Well-intentioned global health students are streaming overseas for volunteer community service in poor countries.
But the trips are fraught with ethical dilemmas and burden overseas partners, says Lisa V. Adams, associate dean for global health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.
She shares the advice she gives her own students: ‘The very traits that have served you well to date are those that, in many cases, you will now need to put aside. You have succeeded in your academic careers often because you are assertive, active learners who are not afraid to ask questions or to push yourselves hard …”—but for short-term overseas stints, they need to switch to listener mode first.
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