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Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work? 229

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the lend-a-hand dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I plan to be in-between jobs for 1-2 months later this year and use part of this time to do some volunteer work in Africa. My naive question: what to do and where to go? Is it possible to make good use of the skill-set of a typical geek? Any interesting projects worth supporting on-site?"
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  • Re:Why Africa? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 25, 2011 @01:09PM (#36872660)
    Off-topic, but where I live, senior teachers approach the six-figure mark, in an area where the median income is half that. I wouldn't call them under-paid, but of my friends who are teachers, they still have that oh-so-wonderful "teacher personality". My wife (a former teacher herself) and I think it's caused by being absolute ruler of your small domain, and being the most intelligent person in your group for 6 hours a day. You start to think of yourself as more intelligent that everyone, not just the group of 9-year olds you normally hang out with. It just becomes how you interact with people.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.

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