Below is a list of local organizations making a difference in the countries featured in the Local Perspectives on Tourism interviews. Support for these organizations can be made in-country or from abroad.
EcoBurma is a non-profit project run by the Czech non-governmental organization Burma Center Prague that seeks to promote responsible travel to Burma through innovate awareness-raising and capacity-building.
Boddhi Tree operates several guesthouses and hotels in Phnom Penh and supports local development projects through The Emerald Network.
Cambodian Handicraft Association (CHA)
CHA for polio and landmine victims was founded in 2000 to offer disabled artists new skills based in handicrafts, tailoring, weaving and running a small business.
Colors of Cambodia
Colors of Cambodia is an organization created in 2003 to introduce art materials and the joy of art to the underprivileged school children of the Siem Reap Cambodia area.
PEPY (“Protect the Earth, Protect Yourself”) Tours offers responsible adventure travel options which fund educational programs throughout Cambodia.
Rajana aims to give young, underprivileged Cambodian people the opportunity to be trained in the production and marketing of contemporary craft under fair trade practices.
Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School
A free vocational training program to prepare disadvantaged Cambodians to enter the hospitality industry.
Threads of Life
Threads of Life is a fair trade business that uses culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia.
Big Brother Mouse
A local organization publishing books and facilitating programs to promote the joy of reading to Lao children and adults.
Trekking Central Laos
A website promoting community based tourism in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area and aims to develop tourism as a basis for nature conservation and environmental education.
Vang Vieng Organic Farm
Founded by Thanongsi Sorangkoun in 1996 with the goal of introducing organic farming methods in an area where chemicals and deforestation were ruining the land. Visitors may do a “farm stay” or dine at its organic restaurant with proceeds going to support the farm and its educational programs for the villagers.
Created and managed by Friends International with programs that integrate the tourism industry and travelers to be the eyes and ears to protect local children from abuse.
(*w/offices in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Switzerland)
Tribal Museum Chiang Mai
A museum established in 1965 by the Department of Public Welfare of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Thailand to introduce the cultures and practices of the current hill tribes of northern Thailand.