1. You’re going to save the world.
Let’s just get this one out of the way early. We know your philanthropic heart has the best of intentions and there is no doubt you will do some amazing things and deeply affect the lives of the individuals where you serve — but you are no messiah.
When it’s all over, you’ll wonder whether or not your community would be much different if you hadn’t showed up at all. This is a scary thought — realizing we can’t single handedly rid the world of pestilence, poverty, and corruption. Coming to terms with this reality and doing all you can with what you’re given — that’s what you need to do to make this experience a rewarding one.