Learn more about children’s issues and our work by checking out the following resources.

General – Child Protection

Child protection in the tourism industry


International Volunteering and child sexual abuse, Better Volunteering Better Care, 2016

Offenders on the move: Global Study in Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, ECPAT International jointly with Defense for Children-ECPAT Netherlands, 2016

Street Children Profile Cambodia, Friends-International, 2015

Street Children Profile Bangkok, Friends-International, 2010

The Nature and Scope of the Foreign Child Beggar Issue (especially as related to Cambodian Child Beggars) in Bangkok, Friends-International, 2006


Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Industry Criteria, Version 3, December 2016

Human Rights in Tourism: An Implementation Guideline for Tour Operators, Roundtable Human Rights in tourism, 2013

Know How Guide: Human Rights & the Hotel Industry, International Tourism Partnership, 2014

CSR Tools: Integrating children’s rights into your business, Corporate Social Responsibility, UNICEF Children’s Rights and Business team

Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 1999

Certification for sustainable tour operator, Travel Life

The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code), available at http://www.thecode.org

ASEAN Homestay Standard, ASEAN, 2016

ASEAN Community Based Tourism Standard, ASEAN, 2016

15 Years of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection: A Compilation of Good Practices, World Tourism Organization, 2014

GSTC Tour Operator Criteria, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, 2016


Undercover Asia: Cambodia’s Child Predators, Channel News Asia, 2015

Don’t Give to Begging Children (In Khmer), Mission of the Week (Facebook page), March 2017



Orphanage ‘recruited kids to get donations’, CNN, March 2017

Le tourisme des orphelinats, RTS, January 29 2017

Le tourisme des orphelinats – Interview, Emmanuelle Werner Gillioz, présidente Friends International Suisse, RTS, January 29 2017

Cambodia’s Scam Orphanages, The New York Times, June 16 2014

Orphanages as tourist attractions, France 24, Jun 3 2014

I want to go back to my family, Friends-International, Avril 9 2014

Cambodia’s Orphans Business, Aljazeera, June 27 2012



Volunteer tourism: What’s wrong with it? The Herald, December 28 2017

Overseas orphanages under scrutiny as Australians told to withdraw support, Sydney Morning Herald, August 16 2017

Push to end orphanage volunteering as World Challenge stops trips for students, ABC News, September 14 2017

Seven Questions You Should Ask before You Volunteer Abroad, The Guardian, Banning-Lover, Rachel January 4, 2016.

The Problem with Little White Girls, Boys and Voluntourism, The Huffington Post, Biddle, Pippa, February 23 2014

Voluntourism Is a “Waste of Time and Money” – and Gappers Are Better off Working in Britain, The Independent – News & Advice, Brown, Jonathan, October 24 2014

Volunteer Holidays: How to Find an Ethical Project, The Guardian, Coldwell, Will, January 27 2016

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma, The New York Times Magazine, Kushner, Jacob., March 25 2016

Viewpoint: Is Gap Year Volunteering a Bad Thing?, BBC Magazine, Papi, Daniela, May 1 2013

Volunteer Travel: Experts Raise Concerns over Unregulated Industry, The Guardian, Purvis, Katherine and Lindsey Kennedy, January 26 2016.

Tourisme humanitaire: la vrai fausse pitiéLibération, Rousseau, Noémie , August 15 2016.

Le Business de La PitiéLe Temps, Werner Gillioz, Emmanuelle July 1 2014.

Boom in ‘voluntourism’ sparks concerns over whether the industry is doing good, Reuters, June 29 2015

Before you pay to volunteer abroad, think of the harm you might do, The Guardian, November 14 2010

As ‘Voluntourism’ Explodes In Popularity, Who’s It Helping Most?, NPR, July 31 2014

Gap yah volunteers not all bad, says new report, The Guardian, March 19 2015

Travelers inspired to do good while seeing the world, NBC News, May 9 2014


International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators, International Eco Tourism Society, 2012

Orphanage Volunteering – Why to say no, Better Volunteering, Better Care, 1 May 2016

Volunteer Tourism Guidelines, ABTA, November 2016 (Paywall)

Tips for Having Meaningful Volunteer Experiences, Good Travels Advisor, 2016

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