A lengthy spiel…
2010 was a life-changing year.
Returning from a six-month hiatus in South America after a displeasing year in the advertising industry, I was fortunate enough to find a very lovely and warm home with Private Media, the publisher of Crikey!
Melbourne suddenly had a softness and comfort I hadn’t experienced for some time. Rising from bed was hassle-free and the morning commute on the 55 tram was surprisingly painless. At times I even allowed myself to listen to Coldplay.
Then it happened.
A late night email informed me I’d been accepted into the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Australian Aid program.
Barely remembering applying for the AusAid position (I did so upon my return from South America) and not recalling anything clear about Friends-International, I now had the incredibly tough choice between my very much-loved role with Private Media and a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity in Cambodia.
I closed my eyes and decided to jump.
Forlornly, I informed Private Media managers of my intention to move to Cambodia.
“Who are Friends?” they asked.
“I don’t know,” came my reply, “I’m about to find out.”
Friends, as it turns out, is rated one of the top 100 NGOs in the world (Globe Journal 2012/2013) and a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children and youth, their families and their communities across South East Asia, Egypt and Honduras.
My role has with Friends has included everything from:
- Website Design
- Online Communications Advisor/Strategist
- Social Media Manger
- SEO Analysis
- Online Content Curator
- Building capacity of local staff
- Graphic Design
- Cookbook Designer
So here I am in Cambodia, two and a half years after my life-changing decision.
“What’s next?” I hear you ask.
Well, that’s where you come in.
I’m fun-loving, easy to maintain, obedient, great with children, do not malt and will eat anything – but be warned, I do get excited upon hearing 50s rock & roll.