What's Wrong With Volunteer Travel?
Learning has to precede authentic effective service. We cannot serve until we first learn. We have to learn about the people and the communities in which they live before we can even think about "making a difference" Once we learn then we can serve.
When we serve we "look beyond or own needs and catapult the needs of others to the forefront. Engaging in acts of service reminds us that our greatest responsibility is to "others."
Not only are we called to do this in our own "back yards" through local acts of SERVICE, but some are even called to serve developing communities globally. In villages and small towns throughout the world, families are coping with the
effects of limited social and economic resources.
Through relationship building, collaborative planning, educational and economic investments and grassroot activities, developing communities in global regions can begin to embrace sustainable growth. To have experience GLOBAL SERVICE students have to venture beyond the four walls of the classroom and outside the perimeter of the college campus.
SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN...
The classroom only provides a portion of the knowledge that is available to every l learner. There is so much more to learn about people and cultures; political and economic structures and educational and heathcare systems around the world.. When we fail to go beyond our places of familiarity, we miss opportunities to go beyond the single story and standard educational paradigms that have limited our growth and our ability to effectively respond to the demands of both local and global communities. Not only are we obligated to serve one another, we are invited to serve beyond our borders.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” ~ Martin Luther King Jr
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever."
“What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Remember- We learn to serve and serve to learn...
In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.” ~Dalai Lama
Learn to think continentally~
I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sail~
People who don't travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what's in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live ~
The Danger of the Single Story
Global poverty is a powder keg that could be ignited by our indifference.” ~
WHY GLOBAL SERVICE IS SO IMPORTANT?