Jeffrey Fishman

Jeffrey is passionate about science, music, and working with children. During high school, he was involved with Catalyst for Success, a nonprofit organization that strives to promote S.T.E.M. education among elementary school students by performing stimulating, hands-on experiments with the children. He also played the flute and piano, played soccer, and was involved with his school's Spanish Club, Key Club, and newspaper. His goals for his gap year are to improve his Spanish, to learn about Ecuadorian culture and traditions, and to get involved in his new community as much as possible. His favorite quote is by the American poet, Bill Copeland, "Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."


My Apprenticeship (the Past, the Present, and the Future)

As I sit on my bed writing this blog post, I am currently stuck in my house due to a citywide transportation strike in Ibarra. Not only are the taxi and bus systems not running, but the taxi drivers have also lined up their vehicles…

18 November, 2018

Stories (and Lessons) from My First Few Weeks in Ecuador!

I can’t believe that it has been about a month since I have left the United States to spend a year in Ecuador, living with a host family, learning Spanish, and working with a local organization in my new community. After leaving Pennsylvania, I spent…

27 September, 2018

Why I Decided to Take a Gap Year (and How I Ended up Going to Ecuador!)

For my entire high school career, I tried to be perfect. I strived for perfection in my grades and in my extracurricular activities, and I felt as if any little mistake could ruin my chances of getting into college. I think that I put a…

23 August, 2018

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