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India Fellows, 2017

What we do

Global Citizen Year is an immersive gap year abroad for bold high school grads who are hungry to experience the world and make an impact before college.

 Each year we select a diverse cohort of talented Fellows and provide them with opportunities to live and work in Brazil, Ecuador, India, or Senegal during a gap year before college.

Global Citizen Year Fellows rehabilitate turtles on gap year in Brazil
Kevin Doh, on his gap year, laughs with his Senegalese host family
Global Citizen Year Fellows enjoying their gap year in Brazil
Fellow Jaxom Moore on his gap year in Ecuador
Fellows present what they've learned during their gap year abroad


Gain real-world experience in fields like environmental conservation, public health, education, agriculture, or social enterprise (just to name a few).


Participate in the culture at an intimate level through daily life with your host family – cook with your host mom, play soccer with your brothers, attend a traditional wedding!


Connect with extraordinary young people like you from around the world. Forge lifelong friendships through trainings, team meet-ups, and shared adventures.


Build fluency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Wolof, or other local languages. Immersion learning is way more effective (and fun) than a textbook.


Arrive on campus refreshed, focused, and with the advantage of real-world experiences that give you clarity on where your passions meet the world’s greatest needs.

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If you’re curious about taking a bridge year, this is a great place to start. Tell us a little bit about yourself below and get exclusive info about our gap year program.

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Already started college? Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply. If you're a 2018 high school graduate, and want to apply for our 2018-19 class, please email admissions@globalcitizenyear.org IMMEDIATELY to be considered

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Where in the world should you take your Global Citizen Year? Take the country quiz to find out the perfect country for your bridge year adventure!

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