Whilst these trips always have an altruistic aim of helping the visited communities, I firmly believe that the main benefits are bestowed on the visitors. The young people gain all sorts, in terms of new skills and experiences but also through expanding their comfort zones. Often the most valuable, at least in terms of the kind of work that I do, is that they come to know themselves better; they know what they are capable of, prove their skills in a new arena, and understand more about how they interact with a wide variety of the world's people.
This year I am not planning to sponsor anyone except myself. Having heard the stories and suffered experiencing the excitements and learning second hand, I am using my money this year to join others from my church on a trip to Rwanda on Saturday.