||Geeking in the Third World|
|Subject:||I have mixed feelings on this.....|
Response to: I have mixed feelings on this.....
"I guess it seems like Geekcorps is providing a lot of free labor to companies that will (or hope to!) eventually make large profits on the results." That is exactly the point. They are getting IT companys on their feet, so that money will roll in. '...teach a man to fish...' and all that...
"The work seems to be going to companies that really should be trying to hire people from overseas, instead of "leeching" off of volunteers." Read the article. The point is that the companies shouldnt need to go overseas to get programmers, they should get local workers. Then you need teachers/volunteers...
"The countries the work is being done in aren't ones most people I know would put on a list of "places they'd really like to visit, sometime", either." Then dont volunteer, work for Microsoft, get rich and go to Majorca on holiday with your friends, or something like that.