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A Different Perspective: Volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia

13 February 2017

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A Different Perspective: Volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia

At first glance, Jakarta was just another bustling city, no different from any other that I have been to. And if you were just a passing visitor, that is probably what you would get. But, in my weeks here volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation (IHF), I have experienced a side of Jakarta that I would not have thought existed...

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Plastic Free Philippines: A 2000km Bicycle Tour With a Cause!

28 August 2016

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Plastic Free Philippines: A 2000km Bicycle Tour With a Cause!

Anna Dawson is no stranger to the Philippines coastline having lived and worked in the country since 2008, however her next challenge will be one of her biggest yet. From September until December she will be cycling 2000km along the coasts of the Visayas and Luzon advocating for a reduction in ocean plastic, cleaning up beaches and talking to school groups...

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Beyond the Temples of Angkor… Volunteering to Provide Free Education for Poor Children of Cambodia

2 May 2016

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Beyond the Temples of Angkor… Volunteering to Provide Free Education for Poor Children of Cambodia

Many travellers visit Cambodia to cast eyes upon the famous Angkor Wat Temples, yet, is there a richer experience to be had in this beautiful, yet impoverished country? Read one traveller's experience volunteering with SOID (Supporting Orphans and Indigent People of Cambodia for Development Organisation), a small NGO that provides free education to the poor children of Veal Village, Siem Reap...

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Joma Bakery: A Café with a Conscience

10 December 2015

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Joma Bakery: A Café with a Conscience

Here at South East Asia Backpacker we love to tell you about the places that we think are making a positive impact to the environment and communities of South East Asia. Places where as a backpacker, you’ll be spending your money and contributing to a good cause. Here's one café that has been making a difference in South East Asia for almost 20 years...

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8 Ideas to Make Your Budget Stretch Longer in Southeast Asia

21 October 2015

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8 Ideas to Make Your Budget Stretch Longer in Southeast Asia

For many newbie backpackers, SE Asia is the perfect first-time destination. With steaming jungles and glistening temples, raging rivers and cavernous mountains; this part of the world truly does have something for everybody. With beer from 25 cents, meals for a dollar and accommodation for just a few bucks, if you know what your doing you could travel for years on just a few thousand dollars! Will Hatton from The Broke Backpacker, lays down his rules for travelling around South East Asia on a budget of just $100 a week...

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Sustainable Travel and ‘Voluntourism’ – What’s the Crack? We Get Advice From The Experts at The Bamboo Project…

9 January 2015

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Sustainable Travel and ‘Voluntourism’ – What’s the Crack? We Get Advice From The Experts at The Bamboo Project…

In recent years, some travel companies have attempted to bridge the ‘gap’ between having a good time whilst you travel and putting something back into the communities you visit. 'Voluntourism' has become a buzz word. But are these companies all that they are cracked up to be? We caught up with Mark and Steve, founders of ‘The Bamboo Project,’ a company that puts backpackers in touch with sustainable NGO projects in SE Asia to get some answers...

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5 Off The Beaten Track Experiences To Have In Southeast Asia

28 October 2014

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5 Off The Beaten Track Experiences To Have In Southeast Asia

South East Asia is a region that's constantly changing. What was once an empty beach might be covered in hotels and resorts on your return visit, and that little village you discovered may be swarming with tourists the next time around. But don't fear! Finding a slice of paradise all to yourself in this popular part of Asia is still possible... you just have to look a little bit harder! S.E.A Backpacker Ambassadors, Nick and Dariece, from Goats on the Road share their tips...

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Two Sisters Start Café to Help Students in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Meet Sisters Srey!

12 September 2014

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Two Sisters Start Café to Help Students in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Meet Sisters Srey!

Originally from Australia, the sister-duo (aged 25 and 22), opened their fabulously popular Sister Srey Café on the riverside, near the Old Market of Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2012. The cosy two-floor venue quickly turned into one of the most popular hang-outs in town. Best of all, though is the vision that sparked off their savvy venture – to support young Cambodian students. Is it possible to eat for a better cause? We were lucky enough to catch up with Lauren, who willingly spilled the beans (pun intended!) on how it began...

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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

21 April 2014

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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

The decision is made. You are going to follow your dreams and travel to an exciting new part of the world. Hurrah! But before you pack your bags and wave goodbye to the familiar, have a read of my tips to make sure you get the very most out of your trip.....

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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

13 January 2014

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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

Relief work and international aid is pouring into the Philippines as the country continues with its recovery from the strongest typhoon ever recorded on the planet. With wind gusts that hit up to 270 km per hour at its peak, parts of the low-lying islands were completely flattened, and thousands of people were rendered homeless. No strangers to natural disasters, the Filipino people continue to build and rebuild their lives with admiration. We discover worthwhile organisations to volunteer with and how you can help!

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