The reverse is true: I am a visitor merely passing through this country, an extra in the background caught on camera for one glimpse as Malawi forges ahead with its own story, its own struggles and triumphs. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Notify me of new comments via email. How to go about changing it? These questions have grown roots in my brain, so much so that I decided to look at it from an academic perspective and write my co-op report about the ethics of volunteering in international development. Do not feel guilty for the opportunity, for even if your impact was small, there is a far greater thing that you now have the opportunity to do … remember everything of your time in Malawi and use it to challenge and stand up for inequality in what ever form for the rest of your life! While I struggled to make deep connections with Malawians while I was here, I treasure the connections I have made and I will always be optimistic about the potential of human friendships and cross-cultural understanding to lead to greater change.
Raegan. Age: 31.
To not reflect on that—how we as Westerners are complicit in and benefit from those unfair systems—is, quite frankly, to miss the point.
Nathaly. Age: 21.
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You are commenting using your WordPress. Recognizing and reflecting on how the West is complicit in global poverty, and how I benefit from privilege in many ways? I did come here for selfish reasons of personal growth, and I know that my placement has impacted me more than I have impacted my host organization. You are commenting using your Facebook account.