Responsible Volunteering in Siem Reap


Before Your Trip

Any volunteer will want to learn about the history, politics, society and religion of this amazing place.  Inform yourself about Cambodia's recent troubled past so you can have a better understanding of the current situation .

Check out some of the amazing documentaries about Cambodia

A Cambodian Nature Film - By Fauna in Focus
Jungle Atlantis Part 1
Jungle Atlantis Part 2
Don't Think I've Forgotten - Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll
 

 

Respect the local culture and traditions

Remember Cambodia is a Buddhist country and Angkor Archeological Park is primarily a Buddhist religious temple. 

The park is managed by the Apsara Authority in 2015 they launched an educational campaign to encourage a code of conduct for visitors to the park.  We encourage you to watch their video before visiting Cambodia.

 

Lighten your environmental impact

Siem Reap is a wonderful town to see by bicycle or by walking.  We encourage you to rent a bicycle and helmet or simply walk around town. 

Bring your own drinking container and take it home with you.  Cambodia has a serious plastic problem.  Please avoid plastic water bottles, plastic bags and all single use plastic while you are here. 

Naga Earth is a member of Refill not Landfill, which helps you to refill your reusable bottles while you are in Siem Reap

We also work with Plastic Free Cambodia to help reduce single use plastic in Siem Reap

 

Have respect for local wildlife

Elephants here are terribly mistreated in order to get them to carry tourists around, and in some cases ridden to death.  We partner with Ride Bikes not Elephants

Monkeys should not be fed.  The monkeys around Angkor Wat Archaeological Park are forgetting how to fend for themselves and relying on tourists for food.

Do not visit any orphanages in Siem Reap

  Children are not tourist attractions      www.thinkchildsafe.org/thinkbeforevisiting/

Children are not tourist attractions    www.thinkchildsafe.org/thinkbeforevisiting/

Giving money

Don't give money or buy milk for beggars.  Giving money to street children encourages them to stay on the street.  Instead, be a part of a better solution by supporting one of the many great organizations working here.