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 >

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 >

How to help in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Are you heading to Cambodia and looking for ways you can help in Siem Reap? Instead of jumping on the ‘voluntourism’ wagon, which has many negative consequences, you can effectively help in other ways! The best way you can help Cambodians is to be a responsible traveller. Do your research aboutRead more >

Four social enterprises to support in Cambodia

When you visit Cambodia you are bound to come across many Cambodian social enterprises. These social enterprises usually support the work of an NGO (non-government organisation), or simply just care about fair wages and conditions for their workers. Unless you are staying for an extended period of time, I doubtRead more >