A volunteer trip abroad has become almost a rite of passage for a certain set of Americans, particularly students. Head over to NYtimes.com for an Op-Doc video profiling a Kenyan activist who has one simple question for them: “Why?” 

“Nearly one million people from America volunteer abroad each year. They are mostly young, mostly affluent and overwhelmingly white. It made me wonder: when we look to do community service, why do so many — particularly the privileged among us — look to places so far from home?”