Saturday, June 19, 2010

From Good Intentions Are Not Enough

A different perspective of volunteering overseas.

Now imagine that you are told that a Kenyan or Chinese college student is coming to your town to help solve your problems. They'd like you to help find housing for the student (preferably in someone's house so they can experience the local culture), you'll need to get them a translator, they'll need to be brought in to meet with local government officials, you'll need to call together meetings of your neighbors and other stakeholders, and it'll all need to be done very fast because they only have a couple of months off for their summer vacation (or a semester off depending on the school and program).

Read the entire article here.

Something to think about.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is excellent advice and a perspective shift. I knew someone who said she was going to be a missionary, I asked "where are you going?"
Her response, I am not going anywhere, I am doing it right here.