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
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
Volunteering at ENP is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Yes it was hard work, yes it was tiring but here’s why it was worth it: 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
You know that scene in Dumbo where the baby elephant is turned into a clown and forced to jump from a burning building at the circus? And remember when Dumbo’s mum was chained up in a small carriage and Dumbo couldn’t see her, only her trunk? God Dumbo used to make me cry, even though I knew that in the end he’d learn to fly and be reunited with his mum. The thing is, we’ve just been volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chaing Mai for a week and I’ve only just realised how horrifically realistic Dumbo is. 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