No, it's not easy. Yes, many people want "quick fix" solutions. Every person has to find their "cause" in life. Some can spend all of their time on it, while many others have the intrusion of "real world" jobs, they need to pay the bills. The reality is that I was just trying to understand the situation in CR, with the benefit of hearing from different viewpoints and perspectives. Could I begin to compare any European Union country to Colombia, the country I just lived in the past year? No way, not even close. No matter what, being an American abroad, whether you're a Peace Corps volunteer or a civilian, you're going to have resistance, especially after the war in Iraq started. I've also spent a lot of time in Russia. There's more domestic violence there, there's a lot more alcoholism than the US...and hopefully the culture is changing for the better. Every country has its weaknesses. In another thread, I was criticized for criticing the United States, so you can't win. Yes, I could go to Zaire or the Congo and install mosquito nets to prevent people from getting malaria (something that's no longer an issue in most of the industrialized world) or tuberculosis. Some day I do intend to that, when I'm 50-55 years old and can devote all my time and resources but while I still am young enough and have enough energy tomake a difference (instead of just throwing money around). There's no way I could survive for the long-term in the CR without doing something to earn money, like teaching. What I was looking to do was find something to do in my spare to make my time more worthwhile.