Do any of you know of organizations that send non-career “missionaries” (i.e. relief workers) on short-term assignments to areas of need around the world (on a low-cost basis)?
Back when I was involved in the church (Baptist), the leaders would often help laypeople take short-term mission trips. This often helped the laity become more deeply involved in the mission of the church. Psychologically, this method helped bond members even more strongly with the organization (i.e. the church).
It seems that the secular humanist movement could benefit by aligning their cause with relief efforts that would both help the suffering and help provide humanists with a positive experience.
Personally, I would welcome the opportunity to (cheaply) travel to a developing country to help out in any way I can but I only see religious options available.