As the global bridge year movement gains traction in the U.S., we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in expanding access to bridge year opportunities for more – and more diverse – high school graduates each year.

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A New Perspective (Huffington Post Blog)
Published on 07/15/2014 in Huffington Post

A week after returning from my eight-month stay in Ecuador, I found myself on Stanford’s campus for the “Admitted Students Weekend.” There I was, wearing my alpaca sweater, my mismatched earrings, and what someone called “cultural necklace” amidst the crowd of over 1,000 newly admitted Stanford students.
We were all gathered to explore the campus and envision the next four years there. I was brimming with excitement: to talk to my future classmates, to map out my academic track as an Earth Systems major, to discuss poverty, foreign aid, environmentalism…I was so excited, until I found myself standing in the…

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Why Won’t Anyone Kiss Me? (Huffington Post Blog)
Published on 06/27/2014 in Huffington Post Blog

by Joan Hanawi
When I returned to the US from Ecuador, I didn’t understand why no one wanted to kiss me.
I was dumbfounded at the realization that my native United States felt like a foreign land upon return from spending time abroad. To me, the best part about traveling has always been experiencing a small slice of someone else’s life and sometimes, if you’re lucky, you even get to take a little bit of that lifestyle home with you. But I had taken a different lifestyle home with me and found that it didn’t fit into the home to…

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Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions (Huffington Post Blog)
Published on 05/30/2014 in Huffington post Blog

by Maddy Lisaius 
Re-entry into my own society. They said it was going to be a challenge, and I believed them. 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 abundant unilingual English speakers? The absurd prices? The oozing consumerism? These all posed formidable threats.
But the airport didn’t shock me. And part of it felt like coming home in a way. In seconds, I was as comfortable as I had pushed to become in my eight months in Ecuador — that was…

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The Things I Carry: A Bridge Year in Rural West Africa (Huffington Post Blog)
Published on 05/29/2014 in Huffington Post Blog

by Alex Ding
The announcement I carried a parasite was met with mild hysteria amongst the inhabitants of Grove Circle. My mother, frenetic as mothers are wont to be, was locked in vigorous debate with my father — and really, anyone who would listen — on the merits of hiring a hazmat team to cleanse my entire 400-person West African village. They were long overdue for a deep cleanse, as it was.
While my mother panicked over the live parasite I now carried in my digestive tracks, two continents and an ocean over, I was happily reminded of something Alice…

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Abby Falik Interviewed on BYU Radio
Published on 05/20/2014 in BYU Radio

BYU Radio Interviews Abby Falik. Click the link below to hear Abby talk about the inspiration behind Global Citizen Year, our impact, and our vision for the future.
BYU Interview with Abby Falik…

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Abby Falik selected as one of the 10 Young Women to Watch for in 2014 (The Story Exchange)
Published on 05/14/2014 in The Story Exchange

  By Victoria Wang and Colleen DeBaise at The Story Exchange…

When Abigail Falik graduated from high school, she dreamed of joining the Peace Corps but got the standard response: “Go to college first.”
Frustrated but determined, Falik cobbled together a trip to Nicaragua, where she lived with a family in a rural community and learned to make tortillas by hand. She worked in the fields, taught English at a local school and helped build a library. The experience, she says, was so profound that ever since she has been committed to answering the question: “How can we create opportunities for

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The Gap Year
Published on 04/01/2014 in Brain World Magazine


Grace Bachmann (Senegal, 2013) keeps her experience alive at Denison University
Published on 04/09/2014 in Denison University Press

Global Citizen Year Alum, Grace Bachmann (Senegal, 2013) presented a TEDx talk on “Braving Bridges”… at Denison University. She also received funding from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative to return to Senegal and work on a waste management system.

GRANVILLE, Ohio—This summer, Denison University student Grace Bachmann will travel to a village in Senegal to establish a solid-waste management system. Bachmann will be funded for her work through the Davis Projects for Peace initiative, which funds 100 college students each year to design and implement projects that will help build peace across the world.

A first-year student from Worthington,

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Time Out: The Value Of A Gap Year (Forbes)
Published on 04/09/2014 in Forbes

After 13 years, 117 months and approximately 2,350 days of continuous school, Lindsay felt she needed a break. Instead of heading directly for her freshman year at a prestigious upstate New York college, she decided to take a gap year and packed her bags for India. There, she learned Tamil while helping to bring solar power to impoverished communities in the Pondicherry District.
A gap year, which is that period of time between completing high school and beginning college or between college graduation and the start of a graduate school program, has long been common in Britain (even Prince William…

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‘Global Citizen’ Gap Year Program Leads To More Success In College (HuffPost Live)
Published on 03/31/2014 in Huffington Post

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

“My values have shifted,” she recalled to HuffPost Live’s Jordan Freeman… of her year living in a 2,000-person village in Senegal. “My interests have shifted, and during my experience through working through apprenticeships, I realized my passions, I found out what I was really interested in and what I really wanted to pursue.”
Shifting gears before making the transition into college gave Lee a better perspective on what she truly wanted out of life.
“It’s really

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Global Citizen Year in Town and Country

“Give and Go” in Town and Country
Published on 04/01/2014 in Town & Country

What Global Citizen Year offers requires more than travel.  Participants spend a year with a family in a rural area of Africa or Latin America. The program is designed for students as a bridge year between high school and college. Those who are accepted must raise $2,500 from commitments in their own community, and then after an eight-day boot camp at California’s Occidental College and Stanford University, live for nine months with a host family while working on local initiatives such as digital literacy, health clinics, and agricultural projects.
Global Citizen Year in Town and Country…

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