Meet the wonderful team at World Youth International!
Terry is Operations Manager of World Youth International and oversees all aspects of the business. He has been part of WYI since 1996 and is one of the founding members of the organisation.
Terry has worked in every part of the organisation and has travelled extensively across the globe. He has helped to prepare thousands of volunteers for their overseas adventures.
Terry is passionate about contributing to sustainable development and has always ensured that WYI is constantly changing to remain competitive in the volunteer market. This is not just a job for Terry, it is his passion and he is proud to represent Robert and the Hoey family.
Celia is an international development project manager and has worked on major projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Cambodia. She has been working with WYI since the planning and launch of the Odede Community Health Centre in 2013, and continues to manage this and WYI's other projects in Kenya.
Celia co-founded SHE Investments in 2014, launching the first and only organisation to deliver business incubator and accelerator programs specifically designed for women in Cambodia. SHE has worked with hundreds of women over the past few years, supporting them to grow their businesses, create new jobs, increase incomes for families, and improve women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. In 2017, she was named as an Emerging Leader in the Australia-ASEAN region by the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Australia.
Celia has been living in Cambodia since late 2014, where she continues to build SHE and also manages WYI's project partnerships in Kenya. Celia has been managing these partnerships and projects since 2012, when she spent 6-months in Odede working with the local team to plan and launch the Odede Health Centre.
Tim joined the team at World Youth International in 2011 and has been the IT guru ever since. Tim developed the World Youth International website and manages all of our online systems as well as some design work. Tim is a fantastic support to the WYI staff, helping to inform people about the great work we do overseas and how volunteers can get involved.
Ann is constantly learning from her volunteer role as administrator for child scholarship in Kenya. Ann enjoys working with our partners in Kenya, The Mango Tree, who provide education and family support to enable the children to become self-reliant, responsible young adults, who contribute to their communities and 'be the change' for future generations. Ann communicates with our sponsors, providing them with a greater understanding of life in Kenya.
Georgie is a senior HR professional with extensive experience in the international development sector. Georgie was the former HR Director of CARE (International) Australia supporting 9 Country Offices across South East Asia and the Middle East; and former Head of HR for Coffey's 19 international development programs and 650+ staff in the Asia Pacific region.
Most recently, Georgie has been working for Abt Associates as the HR Specialist to start up major programs in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. Her international experience includes countries as diverse as Belize, Cambodia, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Serbia, United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
Georgie worked together with Ralph Hoey many years ago to create the very first Overseas Action program in Nepal and assisted the team with fundraising to build the World Youth International School, which now provides the gift of a quality education to 500+ students.
Ralph is a founding member of WYI and has previously worked as finance manager and major projects coordinator for over 20 years with the organisation. In 2004, Ralph became the first Australian to be awarded the Order of Nepal, the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, for humanitarian services performed in Nepal. In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Australia AM by the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency Michael Jeffery, for humanitarian services overseas.
Kathryn is the editor of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal that is read by over 96,000 nurses, midwives and universities across the country. Her qualifications include an Arts Degree, Majoring in Journalism and a Nursing Degree. Prior positions include public relations officer for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) and part time journalist for Link Disability Magazine and other freelance assignments. Kathryn is also a registered nurse and has extensive experience in nursing and middle management in both public and private hospitals.
Joanna Giles from HOG Heaven Charity Foundation has been supporting the people of Nepal since 1998 and is the proud Patron of The Sapana Dreaming Children's Home in Gokarna.
Joanna joined the WYI team in 1998 to help raise funds for the WYI School in Gokarna, Nepal. This action led onto her involvement in the construction and opening of the Sapana Dreaming Children’s Home next to the school in 2001.
Since then, Joanna has been involved in many projects in Nepal including cleft lip and palate surgeries, supporting a child care nursery and pre-school facility, supporting a home for sexually abused girls, and coordinating the installation of solar panels and water catchment dams in remote schools and villages.
Andrew Andreyev, of Andreyev Lawyers, is WYI's Honorary Legal Advisor. Andrew is a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Fellow (and founding member of the Adelaide Chapter) of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and a member of the Law Societies of NSW and SA. Andrew works primarily with entrepreneurs, investors and their families, and he has a wealth of experience in practicing law in Australia and the United Kingdom.