Category Archives: Volunteering Tales

Welcome to Volunteering Abroad. In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring friends I’ve met on the road — friends who at some stage in their life have undertaken a long-term volunteer placement abroad. When we lived in Sucre, Bolivia, we met Adrien who at the time was volunteering with CUSO International, a Canadian development organization Read More →

Those of you who know my blog probably know that volunteering is a big part of my life. On my travels I always try to include a volunteer placement as I believe it is important to give something back to the communities I am lucky enough to visit. For that reason I am excited to launch Volunteering Abroad. Read More →

Semana Santa, the holy Easter week, is one of the most important festivities for Catholic Peruvians. They take Easter very seriously and in Arequipa there was an endless supply of processions and other Easter related events in the run-up to the big day. For me though it wasn’t these events which made Easter so special – although they were all Read More →

In 3 days, after a little over two years, our stay in Cambodia comes to an end. It is difficult to know where to begin to sum up what our experience has been like. The fact we came here for six months and then stayed for 26 tells its own brief story. But in this Read More →

A few weeks ago I went on a field trip to interview and take photos of some of the beneficiaries of the NGO I am volunteering for. I love going on these trips, because it offers a fantastic opportunity to get to know rural Cambodia outside of the tourist hubs, and also speak to people Read More →

So Chris has been on yet another little work-based adventure this week, this time to Koh Kong on the west coast of Cambodia to investigate some land rights issues affecting local villagers and island communities. As before there’s no chance of any more detail from the grumpy old Englishman, plus it is a very sensitive Read More →

I recently had quite a few enquiries about what to pack when volunteering abroad. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with detailed long lists (and of course I have those as well as an organised German), but I thought that it might be helpful if I publish a list of my personal top 10 must-have Read More →

Last week was my last week at Youth Star Cambodia. Having spend the last year as part of their team, helping with the fantastic work that they do for young Cambodians, it felt terribly sad to say goodbye. Below are some photos from my leaving meal, or if you’d like more detail about my thoughts Read More →