Here’s how it works with these service trips: They lure you in under the guise of work, telling you you’ll be helping to build a school, volunteering at a clinic, or contributing to the community in some meaningful way, and you get on that plane to incredible fanfare (mostly imagined), feeling like a hero for what you’re about to do.
But the moment you get there, you realize that they actually brought you there to give you something, a gift that you cannot possibly reciprocate in the short duration of your visit.