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Alex founded TU in 2017 with the ambitious goal of starting a travel company that would not only provide great learning experiences to Australian students, but also support the development of sustainable tourism in Timor-Leste. Over the years Alex has lead a team of local staff to coordinate educational immersion programs as well as manage tourism development programs. Alex has experience in a range of industries in Timor-Leste, including education, agriculture, environmental management, and tourism. Alex's background is in health and safety in education and all ensures that comprehensive risk management strategies are implemented on all our travel programs. Alex is the main point of contact with our clients and works closely with our group leaders to design itineraries specific to focus areas of learning.
Anas has been heavily involved in tourism in Timor-Leste since 2015. He has lead school and university immersion groups, coordinated the Dili-Darwin Yacht race, provided tour guide training for over 200 university students for cruise ship events, managed hotels and run motorbike adventure tours. As a Youth Ambassador for the UN Anas has participated in leadership, entrepreneurship and public speaking programs. He has lived, studied and traveled throughout cities in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia and is now completing a Business and Economics degree at university in Dili. As our operations manager Anas' role is to organise logistics, participate in stakeholder meetings, and confirm bookings to ensure everything runs smoothly on our programs. Anas plays an important role as our senior guide on immersion programs leading our groups and providing training and mentorship to our junior staff.
NORBERTO SORES DA CRUZ
HOMESTAY COORDINATOR AND TOUR GUIDE
Norberto grew up in the small rural village where our homestay program is based. He has travelled to Australia a number of times including on a 3 month scholarship studying English in Brisbane. For the last 7 years Norberto has worked as translator, driver, and guide for various educational groups visiting Timor-Leste. As our homestay coordinator Norberto's role is to liaise with our homestay families, facilitate activities in the community and assist with training sessions. Our homestay program allows families to diversify their source of income through sustainable tourism. Norberto is passionate about sharing his culture and proud to work in this key role.
Kaka works behind the scenes to ensure that we impliment the best environmental sustainability practices avaliable. He assists with implimenting appropriate waste management solutions and meets with restaurants and hotels providers to assist them with meeting our minimum sustainability requirements. Kaka is currently studying engineering at university in Dili and in his spare time runs an NGO called 3Rs Timor-Leste. 3Rs aim to reduce pollution in Timor-Leste by increasing awareness through education. In 2019, Kaka started Timor-Leste's first environmental education centre. Kaka meets with all our immersion groups and provideds educational presentations on environmental conservation and challenges in Timor-Leste.
TOUR GUIDES AND DRIVERS
For our immersion programs we employ passionate and enthusiastic guides who have graduated or are studying tourism at university. In Timor-Leste, there are few opportunities for tourism graduates to gain work experience in the tourism industry. On all our programs we aim to employ as many local staff as possible. School immersion groups provide an excellent opportunity for our junior staff to receive mentorship and training, practice tour guide skills and understand how to safely manage group travel programs. All our guides receive training in child protection, workplace health and safety, emergency procedures, safe driving practices, tour guide presentation skills, and sustainable tourism principles. We encourage diversity and employ people from all different backgrounds.