ABOUTAsia Schools founder Andrew Booth grew up on a farm in rural Gloucestershire, England. As a student at the local comprehensive school, he won his school’s first place at Oxford University, where he proceeded to earn an honors degree in Physics (atomic and solid state). From there he traveled to London and spent 15 years working in finance, ultimately founding and directing a highly successful specialist-trading team for a large investment bank. He left the bank in October 2002 to travel extensively.
An accomplished athlete, Andy rowed at international level and was named British National Champion in 1994. His travels eventually led him to Cambodia where he felt an immediate connection with its people and land. Andy subsequently established ABOUTAsia Travel to increase area commerce and provide jobs for the community. He now uses profits from ABOUTAsia Travel to support the community and educational work of ABOUTAsia Schools.
Schools Manager: Holly Bygrave
Holly has recently joined the ABOUTAsia Schools team as the new Schools Manager, looking after our existing Learning Centers, overseeing the set up of the new Learning Center and working with Ecole Paul Debrule to set up our new Scholarship Program.
Holly moved to Siem Reap in 2018 following a two week holiday in Cambodia where she fell in love with the country, the people, and the way of life. She spent her first year here working as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and volunteering with a local NGO school before joining ABOUTAsia Schools. Prior to moving to Cambodia, Holly had been living in London and working in the IT and Telecoms industries. Despite her background in IT, Holly is passionate about education and believes that it can be used to break the cycle of poverty in the poorer parts of Cambodia.
English Program Manager: Sik Sejane
Sejane joined the ABOUTAsia Schools team in 2016. As an English Program Manager, his role is to support ABOUTAsia Schools’ English teachers, most of whom teach in the rural areas of Siem Reap, by sharing ideas on how they can improve their English knowledge, sharing experiences on teaching methodology and helping motivate them in their jobs.
At the young age of 22, Sejane was already teaching for an incredible 8 years. He began to work for ABOUTAsia Schools as a volunteer, where his talents in the classroom were quickly recognized, leading to his promotion as an English teacher and a facilitating teacher in quick succession. His openness to trying new techniques has made him a real key player in ABOUTAsia Schools’ Training Academy Sessions, and has seen himself selected as one of the future teacher trainers.
A university graduate, Sejane vales education dearly. He loves teaching and wants all his students to have a good education for their future. He has a strong commitment to help poor people in his countryside and to expand their knowledge base so that they have a chance to break the circle of poverty as they grow up.