How Former Global Citizens Have Brought it Back

Janice Jaffe, the McKeen Center’s associate director for courses and research, says the Global Citizen Grant “impacts the way students think about their place in the world, about development, about privilege, about the meaning of their education, and about the responsibilities of service whether here or abroad. Each of these students also continues building on the Global Citizens Grant experience both during the rest of their time at Bowdoin and after.”

Here are some of the ways students have done that in the past:

A couple of years ago a group of Global Citizens organized a photo show and talk at Frontier Cafe for the Brunswick community and also sold some items made in the places where they did their service.

Jamilah Gregory ’11 arranged for Estilo, a Brunswick shop, to sell scarves made in Ecuador. The funds went to the organization for children with disabilities she had volunteered with, and she put up information to educate customers about the organization.

Anirudh Sreekrishnan ’12 and Lakhina Ky ’11 both continued to do website work for their organizations after their return. Ky connected with the Cambodian community in Portland and also returned to work with the organization she’d served in Cambodia. Sreekrishnan spoke at Brunswick High School, connected others with the organization in Ghana where he had worked, and connected with the Ghanaian community in Maine.

Kyle Dempsey ’11 returned several times to the hospital where he served in León, Nicaragua, fundraised to provided the hospital with equipment through Portland’s Partners in Global Health, and also enlisted a number of medical students or physicians to volunteer at the hospital.

Kate Leifheit ’12 worked in an organization that serves the elderly poor in Quito, Ecuador, and she did a presentation about her work for residents at the Mid Coast Senior Health Center in Brunswick.

Ruiqi Tang ’13 did a book project to connect the school in China where she had worked with an organization where she volunteered throughout high school.

Sara Holby ’08’s experience in Kenya led to the creation of the Ajiri Tea company.

Nina Scheepers ’14 started a correspondence between Brunswick Junior High School students and the students she worked with in South Africa.