“Abby is most proud of her leadership roles as captain of the rowing team and swim team, to which she dedicates twenty hours each week. She was elected to be an Officer of the Best Buddies club at her school, working to help organize club events and fundraisers. Throughout her life, Abby has traveled extensively around the world, even living in Santiago, Chile for a year. She enjoys giving her time to those in need, and her chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are to die for.
Aberdeen is passionate about writing, environmentalism, and culture. She believes that every day actions can make some of the biggest differences once accumulated, and that one should never doubt the power of a kind word. Aberdeen takes pride in sticking up for what’s right in order to have, and to help others have, a voice. Her goals for the year are to experience a new culture, learn Portuguese, give back, and better ready herself to contribute to the global community in the future. Her favorite quote is: “Throw away your television, take the noose off your ambition.” -Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Abbie has been volunteering at the Special Olympics program for soccer, basketbal,l and track since it began eight years ago in her community. She has worked as a buddy and a team leader and recently directed the state soccer tournament, which involved over a thousand Special Olympics athletes. Abbie was inspired to take a bridge year after she took a service trip to Guatemala. She enjoys playing field hockey, lacrosse, and ice hockey and is also an avid boater in her hometown north of Boston.
Abby is passionate about environmental sustainability and human rights. She volunteered abroad during the summer of 2013 to promote youth and women’s rights in Ecuador with Amigos de las Am_ricas. Her junior year of high school she studied environmental science at a semester boarding school in Northern Wisconsin called Conserve School. She loves to draw and stay physically active. Her goals for this upcoming year are to gain confidence and an entirely new perspective. She is inspired by Wangari Maathai’s environmental and entrepreneurial work with the Green Belt Movement.
Abigail enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, reading, playing music, and baking. _
Abigail is passionate about music, singing, culture, and linguistics, as well as women’s empowerment and civil rights. She is involved in her school’s buildOn program, Model United Nations committee and her church choir. Two of her goals for the year are to work on becoming a better person and getting a stronger hold on her dreams and aspirations through the experiences she knows are waiting to unravel.
Adam is passionate about art, athletics, and his community. During high school he led the school cooking club, helped teach photography, and, as captain of the squash team, he organized a community service initiative in Harlem housing projects. Adam is also a talented saxophone player.
Aden is from New York and is passionate about environmental protection and international relations. He is involved in basketball and soccer and often volunteers as coach for his community. Aden’s year in Brazil as a Rotary exchange student inspired him to join Global Citizen Year and volunteer internationally. His goals are to make a difference in his new community and to learn a new language.
In high school Adolfo has enjoyed participating in Summer Search and Upward Bound. He loves hiking in national parks and playing the acoustic guitar
Aidan has spent time doing international service in Nepal, where he spent weeks on the worksite of a school building hauling rocks and pouring cement. This experience sparked the interest in service work that led him to Global Citizen Year. He hopes to somehow contribute to his passion of conserving the environment. In his free time he enjoys singing, both with bands and in an a capella group.
Aiman is deeply passionate about education, travel and the arts. An alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy, she sings, acts, dances, plays the violin and harp. She is proficient in English, Malay, Mandarin and currently learning French. “Giving back” has always been an inherent part of Aiman’s upbringing and she has taken every opportunity to do so (from setting up outreach programs in school to volunteering at Soup Kitchens and entertaining at oncology wards). Aiman is excited to compound all her interests as she devotes this year to Global Citizen Year.
Aissatou has a passion for traveling and language. She is head of the Student Cultural Alliance at her school, and also participates in the Gay-Straight Alliance and Relationships and Sex discussion groups, leading to her interest in human rights. Her life goals are to become fluent in six different languages and travel through most of the non-European world.
Aitran is passionate about traveling and spending time outdoors. She is involved in exploring different cultures and understanding how different global issues affect each person in the world. Her goals for the year are immersing herself in an Ecuadorian community and learning about the lives of those in her community.
Alan was captain of his school’s Academic Decathlon Team, Debate Team, Model United Nations Team, and Chess Team. He was chosen as Student of Year for the past two years, and has spent time volunteering for the National Hispanic Institute and at the Special Olympics. He enjoys bowling, playing the tenor saxophone, practicing meditation, and reading literature. He is very passionate about engaging in and learning about new languages and cultures, and giving his time to social service work.
Alana is passionate about education. She is involved in a local, San Francisco summer camp, softball, and music. Her goals for the year include learning more about the education system in India, the gender inequalities there, the teaching methods, the traditions, and more about herself. Her favorite quote is, ÐTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.Ó -Mark Twain
Alba is a hard working, couragous, independent female who loves to give advice and express herself through out her poetry. She is proud to have acted, directed, and designed costumes in many of her schools productions, and is passionate about increasing awareness about teen domestic violence. _
Friends, family, and teachers describe Alberto Koji Servín as a well-respected individual with strong values. He is a dedicated volunteer in the community through his church and other organizations like Sacred Heart. One of his accomplishments was being accepted to the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, a 3-year long college-level program at UC Berkeley. Alberto is also proud of his impact on his high school’s music program. With his school recently reopened, Alberto’s leadership developed the program into the envy of rival schools in the district.
Alcyone is passionate about life and documenting all of the beauty in it. She enjoys writing, photography, graphic design, painting, and connecting with new people. She is interested in social justice, women’s rights, psychology, and the media. She was heavily involved with her high school’s News Magazine as the Creative Director. She has also traveled to Duke University in the summer to study psychology. Her goals for her year are to try to connect all of her passions into a product that can raise awareness, be able to speak in a new language, and to be the most concentrated version of herself as possible.
Alea is passionate about the visual arts, film and media, and language. Before her departure to Ecuador, she will be working on projects with a creative-based gardening community, with whom she will be able to explore art as a medium for teaching environmental sustainability. In her down time, Alea can be found working on her photography, playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching animated films, and reading books and comics. Her goals for the year are to learn Spanish, meet interesting friends, and exchange great stories with her community in Ecuador.
When you’re challenged…a different side of you is exposed. I want to be able to show my community that with just a high school diploma, with just one year there’s so much you can do.