One thing I see a lot amongst the latino tags, like the paises: Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, etc. are the mission trips that “white people” take. I just reblogged a link from someone to another blog of a women who shares the same perspective.
These so called missionaries are kids that are trying to realize how much their life is blessed. “Let me take some pictures with this kid because he’s poor and I’m helping him.” So what kind of a message are you sending to these kids that are being helped? How life screwed you over. How your tennis shoes will never be as nice and clean as that gringo. How your government doesn’t regulate water and utilities.
But these less fortunate children will have gained better lessons and life perspective than the missionaries helping them. They have learned to work for things they want, to take care of themselves. How you are required to help take care of your family. When Americans leave the home, that’s it. Parents help them get through college, but those kids will not help take care of their parents. Brothers and sisters asking for money is such a vulnerable act, and the child with the money has so much pride that they MAKE SURE they are paid back. It should not be like that.
These kids enjoy the little things. They will spend more time worried about making memories than being consumed by iPhones, texting, Lady Gaga, and money. Not saying that none of them know any of those things. We are in 2011, everyone knows all those things. No matter where you’re from.
When I was in college I participated in a “mission trip” to Tarma, Peru.
In hindsight, it was a ridiculous endeavor.