The New School
New York University
UNC, Chapel Hill
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin
As a former freshman dean, I can tell you that students who take a little time away doing something productive - where they have the chance to grow a sense of self, greater skills and capacities - those students come to campus better equipped to take greatest advantage of what college has to offer.”
Former Freshman Dean, Stanford University
& Bestselling Author of “How to Raise an Adult“
Through ongoing risk management training and mentorship, Global Citizen Year helps Fellows develop the skills and knowledge to assist in managing challenges. Risk management trainings are designed to raise Fellows’ awareness of their new environment, build their capacity to handle the challenges they will face, and provide the tools and skills necessary to adopt a healthy and appropriate lifestyle where they can thrive while living abroad.
All Global Citizen Year Field Staff are trained in Global Citizen Year’s Emergency Response Protocol and are certified in Wilderness First Aid from the National Outdoor Leadership School. They are also trained in coaching and facilitation techniques for cross-cultural immersion. In addition to the Global Citizen Year Field staff, a community-based support network comprised of the host family, the apprenticeship supervisor, and local advisor, serve as important contacts and resources for the Fellows as they integrate into their communities and maintain health and wellbeing.
Global Citizen Year Staff, Fellows, and partners are trained to carry out emergency response plans for addressing minor, moderate and major emergencies. These plans are developed to respond to injuries and illnesses, as well as crisis level events, such as natural disasters, epidemics, or civil unrest. Additionally, Global Citizen Year provides travel insurance and cell phones to each of the Fellows in order to maintain communication with the Fellow in case of an incident.
As a parent, I cannot say enough about the positive impact of Global Citizen Year. My son Jacob was taken outside his comfort zone and had the opportunity to get to know himself outside the walls of an academic institution. He learned the value of patience, empathy and good judgement; the year was such a gift, and the full impact will only become more apparent with time.``
- Leetha Filderman, mother of Jacob Filderman (Senegal '11, American University)