David Jiang

David is participating in Global Citizen Year through our partnership with the Tufts 1+4 program. Hailing from Concord Massachusetts, David Jiang is passionate about foreign languages, the natural world, and global travel. He was heavily involved in his community through volunteering as the service pianist at the town church, presiding as captain of the business club, and serving/traveling as one of his high school's Global Ambassadors, etc. David's goals in Brazil are to fulfill some part of his three main passions: learning Portuguese, working in preservation efforts with native fauna, and living in a completely new country. After his bridge year, David will attend Tufts University, where he hopes to study either international relations or economics, to further himself into a career of global business. His favorite words of wisdom are from a fellow Concordian of two centuries prior, Henry David Thoreau: "The man {or woman} who goes alone can start today; but he {or she} who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."


A Gap Year in Thirty Photos

A Gap Year in Thirty Photos Um ano sabático em trinta fotos Here, I show how I made the most of a seven month’s time in Florianópolis, Brazil. The pictures speak far better than words. Enjoy. Aqui mesmo, eu mostro o melhores momentos depois sete meses morando em Floripa. As imagens contam muito melhor que…

05 April, 2019

My Personal Impasse

MY PERSONAL IMPASSE Since coming to Brazil and working at R3 Animal , I am constantly confronted with the challenging irony that is my relationship to animals and the environment. As much as I am fascinated by wildlife (it was the first “encyclopedic passion” that I had) and fostered a great love for nature and…

13 March, 2019

A House Divided, Two Nations at Stake

A House Divided, Two Nations at Stake In a flash, two months of my bridge-year odyssey has passed. This period will forever be remembered as a significant milestone, a time when I succeeded in the enormous task of settling myself into this new life abroad. Being an American living in Brazil, an individual invested in…

26 October, 2018

Inside the Enclosure

Inside the Enclosure “David, let’s go to the zoo.” These were six words that once foreshadowed afternoons of pure joy during my childhood: a time when I excitedly zipped around from cage to cage, an adventurer in search of exotic beasts. Animals were my childhood passion, my first love. National Geographic magazines and Planet Earth…

18 October, 2018

Lessons from a History Lost Forever

Lessons from a History Forever Lost Sunday, September 2, 2018. For me, the date will always be remembered as a happy one: the start to an exciting eight month bridge-year odyssey. Yet, in the meantime, to the hundreds of millions of Brazilians around the world, September 2 will forever be a day marked by unfathomable…

07 September, 2018

A Road Less Traveled 

During the period in which many of my peers are buying textbooks, I am zipping up suitcases. During the summer when my friends lounged by the pool, I hastily studied a new language. They admire the all-you-can-eat campus dining halls, while I marvel at the eight-month visa that currently sits in my passport. For the…

28 August, 2018

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