True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!
Check out the latest blogs from Global Citizen Year Fellows in Brazil, Ecuador, and India!
Food for thought
14/05/20 I started doing meditation for half an hour every evening with Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji's live session on Facebook. He gave an interesting theory today. He says, "We all think that the mind is inside the body. But it is actually the other way around. The body is encompassed and but a part of...Read More
A bit too off the path
28/09/19 Fuck, fuck. I think that I may have done something really horrible. Here I was feeling all sad in the afternoon because my host brother wouldn't play with me. So I go for a walk to try to get a change of scenery. I buy some chocolate nuts and am on my happy uneventful...Read More
17/09/19Today I realized how important it is to just ask sometimes. I have always felt irked about how one of my friends would keep changing her voice and influxing it with different frequencies. Usually, she takes on the form of a baby voice which seemed to me like she was trying to act cute and...Read More
Circle of Love
30/08/19Today, we played the circle of love. Or was it hope. Either way, it was absolutely amazing. Everyone in the inner circle stood with their eyes closed. While the outer circle went around tapping them on their shoulder when they agreed with the prompts. The prompts went as such:Tap the person who made you feel...Read More
29/08/19This isn't how I thought that I would be starting off with my first real blog. I thought that I would be writing about how I am super excited, and yet nervous, and have so many things I want to do, yet intimidated slightly, something along those lines. Instead, here I am about to tell you...Read More
28/08/19I am at Stanford now. Here's to new beginnings. I have changed my name. I go by Ruj now. I hope I can change too.Read More
15-08-19It's finally here. I'll be leaving soon. I've got quite a few goals that I wish to accomplish. Even though they tell us to come without any expectations…I can't. Because there are things that I wish to change in myself. And I hope I can achieve it through this year. I am finally leaving the...Read More
Soccer, my unseen refuge
I love soccer, and I played on my High School official team, so I brought with me my soccer shoes and ready to play, but what is actually needed it's me. Florianópolis has amazing beaches and I found myself wandering in nothing but Nature and seeing so much beauty, the smell of the green of...Read More
How to create a "Final community project"
I think that all of us can take action towards problems around us. I don’t believe that a final community project is just a requirement for GCY fellows, but an important skill for the leaders of tomorrow. Whenever you are ( even in quarantine) if something annoys you, then take action for it! But what...Read More
I like the beach I like sandy beaches, stony ones….. I like the one in front of my house in Brazil…. I like beaches that don’t face the open sea but something called a “mar fechado” which means closed sea in Portuguese. I like how cold the water is sometimes but also how pleasant that...Read More
Love As A State of Grace: Lessons from the Host Family Stay
Immersion is not a sacrifice of your authentic self. You do not have to feel pressured to change your own goals for your Global Citizen Year because of the opinions and or expectations of others. You may not be your host family’s long lost child that fits perfectly into the family, and that is more...Read More
March the 3rd, ‘Lightly’
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Light child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even when you are feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days… Lightly, lightly- it is the best advice ever given to me… to...Read More