Jordyn Voss

Jordyn is passionate about music, literature, and activism. She is very involved in her local orchestras (youth and professional), and spends a lot of time reading. She is the co-founder of her high school's first gay-straight alliance and is very active in her community with sex education. Her goals for the year are to experience a whole new language and culture, make lots of new friends, and to make a positive difference in a community. Jordyn's favorite quote is "Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine." -Ludwig van Beethoven. Jordyn is a Tufts 1+4 Fellow. Visit: to learn more about the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program.


How to Pack Your Suitcase

1. Dig Out Your Suitcase No one likes living out of a suitcase. When you fumble through asking your host parents where you may have put that huge bag (honestly, where could it have gone in a house this size?), set it on the floor of your bedroom and open that sucker up. 2. Regret…

26 April, 2017

Helping Hands and Helping “Harriet Tubmans”

On Monday I received a text from my Team Leader here in Brazil: “When in doubt, be generous. Practice observing and acting on every generous impulse you have. What happens? How do you feel?” It was like a big yellow balloon popped in my head (why was it yellow? Heck if I know). Why don’t…

27 February, 2017

The Graveyard Outside My Window

One of the things that has scared my family most in my coming to Brazil was the mosquitos. I was told that it was an easily manageable problem, and not to worry about it. Those were lies. Now this is a bit of an exaggeration. The mosquitos in Santa Catarina carry none of the terrifying…

06 October, 2016

Why I Don’t Miss My Friends and Family

Montana is not known for its cultural diversity. That being said, when one of my friends asked if I wanted to get Japanese food while we were both in Paris this July I was a little terrified. Her experiences with culture in London where she lived and the time she spent in Japan made it…

31 August, 2016


Every few months I figure out the meaning of life. I have never been able to put my finger on my own obsession with the very broad idea of existence. Regardless, it continues to fascinate me every day. Why am I here? What is perception? Does it matter? These questions are both a burden and a comfort…

18 August, 2016

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