Multilingual Mainers has been one of my favorite programs; I was able to directly interact with kids who were all so eager to learn. Through this program, I learned that language is the key to a new world that many kids have not experienced before. Many Brunswick children did not realize that there are people who speak languages other than English in this world. Relying on our diverse student body at Bowdoin, Multilingual Mainers has developed into a program that allows Maine children to become familiar with many different cultures and customs from all around the world.
– Sean Xie ’21
I love reading to and interacting with the kids because it’s so exciting to see their enthusiasm for learning something new and experiencing a familiar story in a new way!
– Caroline Daigle ’20
The students I’ve worked with are so curious and intrigued by learning new words and new ways to express ideas. Even though we only meet weekly, you can really see their enthusiasm for learning about a new language.
– Kathleen Johnson ’19
It has been such a joy spending every Wednesday lunch reading to kindergarteners. As I am able to read in both French and Chinese, I usually let the kids decide which language they would like to hear (they are most often enthralled with the Chinese option)! Spending time with these kids bring so much happiness to my day; there have been multiple days when I have felt very overwhelmed by work, and after spending some time with them, I pretty much always leave with a wide smile on my face.
– Esra Park ‘21
Friday mornings with the kindergarteners are a highlight of my week! The kids always surprise me with their curiosity about Spanish and their willingness to engage.
– Satya M. Kent ’19
Volunteering with Multilingual Mainers has been an incredibly gratifying experience. The children blow me away with their insightfulness and willingness to learn and always leave me feeling refreshed and inspired. The simple act of broadening a child’s worldview through a new language is an enormous step towards creating a more curious, culturally competent generation, and it feels great to have a part in fostering this growth. I’ve always loved how languages can unlock such a deep understanding of another culture, and I’m so glad we’re encouraging this journey in young children.
– Kate Tapscott ’22