Global Citizen Year sees the world a bit differently.
Most people see high school graduation as a gateway to college. They see it as a gateway to the world.
Each year Global Citizen Year selects a group of highly talented and ambitious Fellows and sends them to Ecuador, India, Brazil and Senegal for a transformative bridge year.
Through a mixture of world-class training, deep immersion and a local apprenticeship in education, health and the environment, they support their Fellows as they embark on a life-changing experience that provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world—and themselves—through a truly global lens.
A Global Citizen Year is a bridge year (not a gap year) because this year is not a gap but, rather, a launching pad to the rest of your life.
Living in new places, speaking new languages, and meeting like-minded peers, Fellows break down the empathy gap between "developing" and "developed," between "us"and "them." Their experiences bridge the distance between standard highschool curriculums and the world, between standard grade level curriculums and things that could never be learned in a classroom. They learn what access to clean water and education can do for a real family, and why it's important to broaden the traditional notion of material "development" to include happiness and well-being.
The majority of Fellows defer their college acceptance and go straight to college after their Global Citizen Year. And, increasingly, leading colleges—from Princeton and Harvard to Tufts, Brown, Middlebury—encourage bridge years. In fact, they advocate taking a bridge year and in many cases offer financial aid to make it possible for their most promising students.
Global Citizen believes that a more sustainable and equitable world is possible. We've partnered with Global Citizen Year to build a whole new generation of leaders who have what it takes to make this vision a reality.
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