Current Global Citizens Fellows

Leah Howard '18Leah Howard '18 (Neuroscience) spent her summer in Sangolquí, Ecuador working with Manna Project International (MPI). MPI is a nonprofit that offers English classes, nutrition classes, and other various classes for the community, while also partnering with local public schools and shelters. In addition to teaching classes at the MPI center, Leah spent a majority of her time working with their partner organization, Hogar de la Madre, a shelter for teenage girls who have children as a result of sexual assault.

"During my time in Ecuador, although I learned about the cultural differences and issues specific to Sangolquí, I felt stronger than ever a deep sense of shared humanity. I was able to learn about the unique experiences of the people I met, but was also struck by the similarity of these experiences and challenges to some of the critical issues that face our country and many others countries."

Theodora Hurley '20Theodora Hurley '20 (Environmental Studies) partnered with El Arte Sano, a language and cultural organization in Urubamba, Peru, to teach English for ten weeks. She provided basic, intermediate, and advanced English classes to students aged 14 – 40. Her students came from Spanish- and Quechua-speaking backgrounds and were primarily motivated to learn English in order to obtain jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries.

My time in Urubamba demonstrated to me the power of language education to facilitate cross-cultural exchange. Language possesses an incredible capacity to empower people to tell their own stories, and I feel so grateful to have engaged in, facilitated, and learned through cross-cultural exchange.

Morgan Rielly '18Morgan Rielly '18 (Government & Legal Studies and Religion) spent the summer working for the Collateral Repair Project in the Hashemi Shemali neighborhood of East Amman, Jordan. CRP works with Syrian, Iraqi, and Sudanese refugees by creating a community center for them and providing food vouchers. Morgan worked as an intern at CRP where he took over their social media accounts and led a four-week Awareness Campaign that helped get hundreds of new followers for CRP. He also volunteered at the summer camp club where he taught English, math, and health to Syrian and Iraqi children ages 6 to 12.

"Many of my coworkers are Syrian and Iraqi refugees who went through extraordinary experiences to get to the safety of Amman, Jordan. Their courage, kindness, and perseverance have left a lasting mark on me that I hope to share with both the Bowdoin community and beyond."

Sophie Sadovnikoff '19Sophie Sadovnikoff '19 (Government & Legal Studies and Sociology) spent her summer at Nkosi’s Haven, a residential community in Johannesburg, South Africa, for women with HIV, their children, and children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Nkosi’s Haven provides food and permanent housing, as well as funding for school and other opportunities for their residents. Sophie’s primary responsibility was running the on-site daycare center for the children living at the Haven who are too young to be enrolled in school.

"My time at Nkosi’s Haven changed me in ways that nothing other than first-hand experience could. I came into my summer a limited world view, but I left Johannesburg with new perspectives, valuable personal connections, and many questions to drive me forward into my future work."

Jing Xie '18Jing Xie '18 (Neuroscience) split her time between Beijing Tiantan Hospital and Shanyin Psychiatric Hospital in Beijing and Shanyin, China. Beijing Tiantan Hospital provides healthcare to China's capital through neurological surgeries and psychiatric support. Shanyin Psychiatric Hospital serves a very small, rural community of Shanyin by using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treat psychiatric disorders. Jing worked alongside two doctors at each respective hospitals and helped in a variety of ways, such as obtaining and storing blood samples to psychiatric patient care. Her main project consisted of introducing the rural communities that had limited access to healthcare to new medicine that would treat psychiatric disorders.

"I arrived in Beijing with an optimistic and idealistic view on healthcare and I was met with the grueling, often painful, truth about how difficult it was for many communities to gain access to healthcare. I was able to gain a far more complicated outlook at what is important in healthcare, and the different difficulties and problems that doctors face when it comes to giving proper treatments to these communities. "