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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Virtual Exhibition


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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Los que nos cuidan


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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Dancing on Lakshmi Road: Moving Forward


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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Becoming a Niece


This year I learned that language isn’t necessary for connection.     I ended up coming to a host family which spoke perfect English, but I couldn’t wrap my head around why we didn’t connect. It took me seven months to realize that I still don’t know. Eventually, I found a loop-hole in that I didn’t need...

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Singing To My Rickshaw Drivers


March 11th, 2020 “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” – Khalil Gibran In early December, I was very happy. My school routine fell into place and felt fulfilling, I had found some of my best friends, I loved my host family, and I felt like I was really...

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What I Want To Remember


How was your trip? Let me tell you. Let me tell you how the sun never failed to rise at 6 AM and descend behind the Andes mountains precisely twelve hours after. About the incredible view of the sunset from the small, wooden table outside of the restaurant. How I watched it almost every day,...

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Places and Faces


Alright people, here it is… The long awaited photo album of my travels throughout December and January. ~ The first trip was to Manta, a city on the coast, with my friends Buddy, Luke, Amelia, Sadie, Abby, and Drew. I didn’t take that many photos because we pretty much just went to the beach, which...

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I have been away from home for three years now. I only visit during summer, I turned 17, 18, 19 away from home, 3 Christmas away from home. Sometimes I feel like hitting the road, but my heart races everytime I begin a journey. I don't drive and I can't fly a plane. Travelling is...

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Tomorrow’s Dust


HEY THERE! Coming at ya from Toubatoul Senegal! I'm currently sitting on my teal woven plastic mat on my bedroom floor, finishing a nice little late night snack of a red apple and some chunky peanut butter. Quirky snacks like this remind me of home. I occasionally get whiffs of certain perfumes of people passing...

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