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Our Tour Directors

We appoint tour directors who accompany the group from Australia where numbers have generally reached 16 (or depending upon the destination, it may be fewer than this). They have significant experience in management at senior levels as well as in professional tour leadership. They are great travelling companions with an ability to communicate, to stimulate and enlighten. Local specialist guides are engaged in each country, usually accompanying the tour from its arrival to its departure point.

Jackie Thomson:

Masters Degree in Studies of Asia and a strong interest in Asian history, society and cultures as well as the inclusion of intercultural understanding in the Australian Curriculum. Jackie has participated in many study tours and travelled extensively in Asia. She currently works as a lecturer at Flinders University Adelaide.

Julie Presser:

Past Principal of The Adelaide Secondary School of English. Julie lived and worked in India in the mid-nineteen eighties and has also been a keen traveller to many Asian destinations since 1975. Following the completion of her Post-Graduate Certificate Including Studies of Asia in Curriculum from Flinders University, she has participated in and escorted a number of study tours for educators and leaders to Thailand, Laos, Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, India and Nepal.

Pamela Stewart:

Pamela has a Master of Education (Studies of Asia) Degree and has worked in the Asia literacy field for more than 30 years as the WA Asia Education Foundation State Advisor, the AEF’s Australian Curriculum Strategy Manager, and as a writer of Asia-focussed digital resources. In these roles, Pamela has led a wide range of study tours to India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. She has led and number of Zen Oriental Journeys’ programs including our recent Momijigari: Journey to Japan. She is recently retired as Principal Consultant, Curriculum Support, for the Department of Education WA.

Ruth Flaherty:

An experienced Arts educator and currently an Academic Tutor at the Flinders University’s Faculty of Education. Ruth specialised in textiles and design at the SA School of Art. Her thesis explored ‘Three Dimensional textiles’ and she has taught textile art at TAFE SA and in schools. Her textile work has been exhibited in many exhibitions including RSASA, SALA and the exclusive fibre and textiles exhibition 'Stranded'. Ruth also holds a M.ed (Studies of Asia) and has been a tour director for many Asian and European tours.

Sue DeLeo:

Masters Degree in Education, Including Studies of Asia and has been involved with in country study tours to Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. A specialist educator, Sue has written curriculum, lead workshops and presented lectures to Post graduate teachers. Sue has travelled extensively throughout Morocco in pursuit of her special interest in Zellige tiles in Maghrebi art and architecture and the influence of the hybrid aesthetic Indo-Islamic art and architecture across the sub continent and South East Asia.
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