Hello, I am wanting to visit some Orphanages in Cambodia in October 07, I only have 5 days, can anyone help me with how to go about this please
#1 archiebaby has been a member since 12/9/2007. Posts: 22
You could try this web site, it is an Australian lady who runs orphanages in Siem Reap Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville.
You could also get in contact with Henrik at the Small Hotel in Sihanoukville, he funds a school there for the street kids and may give you some info
#2 tazzy has been a member since 13/9/2007. Posts: 2
This article in the Phnom Penh Post might be of interest to anyone thinking of volunteering in an orphanage.This organisation seems quite scathing in its attack on 'voluntourism.'
#4 The link on Travelfish doesn't direct on an article about orphanages. Anyway, Orphanage volunteering (or Orphanage Tourism) is a filthy business. It's just terribly stressing for the children to have new people every week and being forced to show affection to them. Here some other tips:
Anyone visiting an orphanage who experiences one or more of the following red flags, should contact a watchdog NGO such as SISHA immediately:
Children receive little or no supervision from orphanage staff
Children are provided with unsanitary/poor living conditions
Children sleep in unisex sleeping quarters
Volunteers are left unsupervised with children
Any signs of abuse on a child
Orphanage allows visitors to take the children out of the orphanage with no supervision
Visitors are not asked to provide a police check or background check before entering the orphanage
Suturn, the link provided by framsc above was probably broken when the blogs were restructured recently.
Two good TF blog articles to read about volunteering considerations can be found here: