For the thousands of Australian tourists who visit Cambodia each year, there is one stop on the tourist trail that continues to be popular: visiting an orphanage. Typically, a visit involves meeting and playing with the kids, walking through their living quarters and taking photographs. It can also include a short performance or dance routine by the children. Often there are opportunities to volunteer – for anything between a few hours and a few months. The visit usually culminates with a request for donations.
Cambodia's tourist orphanages
Cambodian orphanages are increasingly used to service a tourist industry that has sprung up around Westerners visiting them.
For Australian couple Linda and Geoff Foard, it was a chance to interact with local children and do their bit to help.
"I hadn't been to Phnom Penh before and I hadn't seen poverty on this scale," says Linda. "We were a bit overwhelmed by it all."