What is the Educational Travel Advisory?

Educational Travel Advisory is a professional group of education, health, community development, social entrepreneur and humanitarian aid specialists, that share our passions and values. The members are selected for their commitment to ‘changing lives’. Educational Travel Advisory mentors our team so that we may better serve our partner communities, schools and organisations.

Why do we need the Educational Travel Advisory?

Buffalo Tours is proud of our Educational Travel team. Educational Travel is a dedicated ‘profit for purpose’ team mandated to create sustainable projects across Asia that alleviate poverty, preserve local cultures and protect environments. Educational Travel accomplishes this through:

  • Educational services
  • Project management services
  • Job creation
  • Local entrepreneurship development
  • Community micro credit funds
  • Community health promotion

To ensure Educational Travel’s contributions to our communities are sustained long-term as effective poverty reduction and community development initiatives, the Educational Travel Advisory provides mentoring and professional guidance.

Who has joined the Educational Travel Advisory?


Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. – Former Classroom Teacher & President of CBK Associates—International Education Consultants

Cathy is known for program development and highly engaging workshops and keynote addresses that inspire and promote student engagement. She has extensive experience in K-12 settings in the United States and across the globe.

She travels more than 180 days annually to provide professional development on service learning, high level literacy, advisory, and effective teaching strategies for engaged youth, all toward creating a dynamic classroom experience for students and teachers.

Cathryn is also the author, and coauthor of the following publications:

Jimmy Pham

Jimmy Pham – KOTO Founder, Executive Chairman & Social Entrepreneur

KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One” and underlies Jimmy’s philosophy: “to be successful means giving back”.

Jimmy emigrated with his mother and four older siblings from Vietnam in 1974, eventually settling in Australia in 1980. Jimmy’s professional background in tourism and hospitality management brought him back to Vietnam in 1996, where he witnessed the plight of at-risk youth on the streets of Hanoi.

From a sandwich stall manned by nine street youth in 1999, KOTO has grown into an internationally recognized and award-winning non-profit social enterprise providing a 24-month intensive vocational training program in life skills, English language and restaurant hospitality for at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

KOTO has graduated nearly 700 trainees who form the extensive KOTO Alumni Association (KAA) and at any given time there are 150 trainees enrolled in the training program.

hazel rands

Hazel Rands, MAP; Grad Cert Clinical Teaching; BN; RN, RM – Senior Lecturer & Internationalisation Lead, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Hazel brings over 30 years of experience to the Advisory, having worked across paediatric, emergency, oncology, midwifery, community, rural and international health settings.

Hazel’s research includes clinical teaching, international placements, community nursing, migrant and refugee health and family nursing practice.

As the Academic Lead for the Griffith University’s international placements since 2009, Hazel has developed and supervised clinical placements for over 300 students in Thailand, Laos, India and Kiribati. From 2014 to 2017 she was appointed to the role of Program Director for the School which also included managing the off-shore campus for Nursing 320 students in Singapore.

Hazel is currently developing a new clinical placement initiative as a consortium with several Australian universities to provide an inter-professional learning experience for health students.

Andy Dorn

Andy Dorn – IB Humanities teacher & the IB CAS Coordinator at NIST International School, Bangkok.

He has taught in his native New Zealand, South Korea, China and Thailand. His current teaching subjects of Geography, Humanities and Environmental Systems and Societies intersect very well with his position as CAS coordinator and allow him to see some of the unique connections between curriculum and service learning.

Andy believes that engaging students in effective service projects is a powerful form of inquiry learning that helps to develop a variety of skills and attributes in students and also strengthens overall learning. His educational work in community development and social enterprise has been highlighted in IB Journals and EARCOS workshops.

In 2015 Andy founded Empower Action,  a group of educators committed to empowering themselves and others to take appropriate and effective action towards addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG’s). To date he has run Empower Action workshops in Thailand, Hong Kong and Cambodia promoting SDG’s in learning.

Kim Green

Kim Green – Head of Secondary at the International School of Dhaka in Bangladesh (moving to Director of Qatar Academy Sidra – Doha, Qatar from August 2017).

Prior to her current posting Kim served as the Secondary Principal at the Vientiane International School in Laos for 8 years. All three schools are three programme IB World Schools.

She has 21 years of teaching and administrative experience. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from Bath University. In 2014 she published Re-thinking Leadership Development in Schools a book that shares her research of an effective framework for leadership development in schools.

Recently, via the IB Asia Pacific Conference 2017, she launched the concepts of servirprenuers. Kim defines Servirpreneurs as those that navigate hurdles, demonstrate resilience, apply risk mitigation strategies and are reflective of their impact on society. This conceptual lens drives the work that she has been doing with her team in Dhaka to build a sustainable ‘Service Learning Programme Model’ that empowers students to go beyond the tip of the ‘Service Iceberg’.

David Begbie

David Begbie – Director of Crossroads Foundation’s experiential simulation programs & Senior Spokesman for the Humanitarian Aid and Development Organisation, headquartered in Hong Kong.

Over the past 20 years, David has spoken widely about the work of this organisation, representing them for the press, educational institutions, business corporations, consular and United Nations events.

He is also the director of Crossroads’ experiential programs which has seen over 150,000 participants engage in simulations of world crises, including attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Master of Arts in NGO Leadership. He grew up in Asia, living in the region for over 35 years. He makes his home in Hong Kong with his wife and two sons.

Deborah chan

Deborah Chan has over 12 years experience in community development and missions work, most recently completing a two year tenure in Battambang, Cambodia.

In Battambang she built four rural literacy centres, trained local teachers and spearheaded program hosting over 200 volunteers and raising awareness about effective international aid and community development.

Deb’s is a freelance writer and sustainable tourism consultant with Wild Asia. Deb’s writing has appeared in Travel & Leisure, Asian Geographic, The Star (Malaysia’s leading newspaper), Going Places Magazine, Wild Asia, Smart Travel Asia, Yahoo! Travel and Rough Guides. She continues to tell travel tales on her website.

She has assessed over 70 sustainable tourism award applications and visited over 40 sustainable tourism operators across Asia. Deborah holds a Bachelors in Mass Communication with double majors in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

Deborah is currently residing in Sabah, Malaysia working amongst and for indigenous marginalised communities to empower, elevate and educate the people of the land to bring about a brighter future for the next generation.