The last time I volunteered for an extended period of time was in South Africa in 2004. That was before the advent of Facebook. I kept a journal of my experiences there, but never published it publicly. I sent journal entries to a few family members and friends who were interested in what I was up to, but the rest of the world was ignorant to my whereabouts. This experience in Jordan has been much more public and that has brought with it new challenges. I think that it's important to raise awareness about injustices in this world and to try to inspire people to take actions to make a difference in the world. But with posting on facebook, I have felt uncomfortable about receiving public praise. While I'm grateful for the encouragement of family and friends, it is so much easier to receive it in private than in public. I think that many of us struggle with seeking for the approval of others too much and if I am honest with myself, I must admit that I fall into this category. But I never want my idealistic actions to be motivated by a desire for public recognition. I want to be motivated by my love for humans. But I must admit that the lure of public acknowledgement and approval is very seductive.