Rethinking Good Intentions

Once upon a time there was a crisis of good intentions haunting many parts of the world. Everyday unskilled, short-term volunteers traveled to distant lands to help people and do stuff. One day we realized these volunteers weren’t effective and often exacerbated abandonment, corruption, and local resource obstacles. Because of that, we realized most volunteers had to develop new skills. Because of that, we needed to create communities to help volunteers take learning into their own hands through personal projects and experiences. Until finally, we realized volunteering if done properly could lead to realistic community development goals and that education could be something you create, not just consume.