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A visit to an Cambodian orphanage.

Here is the latest clip from our Cambodia volunteer trip with non-profit Globe Aware.  In this segment, our group visits a local orphanage, giving the children a chance to practice English with native speakers.

Orphanage tourism  in Cambodia has been under fire lately.  There have been some disreputable agencies who have established faux orphanages to attract Western tourists.  That said, our voluntour partner, Globe Aware, fully vetted this facility to ensure its legitimacy.  They take great care and work closely with their in-country coordinators to ensure that these visits do not adversely affect the children.  Personally, I wasn’t sure how I would feel.  I certainly didn’t want to cause a problem or create confusion among the kids with my presence.

When we arrived, I was pleased to see that the kids seemed happy and well cared for.  I was also incredibly impressed with their intelligence as they guided us around their facility.  They seemed to be receiving a very good education and, beyond English, many of them had also studied other languages like Japanese and Chinese.  There was a definite sense of family and community between the older and younger children.  I also liked the nature of our volunteer project.  As guest “teachers”, our visit was friendly and short.  We mixed our English practice with fun and silliness and everyone seemed to have a very good time.

Overall, I felt that, in this instance, our orphanage visit did have a tangible benefit for the children.  Both in and out of the classroom, the children had a chance to interact with Western visitors and practice their English skills.  These skills will help them as they age out of the system and move into real world jobs — with one of the greatest opportunities being in the growing tourism industry.





Family volunteer travel fun in Cambodia with Globe Aware

On our recent family volunteer trip to Cambodia with Globe Aware, we participated in some great local projects, for sure.  But we also had some fun experiencing the local culture of Siem Reap. We visited the famous Angkor Wat temples,shopped beside locals at the Central Market and experienced “on the go” adventure with tuk tuks.  Please check out our latest video.

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Journeys for Good builds wheelchairs in Cambodia on volunteer trip- Part 2 Video

Here is the latest video from our volunteer trip to Cambodia with Globe Aware. This is Part 2 of the wheelchair building project when we had the opportunity to meet the recipients in person. It was a memorable experience for all of the volunteers and a tangible way for our group to contribute. Thanks for following us and please check back for more video in the coming weeks. You can also view our You Tube channel for many more video clips from our trips to Tanzania and Nicaragua.


Journeys for Good builds wheelchairs in Cambodia with voluntour partner Globe Aware – Part 1 Video

Journeys for Good celebrated the New Year in Siem Reap, Cambodia on a volunteer vacation with non-profit partner, Globe Aware. We traveled with a wonderful group of diverse volunteers — single professionals, couples, and families. We were there to explore the culture and beauty of Cambodia and, with our volunteer projects, to give back a bit while we were there.

Our first project was to assemble 28 wheelchairs. Sadly, because of landmines and leftover ordnance from the war, Cambodia has one of the highest per capita rates for amputees. Many others have been disabled due to diseases like Polio. Resources are not readily available for wheelchairs and special services in this impoverished nation, so this was a chance to contribute a very tangible positive benefit.

This video is part 1 of the process. Hear from the volunteers themselves what is was like to participate in the project.

Check back soon for part 2 of the experience when the group delivers the wheelchairs to local disabled people.


Silly behind-the-scenes clip from voluntourism trip to Cambodia

As promised, we will start to post some video clips from our recent volunteer trip to Cambodia.  Most of these clips will focus on the volunteer projects, like building wheelchairs or teaching English.  This one, however, is just for fun.

As a mom, sometimes we do things at the request of our children that we would otherwise never do.  My 9 year-old son begged me to get the famous “fish massage” in Siem Reap.  These tanks line the main drag there and tourists dip their feet in for a necrotic cleaning of dead skin. (Ewwww, right?).  Anyway, he’d done it twice already with the other boys on our trip and pleaded with me, “Pleeeeeeease, Mom, you’ve GOT to do it!!”  We’ll there you have it….and here it is, somewhat embarassing but also part of the adventure of travel.

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