Founder & Director (Cambodia & Australia)
Vin first travelled to Cambodia in 2012, on extended leave from his job in Australia’s youth tourism industy, and instantly fell in love with the Khmer culture and the people of Cambodia. During his initial trip to Cambodia, Vin met Kosal and the wonderful team at a local food program in Siem Reap. Returning to Australia, Vin decided to create a plan of action to return to Cambodia and set-up what is now Life Project Cambodia. 12 months after his return to Australia, Vin moved to Cambodia in 2013 and teamed up with Kosal to create Life Project.
As part of ongoing training with Life Project, Vin has completed a Diploma in Social Work Studies and Child Protection workshops and training sessions. Vin is passionate about empowering children and youth to create their own solutions to poverty – breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a brighter future for themselves, their family and community.
Vin has lived in Cambodia full-time since 2013, volunteering to assist Life Project Cambodia’s local team where ever possible and working to fundraise, network and maintain relationships with donors in Australia.
Co-Founder & Director (Cambodia)
Kosal is the co-founder and director of Life Project Cambodia Organization. Together with Vin Kebblewhite, Kosal has been an integral part of the team from the very beginning, and it’s Kosal’s home village in Chi Kreng where many of our students call home. Having built an excellent relationship with the commune and village officials, a deep understanding of the many issues that face the community, and the trust of our student’s families, it’s with great pride that Kosal returns to his home town to help break the cycle of poverty.
Kosal has many years of experience working with the local community and helping disadvantaged families, children and youth, having helped set-up and manage Touch-A-Life Food Program for 6 years prior to teaming up with Vin to create Life Project Cambodia. As a teenager and young man, Kosal was also a Buddhist monk for 6 years.
As part of ongoing training at Life Project, Kosal has completed a Diploma in Social Work Studies and several Child Protection workshops and training sessions. As our organization grows, so does our team, and Kosal has now moved away from project management to focus on other areas of Life Project.
Alanna first fell in love with South East Asia on a trip to remote villages in Thailand during 2006. This travel experience was one that not only opened her eyes but also her heart to the culture, beautiful landscape and infectiously happy people. After many trips back to fall in love with the culture and people, Alanna was seeking a way in which she could make a difference.
Alanna met Vin, LPC founder, in 2011 in Sydney while they were both working in the Youth Tourism Industry. With shared passions in both travel and helping others, Vin asked Alanna to join the LPC team based in Australia. Together they worked within their industry to host numerous fundraising events and with Vin now living in Cambodia, Alanna became the roots of the Australian team. The annual industry fundraiser which Alanna has hosted each year, has continued to grow in attendance and support from around Australia.
With a young family of her own, Alanna continues to support Life Project Cambodia during regular trips and contact with the team based in Siem Reap and teaches her children the importance of helping others.
Jordan’s love affair with South East Asia began in 2003 when he traveled to Thailand with his older brother – lured by the promise of cheap beer and tattoos. Not long after landing, he became captivated by the welcoming warmth of the Thai people and the family-orientated culture embedded throughout all of South East Asia.
Through his work in Australia’s adventure tourism industry as a hostel operator in Melbourne and Brisbane, Jordan has developed a passion for travel ventures abroad at any opportunity. Together with a work colleague, he established a spoof ‘outlaw bikie gang’ in 2014 called The Pho Bros (in place of Harley-Davidsons and Choppers, these legends only ride 100cc scooters).
Led by Jordan, the 25 members of The Pho Bros have journeyed through Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia – choosing a different country to explore each year. As a way to give back to the countries they traveled to, in 2016 the group decided to add a humanitarian element to each trip. Since they were traveling to Cambodia in 2016, the group undertook a grassroots fundraising campaign to raise money for Life Project Cambodia. With the support of friends, family, Base Backpackers, Nomads Hostels, Carlton Unitied Breweries and the wider community, the campaign raised more than AUD $26,000 in just four months.
In 2017, Jordan decided to join the Life Project Cambodia (Australia) team to help build on the great work already being done – to the absolute delight of everyone at Life Project.