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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

18 August, 2016

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