Ethical Student Travel

Protecting children and communities


- Thursday 7th March 2019 -

Our Manchester Student Travel Forum will be held at Chamber Space, 6-8pm 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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Save the Children

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Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor has been working on issues around international volunteering for the past 10 years. First as a volunteer herself, then as Programme Manager for Impact International, a UK initiative developed to support students to volunteer abroad in sustainable, ethical ways. Currently, Ruth leads the campaign and mobilisation team at Restless Development, a global development agency who specialise in youth-led social change.

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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. Delia went on to be appointed Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy in 2015. 

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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
Save the Children

Why do we volunteer?
Ruth Taylor, campaign leader at youth-led social change agency Restless Development

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




Chamber Space, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD