Nicolas Freschi

Nic is described by friends and teachers as an idealistic adventurer with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is involved in ARC, an organization that provides support for adults with developmental disabilities, and VisionSpring, a social enterprise that supplies women in the poorest areas of the world with equipment and training to sell eyeglasses. Nic’s creative mind is almost always at work on some form of art, and science is also one of his passions. He built his own robot this year, knows computer programming, and is currently reading a book about superstring theory.


The Big Red Machine

    In August, before leaving for our respective countries, the Global Citizen Year Fellows watched the movie Avatar together to help us understand our roles as foreigners entering a new culture in a faraway land. The alien race of the Na’vi is at one with nature while the human visitors are materialistic and tied…

17 April, 2012

My Estate

Here it is, everyone. My long awaited video blog. This was taken way back in October, before I was a champion horse back rider. I have not fallen off the horse since. Enjoy!

16 February, 2012


“Yo voy caminando a la montaña donde nací,” sang out my brother, Omar, and I as we lugged enormous pieces of firewood up the mountain to the family car. No weight was too heavy to bring down our spirits today, for indeed we were “going for a walk to the mountain where we were born.”…

04 December, 2011

Both of My Dads

I know few people funnier than Connor Delaney, an amateur comedian and my best friend back in the US. A standard night of Connor and I hanging out consists of us walking to the beach or waiting in line for ice cream and sparking up conversations with other kids. Just when our new friends begin…

30 November, 2011

Mas Duro

If there’s one thing I learned this week, it’s that there is a big difference between saying “I’m going to be living in rural Ecuador on a Global Citizen Year,” and living in rural Ecuador on a Global Citizen Year.  There is one phrase that was beaten into my head these past few days that…

03 October, 2011

The Fellowship

I wanted to take this blog post to share some thoughts that I’ve been having about the meaning of the word “fellowship”. I am a Global Citizen Year “Fellow”, or so they told me when I was accepted to the program. I was to travel to Ecuador, Brazil or Senegal with fifty five other “Fellows”…

08 September, 2011


To be honest, I am pretty uncomfortable writing a blog post. I have long been under the impression that there are very few things I can share on the Internet that are worth sharing. I am not a noteworthy photographer, musician, comedian or journalist. In the face of billions and billions of tweets, blogs, websites,…

05 July, 2011

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