Global Citizen Year Leverages Rosetta Stone to Drive Language Proficiency

Leadership Development Organization Provides ‘Fellows’ with Acclaimed Language-Learning Solutions


June 26, 2013 – Global Citizen Year announced today that its new class of fellows will receive access to award-winning Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions. Rosetta Stone is recognized worldwide as a leading provider of technology-based solutions for language acquisition. As Global Citizen Year Fellows across the U.S. prepare for their intensive year of leadership training and cross-cultural immersion in Ecuador, Brazil or Senegal, they now have the opportunity to benefit from online access to Rosetta Stone as an aid to help them learn or improve their Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

“Rosetta Stone will equip our Fellows with the essential language skills they need to hit the ground running,” said Abby Falik, founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year. “Language acquisition is a key success factor for our Fellows and we are delighted to partner with Rosetta Stone as we build the next generation of American leaders through an immersive ‘bridge year’ in the developing world.

Although proficiency in another language is not a requirement for selection as a Global Citizen Year Fellow, a firm commitment to language learning is. Global Citizen Year and Rosetta Stone agree that learning a language should be fun and effective. Adding Rosetta Stone to the Global Citizen Year training curriculum makes language learning even easier because Fellows can access a natural method of instruction—without translation—even before they set foot in their host country.

“It’s critically important that young people develop language proficiency to communicate effectively in our increasingly global world,” said Kapil Jain, Senior Director of Enterprise & Education for Rosetta Stone. “We’re delighted that Global Citizen Year has chosen our solutions to help its Fellows attain the linguistic and cultural fluencies they need to be good future leaders.”


About Global Citizen Year

Global Citizen Year is a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders. By immersing a diverse corps of fellows in developing countries during a “bridge year” after high school, Global Citizen Year prepares them for success in college, careers and our global economy. Global Citizen Year envisions a world in which this bridge year becomes a common expectation and opportunity—transforming education, and unleashing the potential of our next generation as social innovators and global citizens. For more information, visit

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices in Harrisonburg, VA, Boulder, CO, Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Dubai and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit


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