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!


Drew Erickson

, 30 March, 2020

Home.   Since August, home meant Senegal. It was not where my family or friends lived, it was not where I grew up, but I quickly had to learn to call it home. My room had to become my sanctuary, the office had to become…

24 hours to leave Ecuador

Annika Kapp

Ecuador, 30 March, 2020

I’m sitting at my gate at Guayaquil airport, trying to eat my breakfast. In a state of exhaustion and mindless hunger, I made the unfortunate choice to buy a cinnamon roll. It’s hot and delicious, but also completely drenched in a sticky chocolate sauce. I…

Singing To My Rickshaw Drivers

Lily Turner

India, 27 March, 2020

March 11th, 2020 “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” – Khalil Gibran In early December, I was very happy. My school routine fell into place and felt fulfilling, I had found some of my best friends, I loved…

What I Want To Remember

Sadie Price-Elliott

Ecuador, 21 March, 2020

How was your trip? Let me tell you. Let me tell you how the sun never failed to rise at 6 AM and descend behind the Andes mountains precisely twelve hours after. About the incredible view of the sunset from the small, wooden table outside…

The beach

Anupama Sanjith

Brazil, 17 March, 2020

I like the beach I like sandy beaches, stony ones….. I like the one in front of my house in Brazil…. I like beaches that don’t face the open sea but something called a “mar fechado” which means closed sea in Portuguese. I like how…

An Honest Epiphany

Mia Torres

India, 14 March, 2020

I have been thinking a lot about my time spent in India. Mostly about what I did and didn’t do, what I wanted and what I got, and what I’ll miss and what I’ll probably forget. Now that my days left in India are numbered,…

bissap 101

Angie Flores

Senegal, 11 March, 2020


Mame Sarr

India, 11 March, 2020

During our welcome week, we were sent down this road to do a scavenger hunt. We were not allowed to use google maps in order to find the places and we could barely introduce ourselves in Hindi. It was a very challenging adventure to live…

Blog 4: Salam Malekoum

Silvia Craig

Senegal, 11 March, 2020

Salam Malekoum Mangi tudd Salka Fall (sama torondo Mauritania la dekk). Am naa fuki at ak jorom n ̃ent. Tivaouane laa dekk. Dafa tang ge ̈r! Janti bi dafa forte. Mangi n ̃ew a Se ́ne ́gal Septembre. Se ́ne ́gal laa dekk pour jorom…