Posts categorized under Cambodia

13 June 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Ashoka Guest Post & a TEDx Talk, oh my!

This was as lucky week! This past weekend, I was grateful for the opportunity to speak at TEDxOxbridge – the second annual TEDx event being split between the two universities. My talk on voluntourism focused on the need to promote and support our youth in selecting educational travel opportunities over volunteering as my experience has […]

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01 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

(Pari Project Guest Post) From grassroots NGO to lawmaker

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project about the impact one NGO has had, and lessons that can be drawn . — In 2008, acid attacks in Cambodia arrived at a tipping point, with daily news coverage, new cases, and gory photos dominating the public discourse. What caused the increase? […]

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31 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

A taxi ride in rural Cambodia

(I wrote this piece about two weeks ago while in Cambodia but hadn’t gotten around to posting yet….) Today I was in a taxi with seven Cambodian men. Usually a taxi sells out at eight people: four in the back, two in the front passenger seat, and one more paying customer sharing the seat with […]

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03 January 2012 ~ 6 Comments

Giving things away – when will we learn? (MBAs – take note!)

In business school you are surrounded by people who believe in the power of markets. There are people in my class who are passionate about freeing markets, about scaling enterprises, and about generating profits. Yet some of those SAME people are advocates of giving things away in development work. I have had countless discussions with […]

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22 December 2011 ~ 2 Comments

It’s a great day to be alive

I was just reminded about a friend, with whom I used to work, who wakes up every morning* and turns to whomever first crosses his path and says: “Good morning! It’s a great day to be alive!” *No really, EVERY morning. And, if you wake up near him at a campsite for a few days […]

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03 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Pari Project Guest Post: LESSONS LEARNED FROM TEDxPhnomPenh

This is a guest blog post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project. Before I left Cambodia, Allie took over the TEDxPhnomPenh license and recently organized a team to execute Cambodia’s second TEDx event. Below she describes our motives for starting this event in the first place, how doing something “for the local people” only […]

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12 May 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Don’t forget the boys…

Everyone wants to “support girls”. Being a girl myself, I think that is great and all…. but let’s not forget the boys! In Cambodia, there are many sectors which only provide jobs to women: many garment factories only employ women for their line jobs, there are many silk weaving programs and NGO interventions targeting women’s […]

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