All three of us used our professional skills in the volunteer effort. My wife worked with administrators in bringing accounting software up to date. My son installed and set up a server. I helped where I could with electrical.
For my part, I learned quite a bit about how bad electrical service can be, even in a country rapidly developing its infrastructure. My first impressions about the electrical service were:
- All doors were locked and only one person had the key. This made it very difficult to assess the electrical needs of the building.
- If a wire is cut, it can be twisted back together.
- Its not a brownout if the volts are always low.
- Three power outages in 2 weeks.
- Underground feeds are very vulnerable to being cut.
- Voltage regulation is terrible.
- Fluorescent lamps don’t work well at reduced voltage.
- Maintenance is too expensive in some countries.
I have to say these two weeks were very rewarding personally and I can highly recommend a short-term mission for others.