Fellow Stories

True gap year stories from Fellows abroad right now.

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

Manifest about ants and heroes

Paula Medina

, 16 April, 2019

*February 17th 2019* “If any of you, students, are curious for a while, go and observe the ants in their daily routine, you will see that they all follow a perfect line. Everyone marches following the one in front of them, without deviating from the…

A New Scale of Love

Jaime Givens

, 16 April, 2019

As my time in India comes to an end, I have realized the best way to measure how much my host family loves me is by how much food they try to (and most times, successfully) pile on my plate. Before we were placed with…

To whom much is given, much is expected

Maria Bossert

, 15 April, 2019

One of the most difficult things I have been forced to confront over my gap year is my privilege. I’m white. I’m American. I’m a native English speaker. I’m wealthy. Well, I have never considered myself wealthy until recently. I knew my family had money;…

Senegal #5 – Senegal

Nicholas Bassetti

, 15 April, 2019

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Falling In Love

Maddi McGirr

, 15 April, 2019

If you asked me where I’d thought I’d be in a year before Senegal you’d never have heard “in love” yet here I am. I fell in love with my mismatch family who’s relations I never fully figured out. I fell in love with my…

Senegal #4 – Initiative for Peace Senegal 2019

Nicholas Bassetti

, 15 April, 2019

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Senegal #3 – Gorée

Nicholas Bassetti

, 15 April, 2019

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Senegal #2 – Seokhaye

Nicholas Bassetti

, 15 April, 2019

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Chess: A Wolof Epic Tale

Alexander Taylor

Senegal, 11 April, 2019

When I was four years old, I remember watching my parents play chess in the evenings. They would prop me on a chair next to the table with some toys, but I would be watching them play. Watching them deliberately move their pieces, capture pieces,…