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, Responsible Tourism, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

A day in Siem Reap on the cheap

My friend Julian recently visited Siem Reap as part of a tour package. Given he had already been to the temples, I wanted to provide him with a memorable experience, which of course didn’t break my minuscule budget. For most of the day we were on our motorbike, which reduced the costs a tourist would be faced with. If you decide to take a tuk-tuk around, it would probably cost about $35 for the whole day, as these destinations are in opposite directions. Human and Hope Association  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Laos, Myanmar, Poverty, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism, Social problems, South East Asia, Thailand, Travel, Voluntourism

So you want to volunteer to teach in a developing country

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 who visit Cambodia to ‘teach’ are unqualified teenagers or young adults who are still learning themselves. Would you want your child to learn from someone who wasn’t qualified to teach; who didn’t possess the necessary skills to control a class; who may be so  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Responsible Tourism, South East Asia, Temples, Travel

Angkor Code of Conduct

Boy, was I SUPER excited when I saw a copy of the ‘Angkor Code of Conduct’ in my seat on a Cambodia Angkor Air flight. Finally, a way to spread the word about how to act appropriately at Siem Reap’s sacred temples! In case you haven’t heard of this Code of Conduct, the breakdown of good behaviour is below: Dress code – If people can see your shoulders or knees, it is inappropriate. Leave the tank tops and shorts at your hotel. Monuments – Avoid touching  ...

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