A true educator recognizes that the destination and the central experience are strong platforms, which can either be woefully under leveraged or embedded in a powerful experience for your child that is leveraged to the max. This is rare.
As a former participant in one of these trips, I can attest that I had an amazing time, and it taught me a lot. But as a skeptical thinker, I couldn't help but wonder how much "help" we were actually doing.
We went to Haiti as a family so that our boys do service with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) programs. The day of the big WWO soccer tournament was filled with excitement and ceremony, but there were quieter moments, too.