Sally Hetherington

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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, 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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Myanmar, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

Nga Htat Gyi, the ‘five story pagoda’

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda features a 20-metre high Buddha statue. It is situated at the Ashay Tanya Monastery, and is nearby the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha in Yangon. The walk up to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is pleasant. At the bottom entrance you will find two large white and gold mythological lions who guard the temple. Following this, there is a flight of stairs that are on a gradual incline, with benches on both sides. You can take your time to walk up these stairs, and despite the heat of  ...

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Australia, Travel

Where to Go in the Royal National Park

Before this year, I had only been to the Royal National Park once, and that was for leadership training in 2010.  Little did I know, the Royal National Park is a marvellous place that you can visit multiple times and never get bored. We are so lucky to have this natural beauty right in Sydney. Whether you are visiting for the day or a week, the Royal National Park has something for everyone. Here is where I went during my one-day visit. Audley Visitor Centre We reached the Royal National  ...

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