What is a Global Citizen? Am I one?

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week one: Global Citizenship.

“It’s a small world because of the internet.”

“Why should I worry about their issues?”

“Globalization is…”

“I need to learn (insert language) to get a better job.”

 

From the casual traveler to the expat, more people are traveling the world than ever before. There are various reasons: for a job, collaboration, freedom of lifestyle, gaining new experiences, etc. As more people travel, we gain more information about a country, its people, language, and culture. Between journalists and people posting on social media, our world has become globalized. Even though we have access to this kind of information and we collaborate scientifically, politically, and economically, does this make us global citizens?

Not exactly.

A Global Citizen is a person who

a.) purposefully educates one’s self on the current events happening in the world and the impact those events could have on other countries.

b.) actively engages in bettering the social, political, economic, or cultural standing of their home country, the country they live in, or another country of their choosing for the sustainability and growth of this globalized world.

 

These actions can manifest in many ways:

  • reading up on world news
  • volunteering in your country or in another
  • practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle
  • buying products from ethically aware brands and companies

 

I have to admit, that during these last 3 months in South Korea, I probably haven’t been as active of a global citizen as I’d like beyond keeping up with the world news. I definitely felt I did more as a global citizen during my years with Peace Corps Morocco. However, I am still broadening other’s idea of what a ‘typical’ American is or a ‘typical’ African-American should be or how a ‘typical’ female should act. I suppose in my own way I am still an active global citizen.

Are you a global citizen?

 

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One thought on “What is a Global Citizen? Am I one?

  1. Hi,

    Sorry to bother you.  My name is Ray Blakney and I am an RPCV from Mexico (2006-2008). This post got me thinking. I’ve traveled a lot, and hope to someday really consider myself a global citizen. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost.  I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run Live Lingua with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV’s).  I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios, and even some videos. 
     
    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the word out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV’s or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use.  I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site here, so that people know it is there.  There should be something there for almost everybody.  It is all 100% free to use and share.  Here is the specific page to what we call the Live Lingua Project:

    http://www.livelingua.com/project/

    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success.   And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don’t hesitate to pass them my email.  Thanks and have a great day.

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