Posts categorized under Corruption

01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

NGegO & the waste we cause by fueling aid hero-preneurs

A piece I wrote a bit ago and had been holding back on posting just went up on HuffPost…. as if I hadn’t caused enough of a stir already today!  Yikes, here we go…. I’m off to bed!  Any posts I put up next month will be about positive things (I really will try!).

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20 November 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

I just posted a new piece on Huffington Post Impact about the orphanage tourism issue in Cambodia. Check it out below: Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same) The piece relates to a new website released by Siem Reap residents who are upset at the […]

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11 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

When NGOs are incentivized to keep themselves in business

Last week I wrote a blog post complaining about volunteer sending organizations trying to “sell” their 17 year old volunteers to NGO organizations.  I then got a very well written response from 16 year old Naya Herman who is considering volunteering abroad and so I decided to answer her two questions in two new blog […]

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19 August 2010 ~ 564 Comments

A Prostitute Stole My Cell Phone (or Where Ants Eat Your Motherboard)

For the most part, my life in Cambodia is not nearly as “exotic” as people living in cities like Chicago and Cleveland might think it is. I ride my bike around our small town, I work in an office with cement walls (though of course the lack of air-conditioning and high temperatures can make it […]

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05 August 2010 ~ 31 Comments

How do YOU define “Responsible Travel”?

I recently wrote a piece about PEPY Tours on World Nomad’s website.  I am reposting it below as it relates to a lot of the themes of this blog: Responsible Giving, voluntourism, Cambodia, etc Fast Five Profile: PEPY Tours One of the PEPY riders on her bike for Cambodian based PEPY Tours 1. Who are […]

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22 December 2009 ~ 37 Comments

More orphanage tourism (No!)

I recently tried to post a comment in response to this listing on Trip Advisor which encourages visits to orphanages while traveling in Siem Reap. As my comment was not  a review of the area, it was not approved, so I am posting it here. — I am writing in response to a post stating […]

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18 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments


My friend and colleague, Soe, passed this poem by Martin Niemoller around our office today, drawing the connection to the Khmer Rouge period.  It is a powerful message which I wanted to share with those of you who don’t know the poem, and all of us who should read it again, and again, and again… First […]

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