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!

A Cajas Misadventure

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

When kids are little everyone breaks something. You see Tommy come into first grade with an arm cast. Everyone thinks it’s so cool because now we all get to write our names on it like our little narcissistic selves would love to do. Now, Tommy is chillin not having to do all his homework because,…

The Power of a Cup of Coffee

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

Recently, I have really enjoyed sitting down and just enjoying a cup of coffee. Not in the morning because my mornings, like most, are hectic, but during some part of the day. That might be funny to hear from an eighteen-year-old and especially one who before now did not even really appreciate a good cup…

A Day in the Work Life

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

I had an unrealistic or maybe just purposely blindsided idea of what my year would be like in Ecuador. I thought I would finally be able to catch up on all my sleep because I thought having a 6:00AM wakeup time was no more. Turns out, I was very wrong. My day starts promptly at…

As Prepared As Possible

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

I like being prepared. I like knowing what is going to happen, what to bring, and what I need to know; just how to be as ready as possible. I want to know the game plan. Before I went on my gap year I talked to people to try and prepare myself. I knew that…

It’s All About the Cows

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

It is hard to pack everything that has happened in these last few weeks into one blog post. I mean it has been a pretty eventful time filled with walking my cows, making some incredible friends, and getting E. Coli. So where do I begin? I guess I can talk about the cows.  During the…

My Water

Taylor Molina

Ecuador, 09 June, 2020

As David Foster Wallace explained, a fish does not know it is in water. In fact, he might even ask what water is, if you told him he was in it. Yes, we have all these things around us, but we often do not recognize it or how impactful it is.  As I am nearing…

Food for thought

Srujana Dandem

Brazil, 31 May, 2020

14/05/20 I started doing meditation for half an hour every evening with Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji's live session on Facebook. He gave an interesting theory today. He says, "We all think that the mind is inside the body. But it is actually the other way around. The body is encompassed and but a part of…

A bit too off the path

Srujana Dandem

Brazil, 31 May, 2020

28/09/19 Fuck, fuck. I think that I may have done something really horrible. Here I was feeling all sad in the afternoon because my host brother wouldn't play with me. So I go for a walk to try to get a change of scenery. I buy some chocolate nuts and am on my happy uneventful…

Influxations

Srujana Dandem

Brazil, 31 May, 2020

17/09/19Today I realized how important it is to just ask sometimes. I have always felt irked about how one of my friends would keep changing her voice and influxing it with different frequencies. Usually, she takes on the form of a baby voice which seemed to me like she was trying to act cute and…