From the Field

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    Kaitlyn Johnke, Senegal

    “I wade across the Gambia River, not bothering to roll up my pants because I know the water will eventually…

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    Shawn Shieh, Parent, Brazil

    “This is what we should hope for from our children: that they leave the confines of home and mature into…

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    Aitran Doan, Ecuador

    “Only 1% of human beings are able to attend college—any college—even the worst one in the remotest area of the world”…

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    Cam Carrick, Senegal

    “Bicycling rode its way back into my life after a small hiatus and has offered itself to me as the…

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    Avery Ashwill, Brazil

    “Dear Portuguese – You haunt my dreams at night. I wake up in cold sweats wondering how I’ll begin to decode…

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    Max Siragusa, Senegal

    “In a seriously depressed economy, a little more can mean a lot. This rule applies to food, to money, to…

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    Richard Miller, Parent, Brazil

    “The ride back to Salvador was rapid and the return to the surroundings of our hotel was slightly unsettling. I…

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    Kirin Gupta, Ecuador

    “The patient nods, still strong faced, and I can feel the steady pulse in her wrist as we finish explaining,…

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    Alumni Post: Erin Lang, Senegal

    “I sat at the foot of my Senegalese mother’s bed surrounded by people I love so dearly.  The room was…

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    Winson Law, Brazil

    “As I reach town square, I can already hear deafening announcements coming from the gargantuan stereos strapped to the top…

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    Mitchell Mankin, Ecuador

    “Before I can try to change anything here, I need to understand how my community thinks. I’m one volunteer with…

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    Nancy Anderson, Parent

    “Picture the colorful array of produce and other items at the vendors’ stands along the sandy streets and alleys.  Feel…


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Why this is not a gap year.

Many people think a gap year is a privilege for wealthy kids. Others think a gap year program is a remedial option for kids who are "off-track". Our mission is to reframe the traditional gap year as a Bridge Year. With Global Citizen Year you aren't falling into a 'gap'; instead you are crossing the bridge that will launch you from one life stage to the next. Let's stop calling it a gap year; and start calling it a bridge year.

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