Aden Gilmour

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.


The Amazon Allstars

After finishing my high school basketball career I thought I would never play competitively again. I only wanted to play on the best Division 1 basketball teams and I was not at that level. During my senior year I trained as if I had already failed and I was often frustrated during my games. I felt as though…

16 December, 2013

Finally in the Amazon

The sound coming from the few dogs barking is easily drowned out by the screeching chickens from around the small neighborhood of Pepita de Oro (the little golden nugget). Since the first night I have been in this house, things have been the same every night, with the noise starting at2am and ending around an…

11 October, 2013


My name is Aden Gilmour and I will be going to Ecuador this September. I did not get the idea to take a bridge year until I started my college visits. After touring a number of schools, I was sitting with an admissions officer and they asked me if had considered doing a gap year program. I had…

24 July, 2013

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