As it was posted on a Facebook it is not a secret I suppose. One of the forum staff members is at the moment digging ditches somewhere high in South America to help locals in construction work. I have nothing against helping others, I admire the idea of helping locals in remote third world rural areas to build whatever their community needs - school, library, health center, anything. I understand the idea of sending people there. Teachers, docs, nurses, instructors. I understand the idea of helping them build something, by funding materials, sending them an engineer that will look after the construction. That makes sense to me, I am ready to chip in. But finding a sense in sending an IT pro over 6000 kilometers so that he can dig ditches - that's beyond me. I am almost sure one of the few things locals can offer is unskilled labor force. Why don't hire them? Let them earn some money, buy what they need, feed their families? No, instead someone spends hundreds or thousands bucks to fly a guy to other continent so that the locals can make fun of him, as he is even more unskilled at digging than they are. Wasted money if you ask me. Edit: After some behind the scenes mail exchange I have learned my understanding of the situation was partially wrong. I was initially under impression trip and the work are paid for by the organizers, turns out it is paid for by the volunteers themselves. That slightly changes the perspective. Still, I don't like the economy of the idea.