Fellow Stories

True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!

Check out the latest blogs from Global Citizen Year Fellows in Brazil, Ecuador, and India!

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“Entonces pienso en los míos… Por qué los habré dejado? Y, qué busco yo tan lejos de ellos?” “And so I think of my own… Why did I leave them? And, what am I looking for so far from them?” About two weeks after I returned to Costa Rica and to my family home, my...

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Becoming a Niece


This year I learned that language isn’t necessary for connection.     I ended up coming to a host family which spoke perfect English, but I couldn’t wrap my head around why we didn’t connect. It took me seven months to realize that I still don’t know. Eventually, I found a loop-hole in that I didn’t need...

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Singing To My Rickshaw Drivers


March 11th, 2020 “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” – Khalil Gibran In early December, I was very happy. My school routine fell into place and felt fulfilling, I had found some of my best friends, I loved my host family, and I felt like I was really...

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An Honest Epiphany


I have been thinking a lot about my time spent in India. Mostly about what I did and didn’t do, what I wanted and what I got, and what I’ll miss and what I’ll probably forget. Now that my days left in India are numbered, the question: Have I done what I came here to...

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During our welcome week, we were sent down this road to do a scavenger hunt. We were not allowed to use google maps in order to find the places and we could barely introduce ourselves in Hindi. It was a very challenging adventure to live in my very first week. I remember being so overwhelmed...

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14 days is not enough time to explore the gigantic and hyper-diverse cities, towns and landscapes that India has to offer. Nerveless, I enjoyed every second of my independent travel to the fullest and with none or very minor problems. From the British Colonial and historical architecture in Mumbai to the Persian, Mughal, and Ottoman...

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Me levante con ganas de estar en casa


Yesterday my community project finished (Or at least 90%), and the satisfaction of seeing the results of something that you have been working on for a couple of weeks, is more than enough to have that taste of fulfillment that many of us are looking for. I went to bed with a bunch of thoughts...

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To My Florist Down The Road


To My Florist Down the Road I met you a couple of weeks ago. I was heading home from wherever, maybe Aundh, maybe not. I remember seeing the shop open, handing my rickshaw driver a crumpled 100 rupees and with a “keep the change” I glided out of the rickshaw and winded my way through...

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Photo Journal of Indian Architecture


Humayun’s Tomb was built in the 15th century for Mughal emperor Humayun, son Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty, and father of Akbar, the greatest Mughal emperor of India. It is the first great example of Mughal architecture and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Lotus Temple is one of seven Bahá’í Houses of...

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The street Sweeper


Early morning, I wake up to this fog outside my window, steam in my shower, mist on my mirror and incense stick smoke.  My world masked in layers, I wonder where I'd stumble and fall, fall in despair, fall on my eternal cloud, a comfy pillow for an eternal rest.  On my way, the street...

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The Ends Justify The Means


For Learning Seminar 2 the India cohort had a debate between myself and another fellow. The debate topic was “The ends justify the means.” I ended up losing. My opponent is a wonderful debater and should go into politics. These are my opening and closing statements that were written before the debate.  Opening Statement       Fifty...

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What I have been doing in India?


What have I been doing in India? Knowing that I have less than 2 months left in country and every time I ask myself this question it truly freaks me out and even more when the question comes from my friends!  What have I been doing in India?  No words will be able to describe...

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