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!

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Anna Apilado

, 15 September, 2019

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Anna Apilado <apiladoanna@yahoo.com&gt; To: updates@globabalcitizenyear.org <updates@globabalcitizenyear.org&gt; Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 12:11:22 PM EDT Subject: Blog – Anna Apilado Small Talk It is my third day living with my host family.  Today, I woke up at 9am. I showered with…

First Week Joys and Challenges

Olivia Fiscal

, 15 September, 2019

Wow! Its been 3 weeks since I left the U.S., 2 weeks since I left California and 1 week of living with my host family. There is so much to talk about but I will give you an insight on what has been good for…

Stuck In A Doorway

Christina Chevie

, 15 September, 2019

I want more than anything right now to say that I am happy. I want to tell you how in love I am with the city and with life. In fact if you ask me, that is what I will tell you. But I  have…

An Email to my Parents, An Update

Lara Solis

, 15 September, 2019

Dear Family, Being a teenager is exhausting. God the texting is idiotic. And so the lack of social media is quite refreshing. It feels like I’ve transcended the things I thought were essential, not in a huge way. But in a, “instagram is useless” way….

Magni Fi!

Lola Ibanez

, 14 September, 2019

People have always been my motivation, my source of energy and accomplishments. That is why I love to travel, to fly from country to country, looking for people with the same language of perdition and adaptation. Cause more than to places, buildings or objects, we…

Ground Control to Major Tom

Raymund Lee

, 14 September, 2019

Today (9/14/2019) marks exactly one week with my host family, and it’s fair to say I feel like quite the space oddity in rural Ecuador.  What are some dead giveaways I’m a foreigner? For starters, I bump into almost any doorframe or object that’s around…

Ndomor, My New Home

Emma Peterson

, 13 September, 2019

                         -Me and a few of my family members- As the school year came to an end, I started thinking seriously about how to prepare for my year in Senegal. What do you bring to a place that you can hardly even imagine? So I…

Two Weeks In Transition

Sadie Price-Elliott

Ecuador, 13 September, 2019

  Three weeks ago today, I said goodbye to the home that raised me. Two weeks ago, I landed in Ecuador. Now, I am in my new home. Nestled in a vibrant, rural landscape about an hour away from Cuenca, surrounded by crawling clouds and…

My First Step of the Year

Ella Thomsen

Ecuador, 12 September, 2019

My first step of living in Ecuador is to list my goals for the year. This is scary for me because I don’t usually write my goals down, in addition once this is published I can be held accountable for them by you all. These…