True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!
Check out the latest blogs from Global Citizen Year Fellows in Brazil, Ecuador, and India!
Five Days of Carnaval Craziness
Carnaval is five days of pure craziness and fun, be prepared to get very dirty and wet and when you leave the house, leave the house prepared to fight. Carnaval started the first weekend of February, kids were out of school and there was no work for that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The first day...Read More
La Caminata del Quiche
“La Caminata del Quinche,” is a pilgrimage that started over 400 years ago, that the people of the Catholic churches participate in every year. I´m not Catholic, but I thought it would be a great cultural experience and cool to participate in, so two other Fellows and I met up around 3p.m. Friday afternoon at the...Read More
Although I am now back in the United States, I haven’t forgotten Ecuador. When I dream, I’m still back in Ecuador, among the plantains and cacao, working with the women of Sinchi Warmi. All these memories that come back to me at unexpected moments led me to think back to a little piece of writing...Read More
Try Again: I’m No Role Model
You’re wasting time when you try defining anyone I believe in; well , especially me. Only thing you can define are words and I’m neither a word or a line. I don’t even know sometimes if I am human. Maybe the closest word that can define me is crazy! Seriously, I’m just 19 years old...Read More
Some Things Never Change
To be honest, I am not a poetry girl by nature. But during the last few weeks of re-entry, I have found it to be a fitting outlet. Here’s my latest shot at free verse on change. Enjoy. Is it true that some things never change? Bound by constant, unremitting force Surrendered to the...Read More
Leap Without Inhibitions
Jacklyn Joy Byrd
Please enjoy this short video about my time teaching dance classes with the help of my apprenticeship host, CARE-International. Click the link below or partake in the smaller version. I’ll let the video speak for me! http://youtu.be/9pgGKYQuzpwRead More
Ever wonder…? (video)
Hey everyone! Check out my capstone video. I’ve been using it as a tool to get people excited and interested about gap year programs like Global Citizen Year. It’s just a bunch of clips to show those watching how different and amazing my life was while I lived in Ecuador. If you have any questions...Read More
One of the main events that occurred during re-entry in California was the Donor Dinner Night. During this event we had some of our Global Citizen Year donors join the fellows and the rest of the Global Citizen Year staff as we shared our new stories, pictures, videos, and skits from the all-different countries. That...Read More
During my year, I worked with an organization called La Casa De La Juventud (Youth House). This organization is made up mainly of local youth ranging from all ages, who get together and set up events to do after school or during weekends. La Casa De La Juventud provides a network for the youth in...Read More
I am now back home, and all I can think about are my family, friends, co-workers, Global Citizen Year staff, and fellows. I miss everyone very much and especially Ibarra. When I started my year I was given the opportunity to create an entirely new life. No one knew me and I didn’t know anyone...Read More
Thank You. Gracias.
To show our appreciation (Imbabura fellows) to our host families and apprenticeship directors. We put together a video. We presented the video during the thank you luncheon. The families and directors were happy to see how much we cared about them. I hope you enjoy the video. https://vimeo.com/41474225Read More
Too early for nostalgia
Last night I sat on my roof watching the clouds pass in front of the full moon, listening to the melodic chants come from the school across the street, and thinking about the short two days I have left of this experience that has become my life. I remember what my Team Leader, Oumou, had...Read More