An intensive leadership experience equipping 2020 high school graduates with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact.
Amanda is passionate about basketball, languages, and feminism. She is involved in Girls Learn International which advocates for girls' access to education. She also reads avidly about the advances and not-so advances of climate change. Her goals for the year are to gain a new perspective on life and get over her fear of bugs.
I’ll miss 25 cent bus rides and the overplayed latin bachata filling the ears of every passenger as the chofer swerves on dusty dirt roads up Andean slopes. I’ll miss being able to hail down any camioneta and hitch a free ride on the back….
11 April, 2014
When I was about six or seven, I was always reminded of how lucky I was to live in a developed country by a small photo tacked on the fridge. It was of two little boys from the Dominican Republic, with a background of the…
07 March, 2014
I was teaching the months in English to my students, and I thought I would incorporate each of their birthdays to make it slightly more fun. With all of the months translated on the white board, I explained the activity and received smiling faces, a…
03 February, 2014
A glimpse into my life in Guamote, Chimborazo, Ecuador! Espero que le guste (:
30 December, 2013
Almost two months ago, every Fellow had to make a vision statement about the upcoming seven months. One of my goals was to learn not to worry about going to bed with dirty feet. And while I do prefer to sleep with clean feet, I am happy to…
13 November, 2013
Every morning I wake up to the sound of dogs barking. Then I hear the blender. After that, there is a light rap on the accordion-like door of my converted office bedroom. My name echoes louder and louder until I realize that my host dad…
02 October, 2013
When I tell people I’m taking a gap year, or bridge year, instead of going straight to college, there are two types of responses I receive. Some people bombard me with questions; others give me a blank stare, not sure what taking a gap year…
17 July, 2013