After research over the summer of 2008 by Michael Horton, ConCERT was launched officially in Siem Reap on the 12th November 2008, World Responsible Tourism Day. From the start, he was lucky to be helped by many people, and with continued support from volunteers and friends, our work has grown and developed and now includes the following main areas:
We are a general point of information
The aim is to help people make informed choices about how to offer their support. Our staff are pleased to share their Cambodian experiences with visitors and provide information about the wider issues in Cambodia. They can give tips on how to provide the maximum amount of benefit from getting involved. They can also give advice on some of the things it’s best not to do.
We help to promote a range of local projects and have information about their needs and aims
Would be supporters are interested in a wide range of humanitarian topics. We have information on a range of projects that cover many sectors including: education, agricultural development, vocational training, building, support for vulnerable people, health and hygiene, water supplies, landmine removal, environmental & biodiversity protection & education, recycling.
These projects are well managed and need your support. Every project is different and requires different types of help. Call in and browse through their information and talk to our staff. We can explain what each project does, what sort of assistance it requires, and how to contact them
To find out more about the projects we support, click here, or on the “Local projects” page in the menu bar
We help local businesses to connect with the community
Local businesses use ConCERT in different ways. We talk to their customers who wish to help, we help them develop activities for customers, we answer general queries about projects/volunteering etc. Click here for further information
We run a volunteer placement service to provide volunteers for projects in and around Siem Reap
We work with several overseas partners who run programmes for volunteers wishing to come to Cambodia. We also have some people who apply to ConCERT directly. Click here for details on our volunteer service
We run child protection workshops for volunteers coming to work with children
These also act as a very effective introduction to Cambodia they include cultural considerations, discussions on some of the situations people will encounter in and around Siem Reap, and a brief overview of Cambodia’s recent history. Click here for details
We give talks to visiting groups and individuals on a range of topics about Cambodia
These are tailored to the individual group and can cover a wide range of topics such as history, culture, education, health services, volunteering, etc.
We run Treak Community Centre, our own project
This is a school and community centre about 4 kilometres from Siem Reap town
What we don’t do
We are not an NGO policeman: We don’t control any project except Treak Community Centre
We don’t say that the projects on our website are the only good projects in Siem Reap; they are simply ones that we have checked out
We don’t comment on any other projects either positively or negatively
We don’t pass on information given to us in confidence
We don’t tell Cambodian people what to do
We don’t make any commitment to spread support to projects outside ConCERT’s network