A Normal Monday Morning at School

It’s 8:30 am, Monday morning. I walk towards my class, eight kids sitting on benches, their pens and notebooks in front of them on a wooden table – well, it should be eight, but Shawn is missing: He takes every opportunity to climb up into the Mango trees and plug the green, small fruits (although […]

Water from the Well

Water in Ghana is scare. Despite plenty of natural water resources,  large parts of Ghana’s population still don’t have access to clean water and everywhere in the country you’ll see men, women and kids carrying water home, balancing the huge plastic bowls on their heads. The factors leading to this situation are diverse: Often the pipes meant […]

Some guidelines to ethical volunteering

Volunteering remains a controversial issue and there are no final answers or solutions to the numerous well justified concerns. This is, however, no reason to dismiss the whole thing altogether. If we approach volunteering with the necessary humbleness, self-reflexivity and openness, it can be a great way to learn, to exchange ideas and skills, and […]

What’s the problem with volunteering?

I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercising the power which being an American gives you. I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. I am here to challenge you to recognize your inability, your powerlessness and […]