True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!
Check out the latest blogs from Global Citizen Year Fellows in Brazil, Ecuador, and India!
ALUMNI Post: A Fall Training with New Fellows
I see myself and my friends reflected in each of the 92 faces I greet over breakfast each morning: eager, excited, nervous, motivated; perhaps even a little naïve. They are smart, lucky, and courageous, all the things that I didn’t realize I was until completing my own Global Citizen Year. They are full of questions:...Read More
A Year to…
A gap year between high school and college can be whatever you make of it. It could be a transformative experience where you venture off somewhere you’ve never been before to discover yourself. It could be a year where you work to regain focus and passion for learning. It could be a year where you...Read More
This is a video I made for my Global Citizen Year Capstone. I hope you enjoy seeing the world as I saw it this past year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-MYEiK5wIMRead More
The expressions of utter shock and surprise mirrored my own smiling face as I laughed at the absurdity of it all. An Indonesian girl living in Huntington Beach, California speaking Ecuadorian Spanish. But that’s what happens when you become a Global Citizen Year Fellow. If I could choose one word to describe Global Citizen Year...Read More
Reflections on The Blue Sweater
The Entrepreneur steps onto the scene of the developing world, and snaps her trained fingers… only to find that third-world countries don’t follow the same rhythm she does. As Jacqueline Novogratz begins down the path of international development, she faces many of the trials we do as Global Citizen Year (GCY) Fellows: high school graduates...Read More
Walking in Another’s Shoes
Jacklyn Joy Byrd
Before my gap year in Ecuador, I believed my capacity for moral imagination was above average. I constantly told myself, “I’m so empathetic that I naturally enter the other’s shoes!” As a slightly cocky high-school graduate, maybe this was true. However, I had challenged myself to become a global citizen. During the first week of...Read More
The Cookbook Confessions
Three. I have spent a total of three hours watching Food Network and I’m supposed to lead a cooking class? I’ll have it known that those three hours did, in fact, take place in the gym, without option, while working out. Now with it established that I am no Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay or...Read More
GCY fellowship is a perspective builder, like the best teachers, parents, and mentors. It is a year for each of us to take on that responsibility, individually, to expand our own worldviews and develop a second sight. The second sight of a student who has lived in a house without floors and eaten off of...Read More
Before we all reunited, I had my doubts. After so many months and hardships, I wasn’t sure that all the fellows could be back together with the same family dynamic we’d had before we met. While the first day was awkward, we quickly fell back into our friendships, learning about how we’ve all changed, and...Read More
House of Broken Crickets
Being back in the US, I’m rediscovering little things that I forgot about. One that comes to mind as I listen to a confused chirping from the corner, is the crickets. My family isn’t sure why, but our house attracts crickets. Often they have missing or crushed limbs. Others are babies, so small that you...Read More
This Year…in two minutes.
This video is a culmination of some of the things I learned as a Fellow in Ecuador the past eight months; I have been deeply affected by the family, friends, and home that I found there and I hope that this video can show even just a little of what I experienced there.Read More
Enjoy my first video! It touches on the big picture lessons that I took away from my gap year. Feedback appreciated! South of the EquatorRead More