The Problem With False Promises

There used to be a Khmer volunteer who taught at Human and Hope Association in addition to his full-time work teaching at a nearby NGO. The NGO he taught at was funded primarily by Australians who frequently visited the organisation. He formed a close relationship with a lady he calledRead more >

Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap, Cambodia

When visiting Siem Reap, you won’t be short on places to buy souvenirs. The question is, where have those souvenirs been made? According to the Angkor Handicraft Association, around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighbouring countries. I, for one, prefer to buy local and support fairRead more >

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas is almost upon us. Every year, people around the world spend billions of dollars on gifts, many of which are not made ethically. This year, instead of frantically purchasing a myriad of presents, how about carefully selecting a few instead? You can limit waste AND ensure that your dollarsRead more >

Are you a charity worker who needs extra money?

Having moved back from Cambodia in January after earning between zero and $200 a month for the past five years, my financial situation wasn’t the greatest. Thankfully, I utilised the online world to earn some extra cash to keep me afloat. Though these sources of income probably won’t generate enoughRead more >

Why you shouldn’t volunteer or visit orphanages in Cambodia

Although you may think you are ‘giving back’ by volunteering or visiting an orphanage, you are actually contributing to the rise in Cambodia’s fake orphanages. During my five years living in Siem Reap, I witnessed an alarming increase in the rise of Cambodia’s fake orphanages. Many orphanages are set up asRead more >