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Year 9: 2012

In our 9th year big things happened at Journeys Within – National Geographic Magazine named our Mekong Experience tour a “Tour of a Lifetime”, JWOC partnered with the Cambodian Ministry of Education to provide 32 schools with clean water, Andrea was named as an A-List Travel Agent by Travel + Leisure, and so much more – read on to find out more milestones of 2012.

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2012

Milestones:

Journeys Within and The Marine Megafauna Foundation run the first Myanmar Culture and Conservation Tour

Mekong Experience tour was named a “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic

Andrea named A List travel agent by Travel + Leisure Magazine

JWOC partners with Cambodian Ministry of Education to provide 32 schools with clean water.

Andrea, Callie and Couper moved to the US full time

Press:

National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Tours of a Lifetime

Conde Nast Traveler: 32 Trips of a Lifetime

Adventures All Around: Journeys Within Boutique Hotel

Trekaroo: Cambodia with Kids? Oh Yes!

Key Hires: 

Anna Baldwin:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2012

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

It was a pretty big move for me as I took over operations on the ground, almost immediately, so I’ll be honest it was all pretty daunting at first! But after no time at all I realized I had nothing to worry about. The reason Journeys Within is in my view one of the top tour companies in Southeast Asia is because it has one of the most talented and hardworking teams in the industry. Every single member of the company brings something new and exciting, with a unique passion and skill that develops every year. That first year I was introduced to some incredible people, from the guides that look after our guests on the ground,  to our amazing Country Directors who help us develop these unique tours that set us apart us from other companies. Working with these people has taught me more than I ever could have hoped for or imagined.

Michelle Crawford:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2012

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

A company that cares about their customers

Special Memories from 2012:

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Andrea and Nicole attend a Baci ceremony in Laos
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Andrea and the girls at the waterfall at Kulen Mountain, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Anna goes horseback riding at Happy Ranch in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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April and her kids at Song Saa private island in Cambodia
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April, Gavin and Scarlett at the waterfalls in Kulen
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Couper, Brandon, Jeab, Santhou, Bee and Ron on their way to a team building activity in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Team JW rides off into the sunset. Siem Reap, Cambodia
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The sun sets into the flooded rice patties in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Andrea Ross and Andrea Marshall lead the Myanmar Culture and Conservation tour
2012 dre and the lady
Andrea had the rare opportunity to see “The Lady” Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Myanmar
2012 drea truckee
Andrea makes Truckee, CA her new home
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Andrea at the Directors meeting
2012 gavin and couper
Couper and Gavin playing games while picnicing at Kulen Mountain
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Gavin explores the temples in the Rolous Group
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Narla, Andrea and Anna take a helicopter ride above Angkor Wat
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Kanika at the Directors Meeting
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One of my all time favorite pictures. Scarlett, Callie, Sabai and Kiao at Kulen Moutnain
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Sreyleak, Win Win and Kanika enjoy a picnic at Kulen Mountain
2012 linda and leak
Linda and Leak are ready to go horseback riding!
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Linda’s got her eye on you. Watch out!
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Catching the sunset in Luang Prabang
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Anna always takes the most beautiful portraits on her travels. She shared this one she took of a monk at Angkor Wat.
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The Myanmar Culture and Conservation Tour group
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Narla at the Directors Meeting
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Nicole and Andrea aren’t afraid to get muddy when they are out on tour in Laos!
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Nicole on a boat.
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Phaeng on a boat.
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Santhou on a boat. (Have you noticed we have a theme going on here? Lots of boats in Southeast Asia!)
2012 scarlett
Scarlett loves the new Journeys Within Boutique Hotel Kidz CLub
2012 sina and scarlett
Sina and Scarlett explore the temples.
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The sunset at Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
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Team JW gathers for a group photo at a secluded temple after their horseback ride
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Journeys Within will make you, Jump! Jump!
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JW Jr. hard at work in the Truckee, CA office
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Andrea enjoys the winter at her new California home.
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Anna and Andrea at The Siam hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 breakfast
Somebody’s got to try the breakfast to make sure it’s good enough for our guests. These waffles at The Siam hotel breakfast got the thumbs up from us!
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Kids and water buffalo, as seen from a bike ride through Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Nicole on a boat. Again.
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Team JW get some rest after a beautiful bike ride to the temples in Siem Reap.
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The view of Angkor Wat from the helicopter

Year 8: 2011

In our 8th year, Journeys Within B & B became Journeys Within Boutique Hotel. Even with the hotel construction keeping things busy, the team still managed to make a lot of memories traveling around the region, making 2011 a very photogenic year!

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2011

Milestones:

Journeys Within receives Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure Magazine

Launched Journeys Within Family Adventure Tours

Journeys Within B & B becomes Journeys Within Boutique Hotel, opening 5 new guest rooms, a spa and a restaurant

Press:

Los Angeles Times: Beyond Angkor, Cambodia, a Khmer kingdom emerges from the jungle

Conde Nast Traveler: Andrea Ross – Top Travel Specialist

Budget Travel Real Deals: BT Flashback: Cambodia

The Constant Traveler: Travel Pioneers in Southeast Asia

Travel Weekly: An exceptional tour, traced to its roots

The Perrin Post: Family Travel Contest: Tips for International Travel with Kids

Shanghai Talk Magazine: Stepping Out & Giving Back

Key Hires:

Binh Houng:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2011

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

For me, I have worked officially with Journeys Within since 2011 but I met Andrea in April 2010. We did great trip to Quang Ngai Long Wall, at that time it seemed that we are the first foreign group find the way to go there. And that was on my birthday, 3rd April and Andrea had a very kind decision: I can go home earlier and she will go to airport by herself. I can enjoy my birthday with my family. That was the first time I worked with her. She made me think about a real boss. So I met her and worked with Journeys Within’s clients until January of 2011. Of course, I agreed without being worry when she asked me to work as full time guide for Journeys Within.

Kanika Peou:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2011

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

In first year, I thought that Journeys Within is quite busy because at that time Tour Company at Journeys Within Hotel were stayed together and it is under construction.

 

Special Memories from 2011:

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Callie relaxes in a hammock in Kep
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A typical commute in Cambodia
2011 couper and the girls in kep
Couper, Srey Nut and Chen on a boat to Rabbit Island in Kep, Cambodia
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The ever so stylish construction crew hard at work on the new bungalows at Journeys Within Boutique Hotel.
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Kids at play at Phik Noy in Luang Prabang, Laos.
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Nicole captures the beauty of this sleepy village in Laos
2011 phnom penh
Andrea, Srey Nut, Chen, Couper and Callie hang out with a bear on a tour of the Phnom Tamao Zoo in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2011 sunset in kep
A picture perfect sunset in Kep, Cambodia
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Brandon rides through the floods in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Flooding at Journeys Within Boutique Hotel.
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The Journeys Within Boutique Hotel staff are all smiles while they work!
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After living in Cambodia for years, Andrea still loves to explore hidden temples
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Couper gets a visit from a friend from the US! Griffin and Couper discussing very important fishing skills before heading out for a swim.
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A lone house among the flooded rice patties in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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April with a calf in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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The Bangkok team and April enjoy dinner together
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Andrea and Callie on their way to Jeab’s house in Bangkok
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Andrea Ross and her best friend Andrea Marshall tour Thailand together
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Andrea and Callie at the beach
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I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much cuter than this picture of Callie in her pink tutu swim suit in the crystal clear waters
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Callie tries out the famous street food in Bangkok
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The Andreas on tour with Callie and friends
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Callie always finds the camera – say cheese!
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Couper, Chen, Srey Nut and Callie on tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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Best friends at Rabbit Island – Kep, Cambodia.
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The Journeys Within Boutique Hotel staff and their families
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Sunday Art Class at Journeys Within Our Community
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Family of four on a single moto in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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A family on tour visits the village where they donated a water well through JWOC.
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Srey Nut, Callie and Chen on a tuk tuk on their way to a play date in Siem Reap
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Couper on an island in Halong Bay
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Callie and Couper visit with their Nana in Halong Bay
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Binh at the Long Wall of Quang Ngai
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Andrea and Binh sit down with a villager at the Long Wall
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Brandon, Callie, Couper, Jo and Toby on a family vacation in Vietnam
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Andrea remembers her river guiding skills and steers the boat in the Mekong
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Rosie, Khoa and Michelle’s daughter, on the Mekong in Vietnam
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Couper serenades Rosie and Callie while on a boat in the Mekong.
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Callie and Andrea in Dalat, Vietnam
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Callie and Couper giving alms at a temple in Vietnam
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Andrea, Callie and Jo take a picture with their favortie tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Callie poses in her Ao Dai in Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Callie, Rosie and Couper in the bus on tour in Vietnam
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Brandon with his parents on flight to their next Vietnam destination
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Andrea, Brandon, Callie and Couper visit a homestay in Cambodia with Narla
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Brandon, Narla and the kids enjoy a picnic at a temple in Cambodia
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Brandon, Callie, Couper and Andrea at a temple in Cambodia.
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Brandon gives Couper a lift

Year 7: 2010

In our seventh year, Journeys Within coined our motto “Six Countries, One Team” when all of the country directors met in Siem Reap for our first ever director’s get-together.

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2010

Milestones:

Journeys Within opens office in Vietnam

Journeys Within introduces hotel karma ratings

Press:

Conde Nast Traveler: Andrea Ross – Top Travel Specialist

Gadling.com: Women’s only adventures a popular option

Blast Magazine: Newburyport girls making a difference in Cambodia

Chicago Tribune: 15-day Culinary Immersion Tour

Los Angeles Times: Vacationing with charity-minded tour operators

INSIDE Magazine: Trust your Southeast Asia adventure to Journeys Within

Chicago Tribune: A Month on the Mekong

Key Hires:

Michelle Nguyen:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2010

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

I felt excited to work with a team as passionate about travel, Asia and customer care as me. Despite being across six countries it is a close team.

Kate Tyler:

What year did join Team JW?:

2010

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

I thought, “Wow, everyone works so hard to make the best experience for every guest”

Sreyleak Ouk:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2010

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

Good tour company and really appreciated Andrea’s thoughts.  She is the absolute perfect relaxed boss who can run a tour company by herself.

 

Makara Put:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

Hello every body, I am Makara. I joined with Journeys Within since 2010. But I know Journeys Within for more than 6 years as I was a scholarship student of Journeys Within Our Community.

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

In the first year, I thought this team is amazing, because they have tour company that arrange tour for the travelers for 6 countries, they have a hotel, which is small, but get a lot of five star review form the guests, and they have NGO that provide a lot of supporting to Cambodia.

 

Special Memories from 2010:

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Callie on tour in Bangkok. Yep, our guides are kid friendly!
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Andrea and April in Kep, Cambodia
2010 baby thomas
Callie was so excited to meet baby Thomas
2010 bangkok
Andrea takes a tuk tuk in Bangkok
2010 Callie and Couper
Callie and Couper catch the sunset at a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Callie at Preah Vehir temple in Cambodia
2010 Callie in Vietnam
Callie gets measured for a new dress in Hoi An, Vietnam
2010 Cambodia Eco Lodge
Sunset at 4 Rivers Eco Lodge in Cambodia
2010 couper at koh ker
Couper after a fun day at the farm in Cambodia
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Team Journeys Within at the Director’s get together in Siem Reap, Cambodia
2010 Friends in PNH
April and Andrea at Friends restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2010 Humm and DAisy
Humm and baby Daizy
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Christmas party with the Journeys WIthin Boutique Hotel team
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Journeys Within Boutique Hotel and Tour Company team dress in traditional attire
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Journeys Within Boutique Hotel team
2010 JWBH Trip Advisor Travlers Choice Award
Journeys Within Boutique Hotel team celebrates receiving a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice award
2010 Khoa
Khoa volunteers at a class at JWOC in Siem Reap, Cambodia
2010 Kiao and family
Kiao and her beautiful family
2010 kids in sapa
Couper and Callie with friends they made on a trek in Sapa, Vietnam
2010 Koh Ker
Koh Ker Temple
2010 Linda and the kids
Linda and her beautiful kids
2010 Markara and Narla at Christmas
Makara and Narla model their new shorts which they received at the Chirstmas party
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Andrea, April and Kate really get into the spirit of Friday theme days, and dress as “gangsters”
2010 Narla
Narla volunteers at a JWOC class in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Nicole and Phaeng in traditional Lao attire for theme days in Luang Prabang, Laos
2010 Phaeng and the Hmong new year
Phaeng celebrates Hmong New Year with friends
2010 phnom pneh
A monk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2010 Santhou Sina and Tin
Santhou, Tin and Sina figure out their next move for the first ever team Angkor Wat scavenger hunt.
2010 Sapa
Sapa, Vietnam
2010 Scarlett baby
Another 2010 Team JW baby, Scarlett Cole, April’s daughter
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Team JW finds a way to stay together on the transfer into town

Year 6: 2009

In our sixth year, Journeys Within continued making the press for being pioneers in philanthropic travel, our team stayed busy not just planning and running guest tours but traveling throughout the region themselves, and Narla took his first trip to the US!

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2009

Milestones:

Andrea named a judge for the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards

Narla travels to the US for Journeys Within Our Community Fundraising tour

Touring to these countries:

Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma

Press:

Planet Good Radio: Vacations That Create Change

Do the Right Thing on Truth.Travel: A Tour Operator’s Take on Philanthropic Travel

Budget Travel: Lost in Laos

Girlfriend Getaways: Fly Girl – Andrea Ross

Conde Nast Traveler: 126 Top Travel Specialists

Capitalist Chicks: Social Entrepreneur – Andrea Ross

TalkShoe: Journeys Within Our Community & VolunTourism

Galavanting: Women’s Travel Magazine & Community

Special Memories from 2009:

Couper and Callie on a day tour in Seoul. Couper was not too enthusiastic about the tour, but he was still cute!
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Brandon, Narla and Andrea at Narla’s graduation ceremony.
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The hotel and tour company team head out to dinner in Siem Reap.
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Callie, Brandon and Couper having fun on a night tour of Angkor Wat.
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Andrea and Waew meeting in Bangkok. Waew was on the original JW Bangkok team.
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Callie being a great mahout taking care of her elephant at Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Callie and Srey Nut swimming at Journeys Within B & B aka Home.
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Students at Journeys Within Our Community are all smiles.
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Callie and Andrea take a bike ride on the dirt roads in Pakse, Laos.
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Andrea finds cell phone service on a boat on the Mekong in Laos. Callie finds a great place to take a nap!
2009 Andrea, Nicole and April in Laos
April, Nicole and Andrea having a little fun at the Green Travel Conference in Vientiane, Laos.
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Nicole, Andrea and April on a tour of the city in Vientiane, Laos.
2009 April at Cu chi tunnels
April in the Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon, Vietnam.
2009 Callie in Laos
Callie explores Southern Laos.
2009 Dinner with Mr Nam
April and Andrea with Mr and Mrs. Nam and their beautiful family in Saigon, Vietnam.
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Couper, Narla and Callie napping on the way back from SFO. Narla was tired from the long flight from Cambodia and Couper and Callie well, they were 3 and 4 years old and it’s exhausting being little!
2009 Nicole at JWOC
Nicole helps students at Phik Noy school in Luang Prabang, Laos.
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Andrea, Brandon and Narla attend an awards ceremony in Los Angeles for A Drop in the Bucket documentary which JWOC was featured.
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Narla gets the chance to tour the US while also fundraising for JWOC.
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Andrea finds cell service again! This time on a cyclo in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Andrea and April at the Friendship Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Andrea and April give alms to monks in Luang Prabang, Laos.

2009 Southern Laos
Sunset at La Folie Lodge in Southern Laos.

 

Year 5: 2008

In 2008 Journeys Within opened an office in Laos and was honored with a World Saver’s Award from Conde Nast Traveler.

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2008

Milestones:

Started Journeys Within Laos Office

Journeys Within receives the World Savers Award from Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

US Office moved from Sacramento to Truckee, CA

Touring to these countries:

Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma

Press:

ABC News Money Matters: Socially Conscious Travel: Interview with Andrea Ross, CEO, Journeys Within Tour Company

Conde Nast Traveler: 2008 World Savers Awards

Conde Nast Traveler: 128 World’s Top Travel Specialists

Daily Traveler: Help Cyclone Victims in Myanmar

Conde Nast Traveler: Guilt Free Tripping

Elite Traveler: Journeys Within Cultural Support in Southeast Asia

LA Times Travel & Adventure: How to Positively Impact the World Through Travel

Key Hires:

Nicole volunteering at Phik Noy school in Luang Prabang

Nicole Long:

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

I joined in 2008.  First, I joined the Journeys Within Our Community team in July of 2008 by heading the first branch out of our projects from Cambodia into Laos. Then in December of that year I joined the Journeys Within Laos office officially as Country Director.

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

I felt very excited to have an opportunity to work with this grassroots company that had a huge philanthropic heart in a country that was extremely unfamiliar to me. Sure, it was a difficult at times adjusting to a completely different world than the one I knew for the last six years working in NYC.  However, being in this exciting and sometimes overwhelming position taught me a great deal personally. It all forced me to reassess expectations and adapt myself to the ways and culture of Laos. It almost felt like my freshman year of college all over again!

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Phaeng in Luang Prabang with a view of the mighty Mekong River

Houmphaeng “Phaeng” Phommaly

What year did join Team Journeys Within?:

2008

What were your thoughts of the company that first year?:

I am so excited at that time so I know this company would grow.

Special Memories from 2008:

1.Phaeng Finding new B&B hotel Sep2006
Phaeng and John head by motobike to look for office space in Luang Prabang
2.Phaeng TOur Inspection Jul2008
Phaeng, Seila and Kristina on a tour of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang
3.Boat Trip Pak Ou caves Jul2008
Seila and Phaeng at the Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang
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Preschool kids at Phik Noy School (which is sponsored by JWOC) excitedly wait new school uniforms
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Students at Phik Noy School in Luang Prabang. Look at those smiles!!
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Neon green rice paddies in Laos
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A Buddha’s silhouette at Pak Ou Caves, Laos
Mekong trip in Can Tho with JW guests
Khoa guiding a tour on the Mekong Delta
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Phaeng, hard at work in the JW Laos office
Sunset over the Mekong in Luang Prabang, Laos
Sunset on the Mekong in Laos
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Tui, April and Gavin giving alms to a monk in Chiang Mai
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April’s son Gavin (2 years old) at a temple in Siem Reap
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April and her husband Chris visit Angkor Wat for the first time
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Narla, Jill, Seila, Sours, Makara meet at the lobby of Journeys Within B & B