Simon & Gemma join Globalteer’s Siem Reap team

Globalteer Cambodia has welcomed two new members to its team.

Former Cambodia kids project volunteer Simon Hare  has joined the team as marketing co-ordinator, working from their Siem Reap base. Simon will be responsible for increasing awareness of Globalteer and partner projects’ work to potential volunteers and fundraisers through traditional and online marketing activity.

Simon, who works as a freelance travel writer in his spare time, will also be responsible for writing and editing news content for Globalteer’s newly re-launched website. He is also on hand to offer support and advice to partner projects on specific marketing and business-related issues.

Originally from London, Simon has worked in advertising and publishing for more than 20 years, and for the last five years was a board director of one of the UK’s biggest magazine and online publishing companies. He admits to being delighted to have swapped the “bright lights and glamour” of the corporate world for something “much more meaningful”.

Simon, who took up his new position in January 2012 said, “Corporate life taught me how to squeeze every last penny out of the smallest of marketing budgets, so I know that you can achieve great things with passion, focus and hard work alone. It’s great to be working with people who have all three in abundance.”

Globalteer has also appointed Gemma Thirkettle  as volunteer co-ordinator for its Siem Reap-based volunteers. In her new role Gemma is responsible for ensuring that every volunteer’s experience in the Cambodian city is as rewarding as possible, and lives up to the expectations of the volunteers and the projects they are working with.

Her role encompasses everything from arranging airport pick-ups to showing volunteers where the best of the town’s shopping, eating and drinking spots are, and making sure that volunteers are happy during their stay. Of course she is also on hand should everything not go according to plan.

Gemma, who is originally for Buckinghamshire in England, spent four years working in film marketing prior to leaving the UK, and found herself in Cambodia after a year of travelling the world and a series of “horrible, horrible insurance jobs” in Australia. Fate played its part when Gemma decided she wanted to do something a bit more worthwhile and googled “volunteering in Cambodia” one day.

“So I made my way here via New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and Malaysia and then volunteered at one of Globalteer’s partner projects for 3 months. I fell in love with the kids, the people, the country and decided I just couldn’t bring myself to leave. This position came up and it sounded perfect for me..... the rest is history!”

It is rumoured that Gemma can sometimes be found in the bars of Siem Reap teasing a bluesy number out of a tenor sax, whilst Simon sits at home pining after his piano.

If you want to know more about volunteering in Cambodia, and get to meet Gemma and Simon in person (!), go to our Cambodia Kids Project page. You can contact Simon on