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Global Citizen Year

Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Kiss Me?

Joan Hanawi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Joan Hanawi

After spending a year living there, I found it second nature to lean in for a peck rather than extend a hand in greeting. Throughout my time in the country, this was just one of the many aspects of Ecuadorian culture that I not only cherished, but also quickly embraced as part of my daily routine.

Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions

Maddy Lisaius | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Maddy Lisaius

On the airplane from Quito to Houston, I wondered how challenging stepping into my United States world would be after my "gap" year spent in Ecuador.

The Things I Carry: A Bridge Year in Rural West Africa

Alex Y. Ding | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Alex Y. Ding

After three months in rural West Africa, my blood and bones surely carry a fair sum of parasites, bugs and amoebas -- but they also carry something infinitely more interesting.

She-lanthropy: Abby Falik's Unique, Life-Altering Way to Bridge School to Life and Back Again

Farah Mohamed | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Farah Mohamed

As founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, Falik is crystal clear that her organization is not a typical freshman year, not a traditional gap year and not a study abroad program.

Feeling Burned Out? Take A Gap Year

Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory. "My ...

Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

David Van Zandt | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
David Van Zandt

Parents and students expect real results from the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This is not unreasonable. Scholarly studies have shown that programs like Global Citizen Year do deliver real educational outcomes.

An Ecuadorian Election

Emily Soule | Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen
Emily Soule

What I have learned from living abroad is that the meaning of the word "election" is not universal.

A Perspective on President Obama From The Developing World

Sam Garcia | Posted 02.03.2013 | Teen
Sam Garcia

People everywhere live in very challenging situations, and President Obama is able to reach beyond international boarders and deliver optimism to those who seek it.

A Pot Luck Meal Of Ideas

John Merrow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Remember pot-luck suppers, when everyone brought a dish or two? What follows is the the equivalent -- although substituting ideas for food. Because t...

Stairs to Nowhere

Emily Hanna | Posted 06.02.2012 | Teen
Emily Hanna

Half-completion and premature abandonment are patterns I see repeated over and over in Senegal. The landscape supports partial walls that don't enclose a thing and cinderblock shells of imagined houses.


Alexis Adams | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Alexis Adams

I visited a slave castle on Senegal's Goree Island, which was one of the most powerful slave trade ports in the world from the 16th to the 19th century. It's a constant reminder of this country's tragic past.

My New Skills

Charlotte Benishek | Posted 02.06.2012 | Home
Charlotte Benishek

Before I left for Senegal, I expected to learn most through my apprenticeship. However, I have gained numerous skills and insights from participating in everyday life in a rural village in Senegal.

Why Getting Americans out of the Country Will Help Save the Earth

David Kroodsma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kroodsma

Traveling and living in abroad is the best way to understand another culture, learn a new language, and grapple with the consequences of global poverty.