The volunteer travel spirit runs in the family
Global Dental Relief volunteer travel is a great opportunity for families to give and grow. Last fall, GIVEjoy featured an interview with Jeff Berndt regarding his outstanding contribution to Global Dental Relief (GDR). At that time, he had made ten volunteer trips with GDR to care for others around the world. Jeff has recently returned from Cambodia – yet another volunteer trip with GDR. What makes this even more impressive is that his 18-year old nephew, William, joined him on this eye-opening Cambodian experience. William was kind enough to share his perspectives in a recent interview.
Including traveling with Jeff, what inspired you to go on this trip?
At first, I was not inspired to go on the trip, however, my parents heavily encouraged me to go on this trip. Now that I have gone on this trip I am inspired to go on more because I realize what a difference these trips make in kids’ lives.
What were you hoping to give?
I was hoping to give the kids comfort and something for them to laugh at and make them happy.
Did you have any expectations on if/what you might receive from the experience?
My expectations were that I would be humbled but I hadn’t thought too much about the trip before I went.
How did the trip meet with your expectations?
The trip went beyond any expectations I could have ever thought of. Not only was I extremely humbled but I got to learn so much about the culture. Most of the population was very poor, however, very happy – which I thought was very amazing and inspiring.
What would you tell others who are considering a volunteer service trip?
I would tell them to go on the trip and be ready to be humbled and to go on a trip of your lifetime.
Throughout my life I have never really thought much about my teeth, I have brushed them and flossed and gone to the dentist. However, I was very surprised when I went to Cambodia and saw a kid almost my age has half of his teeth gone. These kids don’t go to the dentist and most of them don’t even have tooth brushes. I have been very humbled and surprised by the conditions and they made me very thankful for my life in America.
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