Orphanages and their Volunteers: A Look at Cambodia’s Orphanage Voluntourism Industry

Amelia Harvey - ASEAN Studies Center

This essay by Amelia Harvey for the ASEAN Studies Center focuses on the rise of orphanages in Cambodia and the manner in which voluntourism has accelerated this growth. "A key factor in the Cambodian orphanage boom has been due to the influx of volunteer tourists, or ‘voluntourists,'" says Harvey. The essay highlight the Cambodian Government's action plan to reduce the number of children in orphanages and commitments made by travel companies to stand against orphanage tourism.