Certainly, this disparity in attention shows these actions are not entirely for humanitarian purposes. But even for groups with philanthropic intentions, I began to question: was all the help from different aid groups doing more harm than good? From my own experience, while the intentions of the people participating in mission trips stem from a good place, the short-term missions themselves are not sustainable. Individuals from Guatemala, Korea, and the U.S. gather to help some rural village in Guatemala for around two weeks. From dental work to acupuncture, groups offered the villagers services to which they would not have otherwise had access. It was an enjoyable experience until I grew up and began to question what had happened to the villagers we had visited the previous year – and the year before that. Our goal was to help a specific group of people at a certain time; thus, we completely disregarded how the toilets we built and how the desks and books we donated to schools were being maintained and used. Because these missions are built around a very specific mindset, that of helping as many people as we could, considering the long-term effects are not a priority and those involved in these projects rarely questioned the root of these problems.
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