Riverkids NGO charity deserves a minute of your time. Maybe even 3 and a half minutes.
Which is why I’ve decided to shorten the video I made for them from 5 minutes to 3 and a half for those of you on a time budget. All I ask is that you use the extra minute and a half finding out how to volunteer, how to donate, or simply learning about their plight here: http://www.riverkidsproject.org/ Read the rest of this entry
Hey, what was that? You want to watch a short video briefly outlining what me and Gemma got up to in South East Asia?
Well look no further! Read the rest of this entry
Back home Gemma and I worked for a children’s charity called InterActive. The penguin song was a firm favourite of ours and the children. Also my mum likes it.
In Phnom Pehn we taught the song to 30+ slum children who requested the song after we’d finished our assigned teaching. We were so touched we filmed it…. Read the rest of this entry
A while back you may remember me and Gemma volunteering for Riverkids Project, an NGO based in Phnom Penh dedicated to reducing child trafficking in Cambodia.
Well, whilst I was there I made this charity video for them to persuade people to donate and/or volunteer. This is the long version, a shorter version will follow in the next few days. Read the rest of this entry
…There are the obvious things like don’t turn up naked, don’t bring a crate of beer, don’t encourage fighting, don’t start a brawl. And some of these things we managed. We’d both just done some laundry so clothes weren’t a problem and we were saving the crate for the weekend. The other things were a little trickier. You see we were there to save these boys from a life of gangs, drugs and unemployment. We were there to do some drama. Read the rest of this entry
Over the last few years, since I first volunteered at Riverkids, I have been helping them from the UK. I schedule tweets based on news articles, edit reports and write blogs based on their work. As part of that I’ve learn a lot about voluntourism and why it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be.
One of the main problems with voluntourism is that it’s hard to actually help change a community in just a few short weeks. It can be disruptive to the community and the individuals you work with. Instead of helping, you can contribute to keeping the people dependent on aid. Without proper help, you can cause far more damage than good. Read the rest of this entry
Phnom Penh is dusty, polluted and over-populated. According to the locals it’s politically corrupt and oppressive. We’d been told by other travellers not to stay there for more than a few days but we stayed for over two weeks and found the city both charming and confusing. There’s hope for Phnom Penh and we don’t want to leave it now.
Looking around as I stepped off the bus I could see why other travellers might want to leave. Compared to the rest of Cambodia it lacks natural beauty and asthetically it’s plain. I turned around to make a dissaproving face at Gemma but she was smiling, she’s been before and for some reason, she loves it. Read the rest of this entry