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visiting a Cambodian orphanage

Posted by sayadian on 21/1/2010 at 16:06

Is visiting a Cambodian orphanage as a tourist (not as a volunteer) the modern equivalent of the 19th century propensity to visit an asylum?
In other words what are people's motives.

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Posted by DLuek on 22/1/2010 at 09:40 TF writer

If the tourist gives some sort of charity (money, food, health supplies, etc.) to the orphanage during the visit then it's an act of good will. If the tourist doesn't give anything and just wants to take pictures of a bunch of Cambodian kids to add to their trip pictures, then it's an act of selfishness.

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Posted by DuncanStuart on 2/2/2010 at 10:47

Agree with DLuek. It is just unbelievablY rude when well-heeled tourists visit an orphanage, or attend a show put on as a fundraising effort by the orphans and then walk away without giving at all. Completely insensitive.

If as a visitor you wish to "shop around" to find a cause that suits your sensibility, then fine - but do your research on the web.

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Posted by travelsalone on 28/5/2010 at 23:32

Bringing rice, fruit, maybe school/art supplies and interacting with the children a bit is usually welcomed. Giving money is risky as you don't always know exactly where is goes.

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Posted by Sophia_India on 2/6/2010 at 18:38

I think its a nice thing as long as its not just for photos etc.... Bring something with you, pens, colouring in pencils, sweets.

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