author avatar

Lily Jorrick

Lily Jorrick is passionate about travel, human rights, and environmental protection. She is involved in writing and photography, and tutors students who are learning English as a second language. Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish and to serve as an ambassador for the US while in Ecuador. Her favorite quote:"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't even happened yet."-Anne Frank


Coming Home, Remembering Ecuador

May 23, 2017

From time to time, Ecuador makes itself present in me, even here at home. It’s the way that I sometimes accidentally greet random people on the street, the way I almost forget to leave tips at restaurants, the way I find myself eavesdropping whenever I hear Spanish being spoken, the way I get so excited...

Read More

Friendship at home vs. friendship abroad

March 12, 2017

Moving to Ecuador has pushed me to change my definition of the word “friendship”. I arrived in Ecuador for a bridge year with Global Citizen Year in September, and spent the first few months of my homestay without many close peers in my community, in the sense that there isn’t really anyone here who’s at...

Read More

On Humility: Wondering If I Actually Do Speak English

November 2, 2016

  On the first day of my new apprenticeship, I walked into the classroom with high expectations. I’ve been placed in a co-teaching apprenticeship in the Unidad Educativa San Bartolome, (the town’s high school) which means that I work with one of the English teachers in all of his classes. I am the only native...

Read More

Notes from the Field

October 28, 2016

One month ago, I moved to San Bartolome, Azuay, Ecuador, and I have been living here with the family Delgado Dominguez ever since. San Bartolome is a tiny town known for farming apples and for producing hand crafted guitars. It is high up in the Sierra, meaning that it’s very cold a lot of the...

Read More

10 Things to Know About Quito

October 19, 2016

Quito is Ecuador’s capital city, boasting over 2 million people. It’s one of the most hectic and diverse cities I’ve ever visited, and I spent three weeks living there with a host family during In-Country Orientation. While this list hardly begins to summarize Quito, here are some of the best things I learned while I...

Read More

Two Weeks In

September 22, 2016

As I write this, it’s been exactly two weeks since I arrived in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. With one more week to go here, I feel as if there’s still so much more to learn from this city. So far, Quito has taught me how to fight my way onto over-crowded metrobuses, how to manage...

Read More

PreDeparture Training 2016

September 20, 2016

(All photos courtesy of Jasen Lo) Pre-departure training is an integral part of Global Citizen Year, as it’s the first time that the fellows come together as a global cohort. We spend half of our time in the Redwoods of Northern California, and the other half at Stanford University in Palo Alto. These first eight...

Read More