Satan: Sorry, I’d been thinking of a more general response (as in CDext & Tomndebb). While there is no link for the article, briefly:
young guy, background in TV production, was assigned to Samoa for “capacity building” with their college’s production dept. but felt that there was little if any equipment, little if any gov’t support from the US (no significant funding) and not much interest from host gov’t (“What, you’re not bringing $$ ?”).
His objections in a technical field are, oddly, similar to the objections in more “traditional” USPC projects such as agriculture in the two previous posts.
Seemed to me like one can throw in the towel half-way (culture shock, degree of difficulty, health, et al.) without challenging yourself to do more with less. (Hey, there was camera and film. Coulda made some environmental-themed music video… or led a video “Folkways” effort, or whatever.)
I was wondering about the general value of coming back from abroad having seen these difficulties first hand. Seems like one good way to get the US populace educated about foreign cultures and affairs, and low-tech matters like food & health. Better to 1) get people thinking (say like CKDexthavn & Tomndebb, for example) than yokels with a vote but little experience or perspective (who wouldn’t understand irony, much less learn from it), and 2) have people learn about “no pain, no gain” and “hitting the wall & busting through” in pursuits other than athletics.