Did you know that, in the average “developing” country, when an educated girl earns income, she reinvests 90% of it in her family, compared to 35% for a boy? And yet, and yet … less than one half of one percent of international aid money is directed at girls.
Selfish volunteering is huge. It starts young, with three-week service projects in hot, poor countries that can be neatly turned into college admissions essay. (1 part unawareness of own privilege + 1 part manual labor + 1 encounter with poor/sick/disabled native child just my age = admission to Oberlin.)