written by Ellen Freudenheim, MPH
OK, so it sounds absolutely fabulous. Instead of traveling 5,000 miles to an exotic destination to stay in an American chain hotel, you join a volunteer army of international voluntary service workers. You sign up to work on a project of indisputable value, like building a school. And in just a week you garner rare insights into the previously unimaginable lives of Kenyan goat herders or Costa Rican grandmas.