World Travelers Begin Implementing Local Plans

The six Bowdoin students who received Global Citizens Grants to spend their summers doing humanitarian work abroad returned to campus ready to start phase two of the grant. This means, in the words of Janice Jaffe, they must now “bring it back.” Jaffe is the McKeen Center’s associate director for community-based courses and research and coordinates the grant program.

Global Citizens grants support students who want to volunteer or undertake public service projects in developing communities outside the United States. The recipients are selected in part for their initiative, because they design their own project abroad.

After they return to Bowdoin, Global Citizens are asked to take a lesson, insight, idea, artwork or skill they developed while away and apply it locally. Former recipients have given talks at local schools, held a communal photography exhibition, or set up a pen-pal program between local students and students they tutored abroad. For more details on what past recipients have done, click here.

The Global Citizens Grant program was initiated at Bowdoin in 2008 by Willy Oppenheim ’09, who helped establish and find funding for the program.

Click on the students’ names below to read stories about the 2012 Global Citizens’ experiences.

Around the table, starting on the left: Macy Galvan ’13, McKeen Center fellow for the Global Citizens Grant program; Ben Richmond ’13, Peru; Tasha Sandoval ’13, South Africa; Micah Ludwig ’13, Cameroon; Lucy Walker ’14, Kenya; Emma James ’13, Bolivia; and Julie Bender ’13, Uganda


  1. For the most part I find this interesting but I would rather see topics, etc about Bowdoin or Alumni
    than to read bout things I have already read in the national press or Time magazine.Given the high cost of
    attending Bowdoin is this just a frivolous expense. After all we have the Bowdoin Orient, the Alumni Magazine,
    and e-mail to communicate with Alumni.

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