Maya Holcomb

Maya is passionate about animals and learning about the world. She has spent several years training guide dogs for people who are blind and enjoys learning about animals and their behavior. After her Global Citizen Year, she will attend the University of Utah where she hopes to major in International Studies. She enjoys working with children and is inspired by the power young people have to change the world. Two goals Maya has for her Global Citizen Year are to become more comfortable outside of her comfort zone and to learn how to approach every situation with an open mind. Maya is taking a bridge year to act upon what Mark Twain once said; “don’t let schooling interfere with your education.”


Why I Hate Fundraising Goals

A field of corn with the capital city of the province, Ibarra, in the background. A friendly reminder that money doesn’t grow on corn stalks. A requirement for completion of the Global Citizen Year program is to raise $2,500 for the scholarship fund. This is a super important part of the program because without this…

03 December, 2019

Missing the Big Things

Most of the things that I miss from home are little things that I will come back to in the next year. I miss my job as a camp counselor, I miss working at a ski resort, I miss various foods. I miss the community that I have in Utah, one major component is my…

17 November, 2019

How Food Can Strengthen Relationships

The expansive table of goodies we enjoyed for Dylan’s cumpleaños Part of the Global Citizen Year curriculum is to deliver a speak-up, a short speech, to your cohort. This is an opportunity to gain public speaking skills in a safe environment, and an opportunity for Fellows to share their experiences with their peers and supervisors….

25 October, 2019

A Month in the New Norm

Adapted from a journal entry on 9/30/19: I have now been in Ecuador for a full month. It has been a month of learning (a lot), miscommunication (less than I expected), and a whole bunch of personal growth. I ended last month with a stressful day of travel and I started this month in brand…

01 October, 2019

The Difference of a Week

Last week at this time tears rolled down my smiling face as the chaotic sound of 200 people dancing and singing rung throughout the dining hall of a summer camp. It isn’t just a summer camp. It’s home. During the summer as a camp counselor I met countless mentors and peers who I can now…

17 August, 2019

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Maya Holcomb