Fellow Stories

True gap year stories from Fellows abroad!

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

Class Year

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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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Walking to School


Walking to School The Sun! – Super bright always hot The “young” mosque  – Lots of men and boys gather here on Fridays  – Call to prayer The children – The “bonjours” and the “Toubabs”  My construction guy friend!          – Blind in one eye         – Calls me...

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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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Pune’s Motorbike Lovers


On dark street corners, abandoned by shops or pedestrians, they hide. The motorbike lovers. Not having the approval to socialize in private spaces they are drawn to locations that make the interaction seem momentary, temporary. Just someone speaking to another for a few minutes, when indeed it can be for hours and hours. Every day...

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María (Mi Mamá)


María has been my mamá since September 7, 2019, and she’s one of the toughest, most resilient, and most caring women I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.  My mamá has been through a lot. She grew up with a father who firmly believed that a woman’s place was in the kitchen, and her purpose...

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Why I Want to Stay


Even though I’ve been in Senegal for over five months, I don’t want to leave. Even though my mom regularly texts me with the exact number of days until I’m home, I still don’t want to leave. And even though my dad just started making me homemade sauerkraut (trust me, it’s something to write home...

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Some things I would like to remember


I had heard about this time from many people …… “Lupi, you will have a lot of free time during this gap year. You must put it to good use.”  But no one can really prepare you for what all these people meant.  After the initial excitement of being in this new environment, I experienced...

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"La Ciudad Blanca"


Misión Scalabriniana in a local parade holding up the sign “Humanidad”, or humanity.  The pristine streets of Ibarra, or La Ciudad Blanca, seem to support order and proud Latin American solidarity, with street names of its Incan history and one of the most diverse populations I have seen in Ecuador. Yet, if we only peel...

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