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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Presenting the New Nikola Tesla

2020-02-05

I have grown beyond my limits this year. Living in Senegal has been both one of my biggest joys and my biggest hardships. When you are navigating a new space, culture and language, you must learn to adapt and change the way you function. In short, you learn to innovate. And I have to say…...

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A new way to communicate

2020-02-04

There are thousands of languages out there, some only a few hundred can people speak them, I used to wonder how people used to communicate when they did not have a common language, even sign language is not universal, it varies within countries, certainly you will  comprehend the basics, maybe easier to go around using...

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Introducing Assa

2020-02-04

Hi, my name is Assa Ndiaye. I am the namesake, or turëndo, of my host papa’s mother, who passed away 6 years ago. I also share this name with one of my older sisters, so as you can imagine this leads to much confusion at times. I was given this name when I met my...

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Family Meets Familia: An Ecua-Adventure

2020-02-03

This post is ridiculously overdue, but hey, better late than never, right? My two previously very separate worlds collided on December 24, 2019 when my fantastic mom, dad, and brothers all visited me here in Cuenca, Ecuador.  They landed in Guayaquil on the 23rd and took a somewhat long van ride all the way to...

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Family

2020-02-03

I’ve officially hit the five month mark. With two months left, I want to reflect upon the two things that I appreciate more than anything: my host family and my family back home. It was Christmas Eve. I was in the midst of scrambling to finish my nine college applications after I got rejected by...

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Hot Chocolate

2020-02-03

I realized I now call Pune home. When I first arrived here in September, I didn’t think that would ever happen. But now that it has, I feel an overwhelming amount of love for this city and the people who have become family in it.  Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 I decided to dedicate this day...

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Coming Home

2020-02-02

     Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of home. I keep having the moment of thinking, “I want to go home”, and not really knowing where that is. Is Sayausí home? Is Michigan? Is it both? Neither?      I don’t think home is a single defined place for me right now. All I know...

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Ode to Knäckebröd

2020-01-31

Before you read, here are a few words you might want to know… Bandar- Hindi for monkey Chapati- a flat, thin and round bread eaten at almost every Maharashtrian meal  Knäckebröd- a hard buiscuit-like bread, most often shaped as rectangles  Ode to Knäckebröd  A Long Distance Life Is one of knäckebröd knäckebröd is for Swedes,...

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What to pack for your gap year

2020-01-29

Via Usually when you think what to pack for 8 months, your minds gets a little bit chaotic (Chaos(χάος) is a Greek word 😉 ) Via But it is simplest than you think! Believe me! Via Lets start with the basics.  1.You will take clothes that are comfortable ,you use and you like! (keep those 3...

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