Sally Hetherington

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Cambodia, Charity, Child Protection, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Featured, Poverty, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism

“We can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children.”

“Thank you for your work! We were in Cambodia and can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children,” the Instagram comment read.  At first glance, this may seem like a sweet comment and gesture. However for me, my heart started racing, alarm bells went off in my head, and I immediately texted a friend to complain about this group of people who are finding impoverished children in developing countries and giving them toys, “no strings attached.” According to  ...

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Cambodia, Featured, Tourism, Travel

How to Travel Safely in Cambodia

A friend of mine recently approached me for advice on how to travel safely in Cambodia. Although Cambodia is a relatively safe country, there are health risks, scams and unscrupulous people you should be alert about. These tips will help you enjoy your holiday whilst also ensuring you don’t need to end up at the police station. Don’t use your phone/iPad/electronics in a tuk-tuk – I know multiple people who have had their personal possessions stolen from them whilst riding  ...

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Cambodia, Featured, Tourism

Don’t fall for this Cambodian tourist trap

In 2016 I was in contact with a man from Italy whose Rotaract club had previously donated funds to Human and Hope Association. He was coming to Siem Reap and wanted advice on what to do. I gave him some suggestions, then told him that he shouldn’t visit Chong Khneas in Tonle Sap, a major tourist trap that takes advantage of tourists, exploits children and invades the privacy of villagers who live on the water. When this man visited Human and Hope Association a few weeks later, he told me  ...

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Cambodia, Child Protection, Developing countries, Featured

We have come to play games with the children

My journey to empowerment and sustainability started as me being a voluntourist. I honestly thought that I was helping. Looking back though, I realise that I didn’t bring any benefit to the organisation. What those children from vulnerable backgrounds needed was consistency in their lives. My one month of sub-standard, often hungover teaching didn’t give them that. And you know what? There are some people who go to organisations and do the same thing I did for as little as one hour. They  ...

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