Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Ecuador

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Global Citizen Year is a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for emerging leaders. We offer an experience filled with discovery, perspective, adventure, and independence. In one year you join a family, work in your local community, learn a new language, receive training from thought leaders, form a lifelong network, and make an authentic impact on a community worlds away from your own.

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

98%
based on 22 reviews
  • Housing 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.5
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Samuel
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joan
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Abby
10/10

Off the charts!

Global Citizen Year is the only opportunity that combines world-class leadership training with total immersion in communities around the world. It's not for everyone, but if it's for you, it will change your life.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Abigail
10/10

A once-in-a-lifetime experience

This program was an absolutely amazing experience! I became friends with some of the most thoughtful and inspiring people I had ever encountered and now have a supportive network of friends from all over the United States. My year in Ecuador was the best experience I could have had after high school, but it was also hands down the most difficult--homesickness, experiencing a different culture and economic setting first-hand, and watching the struggles of my community all made it a difficult year. However, working as an English teacher at an elementary school and at a nature preserve increased my confidence, helped me to become independent and take initiative. I was able to completely immerse myself in Ecuadorian life, become fluent in Spanish (and learn a little Kichwa too). I think about the things I learned in my community, from my host family, and at my apprenticeship daily, and I feel that this experience not only prepared me for college but also taught me how to LIVE each day to its fullest, take chances, and have a positive attitude with regards to just about everything.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rural
10/10

UNIQUE, one-of-a-kind "Bridge" Year experience

I was able to integrate into the local community 100%. Global Citizen Year provided the guidance and support that allowed me to become proficient in two languages, gain cultural literacy and and work with village leaders and community members. The service-learning approach and long-term stay in one place are two of the most important assets of the program.

How can this program be improved?
I would make make the summer campaign/fundraising more standardized.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

best decision I ever made

Global Citizen Year made me fluent in two languages, helped me discover my passion and future career path, honed my interests in preparation for college, and lead to the formation of some of the most important relationships in my life. Everyone should take a bridge year - preferably with GCY!

Yes, I recommend this program
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LColl
10/10

Best Choice I Ever Made For Myself

I was immersed in an Ecuadorian community, yet still had fantastic support from the program. Strong college-prep focus, language emphasis, and personal growth. Global Citizen Year is the best way I could have spent my bridge year.

Yes, I recommend this program

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About Global Citizen Year

Global Citizen Year is a unique, international immersion experience that gives driven high school graduates a new perspective of the world and their role in it. Each year Global Citizen Year selects a talented and diverse corps of high school...