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
I’ll be honest, like most of the volunteers to visit the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chaing Mai, we’d come to see elephants. Of course we wanted to help the species, but ultimately we were there to get close to a magnificent animal that otherwise we may never get to see. We weren’t let down, but we came away with so much more than just having seen the elephants – we were also given a t-shirt!
Here’s what to expect from a week at ENP: Read the rest of this entry
We volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park near Chaing Mai… Here’s a video to show why you should too. Sorry to all our friends who don’t appear in the video, it was really hard to get everyone in because we’re just THAT POPULAR!!!! 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
We weren’t planning on calling into Chandigarh, we’d planned to go straight to Amritsar from Delhi. But plans change. Our land lady and friend from London was visiting her family there and offered us a room in their temple… for free. Unfortunately she was flying there the day we arrived and we couldn’t get hold of her, so we decided to spend one night in a guesthouse first.
On arrival we decided to risk it and go to a new hotel that we found on tripadvisor. It was a bit far out but had clean rooms and free wifi. At least that’s what the review said. When we got there it was a grotty hotel that didn’t have any internet whatsoever. Avoid Hotel Royal Palace. Read the rest of this entry