I completely agree that seeing and experiencing things for yourself is key for true understanding about what is going on in our world. This goes for seeing both the challenges, as well as the joys, of life in third world countries. When we’ve spoken to students in the United States and Estonia, we’ve shown a video we took on the back of a motorbike in rural Cambodia. In the video, there are lots of kids laughing and waving. Many times, the kids will respond with, “They are poor, but they look happy. I guess you don’t need to be rich to be happy.”

I also believe that it’s necessary to see the development and environmental changes happening around the world. After visiting China for three months, I have a whole different appreciation for the change and development happening there. It’s impossible to really fathom by reading articles.

Great post.