1. Thank you for this post! It is very important to reflect in order to truly learn and grow as individuals and volunteers. This lesson absolutely applies to everyday life as well. Love the story about the petty theft.

    “We helped students ‘unpack’ their expectation that the community would appreciate their contributions.”

    This made me think, in general, how many of us looking to work in international development or even in the public service sector have the wrong expectation that our service will be well received and appreciated? Especially when perhaps we are giving the “wrong” kind of aid.

    So in light of this post, I would like to ask the readers and even you Elizabeth, why do we often have such expectations and seek validation when volunteering or providing a service?

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