Sometimes, it can be hard to convince parents that taking off on a long trip instead of heading straight to college, or a job, is a good idea. Especially if they are not travelers themselves. It can be hard for them to understand why you would want to trade a “sure thing,” like continuing your[…]
Before arriving in Brazil, all participants of Global Citizen Year meet at Stanford University in sunny California, to connect, get inspired by exceptional leaders and to share their worries and excitement. Since I was a small kid, I greatly adored the US. I remember as I watched High School Musical at home, together with my[…]
Michelle Zhang is one of the Travel Access Project Grant recipients. She’s now living in Guatemala and learning Spanish there. Just before she left she shared with us some of what she was packing and thinking about before her big launch! Ever wondered what goes into a Gap Year student’s bag? Check out Michelle’s!
The Question… Why? One of the most important questions that one can ask themselves is “why?”. Unfortunately most of the current models for education do not teach us how to effectively do this, nor do they explain the importance. There’s a quote from a philosopher named Howard Thurman that I believe draws on this[…]
Hear from the experts! Do you know someone who could benefit from taking a couple of months up to a year of experiential learning? Malia Obama is taking a Gap Year before heading to college; but, what exactly is a Gap Year? Is it right for you or someone you know? To find out all[…]
I’m over the halfway point of my gap year and the idea of it almost being over is terrifying. This trip is an opportunity that I am beyond grateful for. Throughout this year I have changed in numerous different ways and have made friends in the most unexpected places. The thing I am most grateful[…]
This week I wanted to share with you a round of of some truly amazing stories of Gap Year students doing wonderful things. Let’s start with… Maggie Doyne Who Built a Family in Nepal Would you believe that a 19 year old with a backpack can change the world? Here’s an excerpt of her story,[…]
Perhaps, one of the reasons why I have had such difficulty adjusting to my community in the province of Cañar, southern Ecuador, is that I come from the privileged background of never having been negatively defined because of my appearance or nationality. And all the workshops and preparation in the world could not have prepared[…]