Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Volunteer work in faraway countries

A friend is (or was?) considering doing some volunteer work in some (I assume) undeveloped country. This got me thinking about how those things (workcamps and suchlike) work, and I can't think of any way in which bringing in untrained volunteers from all over the world could be more cost-efficient than hiring some cheap local labor. Unless, of course, you also collect a bit of money from the volunteers, which seems to be what these organizations basically exist for.

Some of the workcamps seem to exist just for talking about peace and global solidarity with other participants from various countries. Bugger, and I thought that we have Usenet for that.

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