Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Ecuador

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Global Citizen Year puts you a world ahead, so you can move the world ahead. You’ll live with a host family and apprentice to local efforts advancing education, health, and sustainability. The Fellowship is designed to give you the independence to personalize your own experience, while supporting you every step of the way.

Ecuador is a small country overflowing with incredible biodiversity and cultural traditions. You'll find volcanic landscapes, Amazonian rainforests, and everything in between. Become part of a family and community and immerse yourself in the amazingness that is Ecuador.

For more information on Ecuador or to chat with a staff member click on "Visit Site" above. If you're ready to get going on your application, click on "Get Started". The Global Citizen Year team is excited to hear from you!

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I applied on May 10th, 2013. I was contacted for an interview on May 16, 2013. I was accepted into the program on June 5, 2013. Keep in mind that I did apply for the last deadline.

Reviews

9.81 Rating
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Abbie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Transformative Year

My year with Global Citizen Year changed me more than I ever have and probably ever will in that period of time. The staff are all great and incredibly supportive in ways that make you grow and learn; they don't just fix it for you. I got a real life experience living with strangers who became my family and working/volunteering in a meaningful way. They do a great job of helping you immerse yourself in your community where you build relationships.

What would you improve about this program?
If they had a program for the summer after you've returned home it would definitely help. Most of the fellows have some trouble readjusting and some guidance 2 weeks to a month after they have returned would have been helpful.
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Delia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

recommended

Incredible support from fellows, team leaders, and all in-country staff. They all contribute positively to the experience and are not over-bearing in the way that they take away anything. A high-immersion experience, and your year is what you put into it. Lots of opportunities and tools are available if you seek them out. It is a growing experience and there are lots of challenges that you will encounter but you are never alone and they make you stronger. You will meet people who will change your life and if you let yourself, you will really fall in love with your life there. It's a really incredible experience that I would do over and over again if I were given the chance.

What would you improve about this program?
A longer program duration and less time in trainings/orientations. We had a month long in-country orientation when I think that most of that time could have been used in community making stronger connections and learning Spanish at a faster and more effective pace. I also personally think that we should be in-country until at least May or June rather than getting home to the US in April. I think that the capstone should work differently so that we can get a full "year" of immersion and learning. I know that I felt really cut off leaving in April after only six months in community and arriving home when all my friends were still at college for six more weeks. It was a very lonely and confusing time.
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Lydia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Changed my world

I'd never traveled before, and Global Citizen year gave me the chance to leave the east coast for the first time. Even though there was a substantial language barrier at first, I learned so much about the people and about myself. I got to work with students and other professors, and it helped me realize that teaching is indeed my passion.

What would you improve about this program?
They're trying to make it fit requirements to count as an academic year, but the strength of the program is that it's a year away from academics. For cohort member to really be able to benefit from their year away from home, it's important to not let academic stresses creep back in. They've got all four (maybe five) years of college for that. For one year let them focus on living life for the sake of living, rather than for getting credit.
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Neil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly Rewarding

My experience with Global Citizen Year in the Sierra region of Ecuador has opened my eyes to things that would've been impossible to fully comprehend in a traditional academic setting. I had the opportunity to get work experience in a career field I was interested in and immerse myself in a culture and language that both fascinated and excited me. Beyond this many Fellows were able to hit their stride and use their skills in an unconventional but very effective way while living in their homestays. If you're looking for a practical experience that will challenge you and push you towards what you're really capable of, a bridge year is the only way to do it.

What would you improve about this program?
As participants in the program we all get to offer our input, even alumni get the chance to do so as well. Most of the things we've suggested have already changed. The program is unique in that your experience is your own, it is different from EVERYONE else's, so if something isn't working usually you can be the one to make that change.
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Maddy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most Formative Experience

I choose Global Citizen Year because it gave me great financial aid, the blogs were so inspiring (the fellows talked about "real-life experiences" that I hadn't had with AP or IB), and I wanted to travel. My expectations were high, but the year ended up to be a lot more than I had ever hoped. I am so revitalized, inspired, passionate and grounded now thanks to the incredible framework of Global Citizen Year. My year with Global Citizen Year has been the best decision of my life so far. I really recommend applying!

What would you improve about this program?
The little things that I would change ARE changing - because Global Citizen Year is young and flexible, it is able to bend and shift with ease to create better and more powerful programming. That's what I love - the program itself exemplifies the leadership that it encourages its' fellows to learn.
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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hardest, Most Rewarding Year of My Life

I chose Global Citizen Year because I knew that I wanted more than college, at least for a while. Although I was terrified of the idea of living so far for so long, I liked the structured curriculum of Global Citizen Year. I liked the idea of a balance between the support system of the cohort and team leader, as well as the independence of living with a host family. After having completed my year in Ecuador, I feel nothing short of honored to a part of such a special group of young people and such an incredible program. This year was perhaps the most challenging of my life and yet, by far the most rewarding and I challenge any interested student to go for it!

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Samuel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Transformative

This program is by far one of the best programmes for cultural immersion. They also offer apprenticeships for learning experiences as a young person. I became a part an puzzle of my community, and through that, I was able to learn my fourth language, Spanish.

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Joan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Bridge from HS to College

My bridge year with Global Citizen Year was an incredible experience, not only from what I learned during my year abroad, but also from the insight and perspective I gained upon my return. The work I was doing in Ecuador has provided a meaningful platform for my university coursework that has provided me with a deeper interest, understanding, and outlook on the material I'm learning. I highly recommend a bridge year with Global Citizen Year to any graduating high school senior because it's an investment that makes your college experience that much more valuable.