I have respect for the Eyres; at least when I read an excerpt from one of their
books I appreciated that it was not the normal pop culture stuff.Likewise in this piece. It reminded me of Lorenzo Snow's cure for
depression: find somebody worse of and help them.
I do not see the financial sense in spending thousands to get on a plane to
travel across the globe for an Untrained person to do some task. If a ten year
can do it, so can a member of the community. And I don't understand the
need to get others to participate in the funding of such activities in order for
you to meet the requirement to go. A far less amount donated could allow the
community there to do the work and get paid for the task. You are still
benefiting from the thrill of a plane ride and seeing the world. In a way the
poorest of the poor are an attraction or entertainment of some sort. That is a
bit creepy to me. And when you travel to such places likely you will buy stuff.
Now if you have some special skill like in healthcare it would make sense to
spend time abroad working for a medical organization.