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Hostel/hotel volunteer work.

Posted by CraigCorcoran on 26/10/2015 at 07:24


Does anyone know any hostels/hotels in Cambodia that are looking for 2 volunteers in exchange for free accommodation & food?

We have already checked workaway & helpx.


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Posted by TerroirTravel on 26/10/2015 at 22:47

Hi Craig,

You know that you can get food and lodging for pretty cheap in Cambodia, right? Also, you wouldn't want to put a local out of a (low-paying) job, would you?

I'm not sure what your motivation is for travel, but you may want to reconsider your motives here. Contribute to the local economy, rather than take away from it.


#2 TerroirTravel has been a member since 1/2/2014. Posts: 76

Posted by socialispiice on 24/11/2015 at 04:23

I think you should try madmonkeyhostels, hope it will help you.

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Posted by CraigCorcoran on 25/11/2015 at 21:49

TerroirTravel i will not be putting any Cambodians out of work. In places such as Cambodia they take on westerns like myself to do a bit voluntary PR'in , talking to other westerners etc & they also give Cambodian people the paid jobs in bars, receptions, cleaners etc. This is pretty common & your not doing anyone one out a job.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 27/11/2015 at 01:40

Sorry Craig, but there are plenty of Cambodians who are trained in PR and do this professionally.

Anytime somebody volunteers to do something "in exchange" or joins some voluntourism scheme, that means someone isn't getting paid to do the work. Whether the organisation in question had the money to pay for the work is open to debate and will vary from situation to situation (maybe they couldn't have afforded to hire someone to do it, so the work just wouldn't get done otherwise). But automatically claiming that something is "not doing anyone out of a job" because it's the sort of work typically done by "Westerners" is nonsensical.

I also don't know anything about what your background or skills are, so please don't take this as an attack on you specifically, but rather as a general comment on some of the attitudes I see:

I sometimes see people assuming that they, as a Westerner, are somehow automatically more sophisticated than the local job market (the kind of "I'll help those poor third world people by showing them how it should be done" approach). Unless someone's got more than ten years of experience running PR and marketing campaigns in the local region, they're going to be considerably less knowledgeable and sophisticated than the local market. So I'd suggest anyone thinking about this approach to travel should first think very carefully about what their skills really can bring to the table, rather than assuming as a Westerner that they can automatically add tonnes of value (and that the hotels approached would actually want what is being offered).

Good luck on your trip.

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Posted by chinarocks on 27/11/2015 at 04:52

Lay off the OP would be my suggestion.

#6 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738

Posted by exacto on 27/11/2015 at 23:19

this seems like fair comment and an interesting topic. I think most of us try to limit the negative impacts when we travel. is this type of volunteer work taking away from or adding to the local economy? it would be a good discussion topic for another thread.
my question is the same as TT's above. food and accommodation are pretty affordable in southeast Asia. I cannot imagine it would be worth my time to trade even an hour a day for a room when I travel, but i'm usually only out for a month or two, not trying to make ends meet during a gap year. regards.

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Posted by TerroirTravel on 2/12/2015 at 22:18

Ah, so you're looking to pass out flyers to/hustle other westerners in exchange for a room? I've seen this often enough.

I guess I'll stick with my thought above- when you go to a poor country, what these small business owners really need is your money. Be the good guy that pays without the hustle.

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