This is going to sound really weird.
For a really long time I have wanted to travel with my children (before I had them, even) in third world nations working on farms. So we have a trip scheduled we are figuring out how to fund and manage and everything. I have seven years to plan. No problem.
I don't think it's weird at all. I've had the same idea for my kids, right down to working on farms. Similar but different motivation.
It's kind of corny but I was reading Laura Ingall's Farmer Boy to my dd when she was maybe 7 years old, and I was so impressed with how responsible and independent Almonzo was by the end of the book. Definitely what I was struggling to teach her. Really, I wanted all of us to spend time on a farm, because dh and I both are so ...unhandy around the house, to say the least. I was getting panicked about learning how to run a home. I wanted some knowledgeable older couple to teach us how to use power tools and fix simple things, or even complicated things, and how to care for animals, and give us advice on what to do when the little one was having a temper tantrum, how to get up early and appreciate it, not hate it, and basically how to work hard physically and live a useful life. I went so far as to research if farms like this exist, where you can pay to live there for a year or something. Kind of like that Billy Crystal movie. City Slickers. I love that movie.
We live a blessed, generous life in a lily-white part of town. Dd has no idea about life elsewhere, for people who are different from her. I've had a fantasy that I'd sign the two of us up to work regularly at the women's and children's homeless shelter. I hope she'd get to see and maybe get to know teen girls her same age who haven't had even a basic home to live in, with regular food and schooling and even basic safety. Learn to sympathize with them and even appreciate what she has.
My sister talked about signing her teen daughter up for what was basically a 'summer abroad' experience in a poor part of town. Go live for 3 months with a family struggling in a non-fabulous part of San Francisco. I didn't know such programs exist, but I think it was available through their expensive, exclusive Catholic high school. Where I imagine there are a lot of kids who don't have a clue about how less fortunate kids live, and the church tries to remedy that. I don't know if she ever did sign her up.
Anyway, I say right on, do it! Follow through on your idea and do it!