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Orphanage to visit in Cambodia

Posted by archiebaby on 12/9/2007 at 18:45

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

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Posted by tazzy on 13/9/2007 at 14:10

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

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Posted by sayadian on 21/10/2011 at 16:37

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.'

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Posted by frasmc on 21/10/2011 at 22:12

Sorry to further rain on your parade, but just yesterday the Travelfish blog for Phnom Penh also had a post against orphanages.

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Posted by sayadian on 22/10/2011 at 01:46

Well, I did spot it afterwards.Just goes to prove, great minds think alike. :-)

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Posted by Suturn on 22/6/2012 at 08:21

#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:

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Posted by Suturn on 22/6/2012 at 08:25


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


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Posted by busylizzy on 22/6/2012 at 16:49

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:

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