Shopping Ethically in Siem Reap, Cambodia

When visiting Siem Reap, you won’t be short on places to buy souvenirs. The question is, where have those souvenirs been made? According to the Angkor Handicraft Association, around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighbouring countries. I, for one, prefer to buy local and support fair wages

“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

Why an e-book?

Today marks the release of ‘It’s Not About Me’ in e-book format.  I have pushed for an e-book release to make it accessible to people across the globe. Voluntourism is a global issue, and I want people in all countries to be able to access the book to read about

Must-See Documentaries About Cambodia

Cambodia is a fascinating country.  Many who visit fall in love with the luscious green rice fields, the smiles of the local people and the relatively low cost of living. However, there is a sinister side. Take the time to learn more about the political and social issues that Cambodians face

Exposing children to abuse as voluntourists

The Cambodian women shuddered as the photo came on the screen of young foreign women holding Cambodian children in their arms. “Sally, we would never want other people to hold our children like that,” they told me. We continued through the slideshow of photos showing voluntourism activities, and they tutted as