Impacting the World and Our Local Community
“We are not citizens of just our hometowns or nations, “but of the world.”
‘Becoming a Global Citizen’ is a trendy phrase. It can have true meaning or it can simply be a catchy line that does nothing to benefit our local community or the world. At Limitless Child, becoming a Global Citizen is the start of a life-long process, the start of understanding the inter-connectivity between cultures and peoples, and the start of a positive impact on their local community.
Through our Peer Sports Program, our kids travel to India, and spend 11 days with children from the slums or orphanages. They don’t distribute food, paint walls, or build a school. They play and teach soccer. They learn about girl’s lives in India is like and they develop true friendships.
Participating in our Peer Sports or our Play & Learning programs in India gives youth from Maine opportunities to engage with another culture and immerse themselves in the lives of extremely vulnerable children. Becoming a Global Citizen doesn’t mean sightseeing, it means making connections, understanding customs, histories, languages and most importantly making ongoing connections with the youth in India.
Portland, in fact all of Maine, is becoming a more diverse community. Immigrants from Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Honduras, and countless other countries continue to join our community contributing their language, traditions, and histories. By participating in our Global Citizen program, Maine’s youth begin to see immigrants not as out of place and unconnected but as people with hopes and dreams, with fears and challenges… and as people who can contribute to all of us. No book, YouTube video or movie can truly help our youth embrace peoples from other cultures and bring understanding to their fellow students, friends and family members. Accepting our newest neighbors is not just tolerating, rather it is connecting on a level that only a Global Citizen can.
Inspirational Youth and Adults
Too often we think of being a Global Citizen as just helping those in need. The reality is that young people inspire each other. Witnessing how each of us, regardless of our circumstances, overcome obstacles and end up thriving inspires in a way that only personal contact can. Through our Global Citizen program, youth become inspired and share that inspiration and become inspirations for our community.
Diversity and Acceptance
Spending 10-days with vulnerable children gives our youth the opportunity to understand what diversity and acceptance mean by embracing not only a culture but a people. Building relationships across cultures is vital to creating a more peaceful and just world. A Global Citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable.
Global citizens try to understand other people and have empathy for them. Global citizens act fairly in their choices, their decisions, and their words. Global citizens believe that every person has equal importance and value. Global citizens are willing to help, learn from, and cooperate with others.
Ready to act?
We believe that people learn best by doing—and then reflecting on their actions. We encourage reflection throughout each of our exchange program activities to help participants absorb what they are learning and understand how they can use that knowledge once they return home. The experiences you have can help you find what you stand for, and the mark you want to leave on our planet.