Sally Hetherington

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From Australia to Cambodia and Back to Australia

When I was 25 I took a career break and moved to Cambodia, with the intention of working there for 15 months in the position of Volunteer Coordinator at a day centre for former street children. It was while I was in my position as Volunteer Coordinator, that I eventually realized I was not helping the future of Cambodians. I was encouraging unskilled volunteers to come and essentially play with vulnerable children for a few weeks at a time, for a fee. Because volunteers were always coming  ...

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The Best Cambodian Social Enterprises to Support

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 doubt you will be able to visit every Cambodian social enterprise that exists, as much as you may want to! To help you to shop and dine responsibly, I have composed this short-list of  ...

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Five reasons to support THIS grassroots charity

It is easy to get overwhelmed when visiting Cambodia. Although the country has developed substantially over the past few years, there are still many people living below the poverty line, or just above it. That is where grassroots charities come in. Whether they provide university scholarships, food support, education or microfinance loans, they all claim to make a difference. There are a few grassroots charities that stand high above the rest, and one of them is Human and Hope Association  ...

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Why you should REALLY reconsider supporting voluntourism

My stance on voluntourism isn’t a popular one. Some people feel that I am discouraging them from helping people in developing countries. However, they couldn’t be more incorrect. I am encouraging people to help, but to do so in effective and well thought out ways.  You see, the voluntourism industry has continued to expand over the past few years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. It is frightening to see that unskilled, 18 year olds are heading over to countries  ...

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