"Mostly, I would like for you to tell them all the worst things about
You will see immense suffering that you can do nothing about here, which
would be easily treated in the states.
You will hold babies and adults while they draw their last breaths. You
will have fallen in love with many of them beforehand.
You will spend months in a sweltering hut, unable to escape the heat and
You will be hungry most days, fighting with a bunch of little kids twice
a day for scraps of unappetizing food.
You will work long hours.
You will be asked to do construction, maintenance, plumbing, childcare,
English teaching, computer work, filing, sorting, inventory, pharmacy
work, OR work, etc.... probably all in the same week. It will often be
menial and boring.
You will need to be flexible and roll with the punches.
You will need to be able to laugh at yourself.
You will need to be outgoing.
You will need to be independent.
You will need to understand that there are no hand holders here to get
you through hard times.
You will get sick as a dog...initially fearing for your life...then
fearing you'll survive.
You will vomit.
You will have pain, both physical and emotional.
pretty much, just be honest.