If you're looking for a bridge year program, you already have the first quality we look for in a candidate: an eagerness to spend one of the biggest years of your life doing something incredible.
Global Citizen Year is a bridge year program for students transitioning from high school to college. And the experience is something that no high school or college classroom could ever replicate.
Take The Bridge Less Traveled
When you choose Global Citizen Year as your bridge year program, you're choosing to live, work and play in another country, and do things you never knew you could.
You'll immerse yourself in another culture.
You'll spend eight months living with a local host family. You'll eat the food, learn the customs, play the games and speak the language. All host families are carefully selected and trained by Global Citizen Year staff. This is not a passive experience, whether you're playing in a sports league or learning a local dance – you'll be an active participant in local activities and part of the community. In today's growingly global society, this experience is absolutely invaluable.
You'll do things that matter.
You'll partner with a local organization in either the education, environmental conservation, agriculture, social enterprise or public health sectors and will take part in a project working alongside the locals. You'll learn about the industry and acquire real life skills and experience that can later help you take on a career. You'll work alongside the community members, and you'll be able to take pride in knowing you were part of something bigger.
You'll grow more in eight months than you did in 18 years.
You'll learn more about the real world — and about yourself — than you ever could in a classroom. Acquire leadership skills. Develop your global citizenship. Explore your entrepreneurial side. Sharpen your social skills. Improve your self-awareness. Dust off the grit, curiosity and sense of adventure that's lying underneath. The benefits of engaging in a bridge year program are no secret.
You'll make friends that last a lifetime.
By joining Global Citizen year, you're joining a group of likeminded people your own age, and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. These are people who share similar interests and values, including a curious nature about the world. What could be better than spending this important time with people you'll value forever?