By immersing themselves in volunteer work alongside members of different cultural communities around the world, Bowdoin students broaden their perspectives and deepen their understanding of issues they will address as global citizens following graduation. Whether assisting health care professionals across Ghana as a Global Citizens Grant Fellow, helping to build a park in a shantytown in Lima, Peru with a group on Alternative Spring Break, or tutoring refugee and immigrant youth here in Maine in partnership with Portland Housing Authority, students translate classroom theory on global issues into practice through public engagement in international settings.
Upon return to campus, their international community service experience, in turn, inspires students to further their knowledge through academic study. All of these service experiences complement and inform students’ studies, often influencing the choice of a major, planting the seed for an honors thesis and pursuing post-graduation opportunities abroad to serve the common good.
"Volunteering in two very different communities in Ecuador allowed me to view rural Ecuadorian culture from multiple perspectives. All of the farmers I encountered shared an astounding work ethic and resilience.“ Sheela Turbek ’13, Intag and Pedro Moncayo regions of Ecuador