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Joseph Brett

Born In Derby, England, Joe Brett has been involved with community development since before he can remember. After moving to Cleveland, Ohio when he was younger, he participated in a program known as the Global Youth Leadership Institute throughout his high school years. Furthermore, he is a member of an Alumni Board of a local nonprofit that teaches teens leadership and life skills for students. He also is passionate about storytelling and journalism. Joe helped start the first ever issue of his school's newspaper. He also helps organize an annual 5k for breast cancer research. His goals for the year are to learn more about the common experiences in different cultures as well as learning Spanish. His favorite quote is "Life without experience and suffering is not life" by Socrates.


When catching chicks use your feet and other things I have learned in Ecuador.

March 28, 2019

1. Language is culture When I first arrived in Ecuador one of my main goals was to get better and hopefully fluent at Spanish. However, after being here for eight months, I can say something that I am not afraid to say. I am not fluent. Language is not only a collection of words used...

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Dear Ecuador

January 31, 2019

Dear Ecuador, You have taught me more than I even thought you would. I can not thank you enough for showing me the people and places that I now love. You have provided the space that I needed this year to develop into the person I am today. With each new day I wake up...

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August 23, 2018

When I started this process I told my parents I would never be able to pack all my belongings into a bag. I told them it was impossible to pack my life into one single duffel bag.  This is all while my siblings were sitting at the dining room table giggling. Having been previous fellows...

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To the Class of 2018: Consider A Gap Year

March 7, 2018

As you are finishing this last semester of high school and are looking forward to college, I want to tell you what I’m doing next year. Instead of shopping for bean bag chairs, I’m buying work boots. And instead of thinking about who I’ll share a dorm room with and what class I’ll take, I’m...

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