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 >

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 >