Recently a gathering at the Frontier restaurant in downtown Brunswick honored the students who were awarded Global Citizens grants from the McKeen Center.
Global Citizens grants fund students’ self-designed public service projects in a foreign country. The six 2013 recipients spent the summer volunteering as tutors, medical assistants or, in one case, as a farmer, in Peru, Thailand, China, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
While sitting around a long table at the restaurant, several of the students described witnessing distressing disparities in health care, education and civil rights. Others spoke about the unfamiliar sensation of being a minority, signaled out for their difference. Yet most also recounted big gestures of hospitality and warmth from the communities they lived in this summer.