Name:
 Matthew Johnson
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,600 – I’ll even try to match your donation to a charity/campaign you find close to home.

How did you get interested in global issues?
It didn’t happen overnight. It took a good chunk of time until I realized there is so much more to this life than what goes on in the confines of our borders. Family, such as my French immigrant grandmother, gave me fresh outlooks on how to see the world. After high school, I went to study in France for a year and a half. The people in my program came from all over the world (e.g. Finland, Hong Kong, Turkmenistan, Russia), and it inevitably directed me to study International Relations for my BA in England. Since graduating, I’ve had the desire to assist others that can’t speak up in the international community as they’re more often than not drowned out by powerfully ignorant global leaders.  

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
It’s interesting how those who face rather grim problems of which we don’t see with our own eyes are pinned as non-existent. What’s also interesting is that when we hear about these problems we shrug it off under the impression that we can’t do anything about it. Just by looking at what Jérôme Jarre (the French Vine guy) accomplished by using his social media influence to get everyday people to donate what they could to bring clean water to Somalia, we can’t deny that it’s impossible to help the world’s poor who live an ocean away. I want to ensure that our country, specifically our government, is doing what it can through its foreign policy agenda to continue giving aid to the people who fall victim to consequences of war, environmental catastrophes, and public health crises.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

  1. I’m a huge film buff and will happily go to the movies by myself.
  2. Planning to get my Master’s degree in International Relations within the next year.
  3. Am also a sad(ish) vegan.

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