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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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Biscuits and chai

Mame Sarr

2020-04-25

L’odeur du thé me réveillait de ma sieste. Je sors de ma chambre et me rince le visage. Quelques minutes plus tard, je me retrouvais dans l’espace familial entouree de Didi et  Maushi. Accompagné d’un petit nombre de biscuits, on sirotait toute notre chai. Elles échangeaient régulièrement des propos en Marathi dont le sens m'échappe...

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How to create a "Final community project"

Sofia Dragoti

2020-04-23

I think that all of us can take action towards problems around us. I don’t believe that a final community project is just a requirement for GCY fellows, but an important skill for the leaders of tomorrow. Whenever you are ( even in quarantine) if something annoys you, then take action for it! But what...

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Six Months India – Workaholics and Arranged Marriages

Levin Stamm

2020-04-22

This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. The dim light of the light bulb may not yet drive the darkness of the night out of the kitchen. Mother stands at the stove – her eyes tired, the long hair still a...

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The Paro Buzz

Elaine Liang

2020-04-20

Cars and trucks honked endlessly to celebrate the end of the paro, with the government withdrawing its Decree to stop gas subsidies. It was October 13, 2019, 11 days since everyone had been confined within their communities. While life appeared to return to normal, throughout the rest of the year, there had always been tense...

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Dancing on Lakshmi Road: Moving Forward

Danielle Campbell

2020-04-16

Disclaimer: If you would rather listen to me read, here is my YouTube link to my edited audio:  https://youtu.be/7z9CgeZ0HO4 “I saw you guys.” The second she said those words I could feel the rocks hit the belly of my stomach.    Oh boy.   My agi Vijaya loved to playfully taunt me. Her jokes bared...

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March 18, 2020. Damay nebe – I’m leaving.

Abdallah Salha

2020-04-15

March 18, 2020. Damay nebe – I’m leaving. Written on my flight from Senegal to Tunisia stopping in Mali to pick up and drop off passengers.   Yesterday was such a rushed and a dramatic day and I came to leave the country that I am really being welcomed in. (Other than the Arab identity...

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Six Months India – Blank Faces and Crowded Classrooms

Levin Stamm

2020-04-15

This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. Hundreds of children in uniform stand on a gravel field in front of a dreary concrete block and sing the Indian national anthem. They are pupils of a public school in the midst of...

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I am struggling with the fact that am not, anymore…

Deepa Gayadin

2020-04-14

You learn from the past, how your present was shaped to decide your future. If this is true then, I am and have to, compare my life now and then. People come and go, memories are made and fade, rain followed by rainbows, clouds to storm… but one thing does not change- my relationship with...

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Be aware of your priviledge and see what you can do with it? sure….

Deepa Gayadin

2020-04-14

We talked so much about it but we never really, we talked to the point of judging rather than understanding.  Being privileged became you worked less hard than me  Being less privileged meant its not your fault  Being privileged became you have to fix the world  Being less privileged meant I should show empathy  I...

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