Co-founder of ReThink Orphanages. She is a highly experienced consultant with over 14 years diverse experience in child rights and child protection. Leigh is a recognised expert in the issues of institutionalisation, residential care of children, and voluntourism.


Pete Fletcher

Pete helped establish World Challenge in Australia over ten years ago and after taking time out to complete an unassisted row across the Atlantic in 2015, Pete’s been leading the organisation. A leading global student travel provider, World Challenge have been creating transformative adventures for young people for over 30 years.

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Joseph Cheer

Joseph is lecturer in tourism at Monash University and directs the activities of the Australia & International Tourism Research Unit. He is board member, International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change. With Leigh Mathews, he is co-editor of the forthcoming book Modern Day Slavery and Orphanage Tourism to be published by CABI in 2019.




Why there’s no such thing as a good orphanage
Leigh Matthews, Co-founder of Rethink Orphanages

The bigger picture: child protection challenges overseas
Jessica Lenz, Head of Child Protection, Save the Children America

The problem with little white boys (and girls)
Pippa Biddle, Writer

Exploring the motivations of volunteering
Joseph Cheer, Monash University

Our journey: exiting orphanages and the future of ethical student travel
Pete Fletcher, Managing Director, World Challenge

What next for schools?
Resources & Questions




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