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In the Photo: Alcyone Magana, Ecuador '15, Watson University


As the global bridge year movement gains momentum, we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in in the field.

18 Oct 2017 Abby Falik named “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017″ by Goldman Sachs

  Goldman Sachs is recognizing Global Citizen Year and its CEO and Founder Abby Falik as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2017 Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Goldman Sachs selected Abby as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. Global Citizen Year is a non-profit social enterprise on a mission to reinvent the post-high school “gap year” as a launch pad for global leaders. We envision a world where a global “bridge year” before college becomes common expectation...

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31 Aug 2017 Wisconsin Public Radio: Students Opt For Gap Year Before College

The Joy Cardin Show interviews Global Citizen Year CEO Abby Falik and Senegal Fellow Sarah Candee ('18). Some recent high school grads are skipping college move-in day and hopping planes to faraway lands. Our guest is a Wisconsin woman who’s spending the next year in Africa instead of a dorm. Plus a gap year advocate celebrates the lessons a young person learns when he or she experiences the world firsthand. Listen to the full episode here! [audio mp3="https://477rze2quqlc4eiusm26khln-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Global-Citizen-Year-on-The-Joy-Cardin-Show.mp3"][/audio]...

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04 Aug 2017 First Annual AGA Gap Year Awards are Presented to…

One of the exciting additions to the International Gap Year Conference, in Denver, this year was the inaugural presentation of awards. Delighted by the numerous nominations, the conference committee was pleased to present the following awards for Innovation, Research, Accessibility, and Advancing the Movement. Excellence & Equity in Accessibility This award is presented to an individual or corporate body that has pushed the boundaries in expanding equity and accessibility in the Gap Year movement, creating greater opportunities for students overcoming obstacles. Global Citizen Year Global Citizen Year is actively working to democratize travel and...

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04 Aug 2017 How to maximize a gap year — and where to go if you want to travel

A growing trend among high school graduates is to take a year off between graduating and heading off to college. According to the American Gap Association, a gap year is typically taken to “deepen practical, professional and personal awareness.” Some people use this time to relax, others to figure out what career they would like to pursue in the future and others to travel. Colleges across the country are increasingly becoming aware of and even encouraging students to take a gap year. But the definition of a gap year is broad, and...

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04 Aug 2017 Place, Intention, And The Problem With TV’s ‘Gap Year’

By Cierra Bland The Gap Year crew party, worry about their futures, hook-up, inflate each other’s egos, meet interesting strangers, get themselves into trouble and always find a way out. In the end, it's not that interesting. I should know, because I took a gap year.   The opening scene of Hulu’s Gap Year makes clear what the show is really about. A travel writer encounters two college-aged British guys on a flight to China and tells them, after hearing of their plans to party and meet girls, “you’ll find them...

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04 Aug 2017 To Be Great, America Needs “Citizen Ambassadors”

By Abby Falik It may seem paradoxical, but the most patriotic thing Americans can do right now is travel abroad. Global Citizen Year Alum Isaac King (left) visiting a farm in Brazil in 2015. “With shocking speed, [President Trump] has wreaked havoc: hobbling our core alliances, jettisoning American values and abdicating United States leadership of the world.” So wrote Susan Rice, the second former U.S. National Security Advisor to speak out about the danger and short-sightedness of the White House’s run of foreign policy decisions in the past four and a half months. Rice describes how these so-called “America...

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04 Aug 2017 6 Reasons Why Taking a Gap Year Can Be Life-Changing

With contributions to global culture that include amazing street style, perfect croissants, and IKEA Scandi gems, Europeans have a lot of things pretty figured out. Another uber-smart idea that’s classically European? Traveling during a gap year. The concept is becoming more popular with Americans, who are adapting the tradition of spending a year traveling after high school or college into a mid-career break in their late 20s or 30s. Whenever you take a gap year, it’ll absolutely be life-changing. Below, six women share the biggest lessons they learned during their gap years at home and abroad.   1. It can help you...

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