ROV Community School commences!

For years we have been working at schools building classrooms, clean water supplies, toilets and sport facilities literally from Mozambique to Laos. Education is critical in bringing about long term change in village communities. Well, this month has been a big one for our Charity. We started the ROV Community School in a village outside Siem…



What have we been up to?

It is easy to get lost in the hurly burly of day to day activities. So busy with this, frustrated with that you can lose sight of the bigger goal. But, it is the bigger goal that drives us. Let’s take a moment to  look at the bigger picture. What have we completed in the…



Kick off your shoes and enjoy the island for a moment.

  This was my first trip to a third world country and my first experience volunteering abroad. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wanted to help out others and have a great time doing it. I got so much  more out of it than I ever could have imagined, I ended up being rewarded for…



Meet Theour

We would like to introduce you to Theour. She was born in 1944 during the Japanese occupation of Cambodia. She was 31 when the Khmer Rouge swept to power. She survived the Killing Fields when millions of her fellow Cambodians were slaughtered. She is a widow now but she has a daughter, a son in law and…



It’s “fly in” day for volunteers.

In Cusco and Siem Reap, in Durban and Phnom Penh volunteers will be arriving from around the world. They will be tired, excited, a little bit nervous, but ready to get to work. There is much to be done. In Siem Reap we are building classrooms and desks for the village school. In Peru the villagers in…



Saturday night in Siem Reap

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Siem Reap on a Saturday evening then you must go to the Phare Circus after dinner. The circus was formed about 20 years ago shortly after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime. So many young people were without parents, a home, food or shelter in…



Did you love school?

How much did you love school? Would you sleep in the chook shed so you could go to school?  In Cambodia there is no free schooling, no book vouchers or canteen lunches. To get out of poverty you  lift yourself out. Education is the best way to achieve that.   This is a photo of the…



From pig pen to own home in 7 days!!

A family loses everything! A  Cambodian family of four were literally living in a pig pen, and yes, the pigs were in there with them in a separate area. The family home and all possessions were swept away in a ferocious storm in July 2015. Reach Out Volunteers were working at the local school and the…



Volunteering / Voluntourism. Good or Bad?

Volunteering. Good or Bad Recently there has been some discussion in the media about volunteering. Volunteer organisations like ours claim to help schools, crèches and charities struggling in third world communities. The claims, if true, are admirable. But “voluntourism”, as it is disparagingly called, receives a lot of criticism. Lets take a look at the list…



Things we’re proud of doing.

Peru Chimney Project.   Change takes time and it requires alot of effort to make it happen. Sometimes it is driven from the top down by government and sometimes it’s bottom up change as ordinary people find ways to use their skills and abilities to find solutions to problems within their lives and communities. And…