Ethical Student Travel

Protecting children and communities


- Wednesday 6th March 2019 -

Our London Student Travel Forum will be held at the Curzon Cinema, The Brunswick Centre, London, 5.30-7.30pm followed by drinks. We are inviting contributions of £15 to support the cost of running the event, refreshments will be sponsored by World Challenge.
See our speaker lineup:

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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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Becky Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Senior Child Protection Advisor for Save the Children UK specialising on children without appropriate care. She supports multiple countries across the globe and is the taskgroup lead on appropriate care for Save the Children International’s Child Protection Initiative.

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David Coles

David manages the Volunteer Centre at the London School of Economics where he aims to inspire and empower students to volunteer for causes they care about. In the past he worked at the UK’s National Volunteering Database and was a trustee of a charity that worked in Ghana involving both international and local volunteers.

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Dr Delia Pop

Dr Delia Pop is the Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes for Children. After qualifying as a medical doctor, Delia worked for the Maramures Child Protection Authority in Romania as Director of Alternative Residential Services. Delia joined Hope and Homes for Children Romania in 2001 as Development Director, leading the first closure of institutions for children in Romania.

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Sinet Chan

Local ambassador for the Cambodia Children's Trust, Sinet Chan gave a voice to millions of children around the world when she testified alongside Tara Winkler at the Australian Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act.




My Story: Growing up in an orphanage
Sinet Chan, Cambodia Children’s Trust

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

The bigger picture: child protection challenges overseas
Becky Smith, Senior Child Protection Officer, Save the Children

Putting all children first
Dr Delia Pop, Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes

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

What next for schools?
Resources & Questions




Curzon Cinema, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AW