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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Leftover chapati recipe

Keylee Campos


My host mom prepared a tiffin for me and her two daughters every morning. When she was in a rush it would consist of a small side, typically curried vegetables or legumes from the night before, and two rolled chapatis. The rolls were sweet, crunchy, and satisfying (especially paired with a glass of milk). I...

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I want to remember

Keylee Campos


how the air stuck to my skin in Mumbai   a bright yellow and orange marigold garland gently placed on my neck the strange tonic of boiled water, ground turmeric and ginger, black salt, lemon juice, and honey the sound of monkeys running and jumping on the roof at night the first blessed taste of...

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Soccer, my unseen refuge

Geraldo Sibinde


I love soccer, and I played on my High School official team, so I brought with me my soccer shoes and ready to play, but what is actually needed it's me. Florianópolis has amazing beaches and I found myself wandering in nothing but Nature and seeing so much beauty, the smell of the green of...

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The Butterfly In My Room

Lily Turner


This was what I wrote and presented as a Speak Up to the cohort at Learning Seminar 1 on November 21st, 2019.  I am going to tell you about the butterfly in my room. Some of you already know a little bit about this.  Last Tuesday, the one we all had a day off from...

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In Conclusion: A Stool

Sinead Nardi-White


I’ve been back home in Virginia for about 2 months, and due to quarantine, I’ve had more time to myself than I expected to reflect on my experience as a Global Citizen Year fellow. I’ve looked through all my pictures on my phone repeatedly, chatted with fellow fellows about how re-entry is going, accidentally almost...

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Virtual Exhibition

Celia Morton


For my Capstone Project, I have arranged a small virtual exhibition of my drawings that I did while I was in Pune! You can either click on the link or scroll down to look at the images! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HgxIwQX_RiTjJzTcYcM4R9SDuWsSkHgw9e-gHMr2bPc/edit?usp=sharing

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7 months in a 10-minute video!

Abdallah Salha


Dear all, Thank you for subscribing to my Senegal experience closely and that were supportive all throughout this amazing experience. I’m more than glad to tell you that I finally made it to Gaza, Palestine on May 5, 2020, after 2 months of tough travels and quarantines. I am again put in a quarantine facility...

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Los que nos cuidan

Sofia Santos


The De la Torres are an endlessly loving, patient, and thoughtful family whose priority is always their unit. For people that are so devoted to their bond, I realize how lucky I was to be embraced by them without question.   The first week with my host family I instinctively inherited the role of an...

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Six Months India – Pittances and IT Gurus

Levin Stamm


This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. In the past, the city used to be a cosy piece of agglomeration, the ideal weekend getaway for Mumbai’s upper class, says an old-established Puneri. He sits in a coffee shop in the villa...

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