In a sense, I feel like I want to join them--at least for a little while. The thought of perhaps staying in one of these backwards places for a couple years--maybe for college--interests me a bit. Who knows what I could do? I could offer them encouragement, tell them stories about the developed western world, face trials and cry with them, live in the gutter with them, have a spiritual awakening and maybe even meet someone special and take her back to the west with me. Are there any good opportunities or suggestions/ideas you fellows can give me?
Do it after you're done with college, if you must. Otherwise you might blow up your own God given chances at a decent existence, as well as "hers".
Plus, with the materialistic rage everywhere (including/especially in backwards Orthodox countries), being a young American volunteer full of noble intentions might not make you exactly eligible. As for 'stories about the developed western world', the attic is full of them, as a saying goes.
Never take such major decisions on impulse - 'without counsel' (Prov. 15, 22) from people who matter.