What am I thinking:
America was built on the blood, pain and suffer of color of color.
That’s all America till today. We see this practice in capitalism and much more.
http://gurlgoestoafrica.tumblr.com/?og=1 One of the BEST tumblrs blogs I have ever explored! As I start my major of Public Health focusing on global health, I am learning a lot about volunteerism. Especially this last year due to my alternative break trip to Jamaica. I am finally pursing a field I love and am passionate about. I have alway wanted to change the world but in the right way. What I quickly learned about my trip to Jamaica was that one group of college students would go to this country to “help the less fortune children” to paint a wall or build a fence for a week and then the next week another group of college students would come and finish the fence or paint the other wall. Then at night we would talk about how painting a wall changed our views in life and how we see ourself. The one thing that didn’t sit well with me was how often we said “I” in those meeting. Anyways I will rant more about this later. What I am getting at is that before going to other countries to “volunteer” we should think to ourself am I really doing this for myself and if not for what is my volunteering really affecting in the country. The more I think of it the more I realized that all the money we spent to go to Jamaica could have been used to invest in business like construction and hire the men on the side of the road watching us as we work. They could have done the work and get paid to put the food on the table. Maybe crime would go down, maybe having the locals help build the school would in courage the children that they don’t need outsider to build their country they can do it on their own. It broke my heart to hear one of the teachers tell me that an American, British, or any type of European had a more likely chance to get a job than a Jamaican. What does that tell you. Now I can go on and on about this but I need to stop. I am not bashing the alternative break program at all. I think it is a great program that maybe could use some rethinking.