True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!
Check out the latest blogs from Global Citizen Year Fellows in Brazil, Ecuador, and India!
The day she wore an afro
To many people of African decent wearing our natural hair in Afro style should be something normal and not some thing that seems out of the ordinary. To her it was a normal day to work as she prepared in the morning to set off to the school that she teaches. It was a Monday and therefore she would...Read More
Moths and Other Frustrations
Written December 30, 2015 It's 11:55 PM. We have just finished sitting down to a family meal of undercooked tilapia. I had no interest in eating so late, but it seems as if my host family follows the same meal routine regardless of what time we arrive home. Tomorrow we're bound for our New Year's...Read More
The Right Choice
This is my capstone video about my life in Brazil. Although it does no justice to my experience, I hope it provides a small glimpse into the past year for my supporters.Read More
Readjustment, Perseverance, & Gratefulness
Before I officially started my year in Brazil, I was confident that the year wouldn’t be that difficult. Yes, there would be challenges, but I wouldn’t cry wanting to go home. In March, I cried every morning, FaceTiming my mom when it’s 4 AM in Las Vegas telling her I wanted to go home. During...Read More
This is Just the Beginning
Alumni often say, “It doesn’t even feel like it happened. It feels like a dream.” Now, as an alumni of Global Citizen Year, I can tell you, wholeheartedly, that that’s true. So, I’m home now and I’m trying to adjust. I’m trying to get back into some sort of routine. I’m trying to feel productive...Read More
Stories to Tell
On the third day in my host family, I woke with a pit in my stomach and tears in my eyes. I tried to suppress it for a while, but then ran to my host mom. I was barely able to get out “Can I call my mom?” before bursting into tears. Later that night...Read More
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I’ve been home from Ecuador for about a month and a half now. Being home, I’ve realized how much it’s changed my life. Before living in Ecuador, I had lived in the same place all my life. Now, I have this experience living in another world. I find myself constantly thinking about the differences between...Read More
This is to the people we meet.
Josue Morales Vivas
Life is a mystery. It’s full of hellos and goodbyes. People come and go as I write, but there’s some who never go; they take a spot right beside you and stay to enjoy the jazz of life. These people might or might not be physically with you, but it doesn’t matter because there’s bonds...Read More
Saturday, April 16
Saturday, April 16 I’m about 30 minutes away from Austin and I’m nervous. I haven’t been in Austin-Bergstrom for a while. It even had begun to feel like another airport, Mariscal Sucre in Quito, had become “my airport” – when I went to pick up Emma there with my friends, or saying goodbye to my...Read More
13 May 2016
Tucked between the towering Andes, Quito, Ecuador is what many call a world-class metropolis. From my experience of my first month living there and my last three days preparing to say “hello again” to the U.S., I must agree. Upon my initial arrival to Quito alongside my final arrival to the U.S. where my inaccurate...Read More