Center for Social Entrepreneurship

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Sebastian Kern ’17

DSC_0190 (2) Sebastian Kern
International Politics and Economics


Sebastian is currently an International Politics and Economics major, which may eventually be complemented with an African Studies minor. He has grown up in both a relatively big city and a tiny village in Germany until he was fortunate enough to study and live in Mbabane (Swaziland), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Middlebury.

Sebastian attended an international school in Swaziland for two years that brought together about 60 different nationalities amongst 110 students in his class. These two years were filled with challenging academic classes in a foreign language (English), with basketball and rugby, with Argentinian Tango, an HIV/AIDS community service as well as a fundraising community service, peer-to-peer tutoring, and last but not least travel and exploration in Southern Africa.

In Cambodia Sebastian engaged with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, doing work in the fields of legislation, a prison reform program, and the Office’s collaboration with other NGOs.

By now, his studies at Middlebury have strengthened him further in his goal to return to the African soil. He would like to be involved with development work on a grassroots level. To that end he plans to study Politics, Economics, Engineering, and extend his studies of Anthropology. In working with the CSE he hopes to become even more critical about the approaches aimed at affecting social change and their respective outcomes.

During the summer of 2015, Sebastian worked in Cape town, South Africa, for SeeSaw, a small social enterprise specialized in the application of Information and Communications Technology in the water, sanitation and health (WASH) sector.

See Sebastian’s Summer 2015 Fellowship Report here.

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