How to give back and support social businesses in Hoi An when you do not have time to volunteer.
Last week I had the pleasure of guest blogging on Girl About the Globe and I wrote about my favourite places in Vietnam and how to be a responsible tourist when you visit them!
I highly encourage people to donate or support local organizations that offer skills training, education and long-term sustainable employment to disadvantaged people like the men and women selling trinkets on the beach in Hoi An. However, as we all know nothing is ever so simple and straight forward. Here is my conversation and what I learned recently from a women named Mi Sa, who sells souvenirs on the beach in Hoi An.
While my sister and I were travelling in northern Thailand we decided to spend the day with some elephants. There were so many tour options it was a bit overwhelming but we wanted to be sure we were supporting a sanctuary that treated their elephants with respect and had their best interests in mind. Luckily we found a great one and we had an amazing time at the Happy Elephant Home!
On one of our days in Siem Reap we took a day off from temples. We had heard about the floating markets just outside the city from our tuk tuk driver, so we decided to go check it out. After a nice leisurely drive through the countryside we arrived at a dock with hundred of boats waiting to take tourists out to the floating villages of Tonle Sap.
If you are looking for a way to engage with the local community and give back while you are in Siem Reap, I highly recommend stopping in at the Landmine Museum on your way back from the Women’s Temple. The landmine museum is much more than just a museum: it is also an Non Profit Organization (NPO) that supports and educates at-risk youth and children affected by landmines.