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These posts are about the volunteer experiences we cover during the trip.

Sponsored Spots for Cambodians on our Retreats and Tours

Sponsored Spots for Cambodians on our Retreats and Tours

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be offering sponsored spots for Cambodians on our future retreats and tours following the success of our first sponsored placement on our recent May retreat. Our 10-day May Cambodia Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Retreat ended last week and while...
The Giant Puppet Project Parade Snakes Through Siem Reap

The Giant Puppet Project Parade Snakes Through Siem Reap

Giant Puppet Project Parade snakes through Siem Reap on a Saturday night each February. If you’re heading to Cambodia in 2017 try to time your trip to coincide with this wonderful event. It’s a fun-filled night that’s made for families with kids. Getting along to local festivals and events, whether as...
Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

As we waited at Siem Reap airport for our flight to Bangkok a few days ago, I overheard American tourists on their phones telling friends back home about their Asian adventures. A highlight of their trip, they said, had been orphanage visits in Cambodia. I don’t...
Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

In October 2013, we went behind the scenes at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang to cover the opening of the Cambodian Children’s Trust’s new social enterprise hospitality training restaurant. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok...
The Cats of Istanbul

The Cats of Istanbul

Want to live like a local in Istanbul? Take care of your neighbourhood cats. We should have added ‘cat food’ to the Istanbul shopping list. Because if you’re planning on settling into the city for a while, the first thing you need to do is to...
Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

It was difficult on our final morning at Salt Lick to drag ourselves away from the non-stop animal entertainment we’d been enjoying the last couple of days from the window of our room and the verandas of the game lodge. But Oliver, our guide, was...
A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe...
Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara...