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 >

Thoughts About Direct Aid

A few years ago I was at a hospital about 60km from Siem Reap, Cambodia. My friend, a nurse, was working as an advisor there to build the capacity of the nursing staff. She became frustrated as the staff weren’t taking care of their equipment. When she raised the issueRead more >

This is Why You Shouldn’t Be a Voluntourist Teacher

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So you want to travel to Cambodia as a voluntourist and teach children. It is great that you have the urge to help, but before you jump online and book your flights, stop and ask yourself the following questions. Am I qualified? Firstly, are you a qualified teacher? Many people whoRead more >

This is Why You Shouldn’t Buy From Street Children

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Although it is tempting, buying from street children isn’t the answer to helping these kids. “Ten postcards for one dollar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten”. The young girl at Ta Prohm temple showed the postcards she was holding to the tourist waiting in the tuk-tukRead more >