We have recently visited Siem Reap and the highlight of our visit there was a visit to ACODO (www.acodo.org ), a local orphanage and school for underprivileged and disabled children. We taught english there for a day and also attended their evening traditional dance show (performed by the orphans). I am really trying to help this wonderful organisation as I know they are currently not only struggling to find volunteers and an audience for their performance but also to feed the children.
The performance is free and is at their school/orphanage only a $3 Tuk Tuk from town. It is 6.30pm every night and goes for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. The dancing is incredibly good and these amazing children (68 of whom live in one small room with only 2 long wooden platforms for beds) dance with so much enthusiasm and pride. We loved it! Of course donations are accepted after the show and these are vitally important to this organisation.
Would recommend it to anyone visiting Siem Reap.
#1natisafunkymonkey has been a member since 6/10/2008. Posts: 5
Posted by KarenSteveCalgary on 5/12/2010 at 00:36
My husband and I recently visited ACODO this November (2010) as we were 'toured out' and were looking for something different to do in the Siem Reap area. Initially it was the Khmer dancing show that intrigued us, but travel blogs such as this encouraged us to do more than just go to the show, so we spent the day there.
We were warmly greeted by several staff, and spent the entire day talking and playing with the children (it was a holiday in Cambodia so no school that day). For both of us, this day was a highlight to our 3-week trip to Asia. The Khmer dancing and musical show is a must-see as the kids are very talented, and the costumes are beautiful. Admission is free and the show starts at 630 pm daily.
Even better was the interaction with the kids - All are very eager to learn more about your Country and to practice English. Despite the beginnings in life that these kids have had, all seem to be very happy within their new home at ACODO. It is rewarding to contribute to an organization that is trying to provide a safe atmosphere to grow up in, and education and training to secure hopes of a positive future in a country that is slowly recovering from its traumatic past.
This young generation of Cambodians represent the future of the country. Helping through visiting and watching the performance, encouraging the kids about school, bringing school supplies or any other forms of assistance goes a long way here. Currently, the staff at ACODO are trying to raise funds for a teaching farm outside of Siem REap where the kids will learn farming skills.
Take the time on your trip to visit ACODO! It is a short drive from Siem Reap by tuk tuk, and you can ask the driver to come back for you. The road is busy enough that you could probably flag down a tuk tuk if you needed to. Website is www.acodo.org
#2KarenSteveCalgary has been a member since 5/12/2010. Posts: 2