Sally Hetherington

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Voluntourism

Cambodia, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Poverty Tourism, Thoughts, Voluntourism

Treating Children as ‘Team Building’ Activities

One day in February 2016, Human and Hope Association was approached by a tour company in Phnom Penh. They wanted to bring 15 tourists from India to Human and Hope Association to “teach, play with the kids and do something competitive” so that those tourists would have ‘team building’. If we allowed them to do that, they would give us a donation in return. I was absolutely mortified. I had known that this was common practice with some tour companies, however, we had never been approached to  ...

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Cambodia, Charity, Child Protection, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Featured, Orphanages, Poverty, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism, Social problems, South East Asia, Thoughts, Travel, Voluntourism

Read This Before Paying to Volunteer Overseas

Recently, Projects Abroad announced that by the end of 2017, they will no longer send volunteers to help directly in orphanages, instead focus on supporting community-based care for children. Although this is great progress for a company that generates great profits through the vulnerable, this isn’t enough. Organisations such as Projects Abroad and IVHQ offer a wide range of experience for voluntourists, such as social work, animal care, building and agriculture, in addition to the  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association, Voluntourism

The importance of championing for local communities

“Cambodians should help themselves and their own people whenever they can. By running their own NGO’s, they can demonstrate the ability to successfully operate organisations on their own. They then become good role models to other organisations that depend on foreigners and give Cambodians confidence in themselves. When Cambodians run their own NGO’s, they eliminate the assumption of some Cambodians and foreigners who say that some jobs can only be undertaken by foreign nationals. It is  ...

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Cambodia, Voluntourism

This is why you shouldn’t browse social media at night

Does anyone else browse social media when they can’t sleep? I do, and I always tend to regret it. The other night, unable to sleep despite knowing I would have to get up at 5:30am the next day, I hopped on Instagram and searched ‘voluntourism’. You know, just to let my blood boil. I came across a photo of a white girl surrounded by Cambodian children, so I clicked on the photo to investigate it further. And what do you know, the photo was taken at an English school that is  ...

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