Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Senegal
95% Rating
(17 Reviews)

Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Senegal

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.

In Senegal community is a way of life. Time is fluid. And terranga (Wolof for hospitality) undelies every interaction. Take a step back from the deadlines and individualism of the West and learn to see the world - and yourself - in a whole new way.

For more information on Senegal 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!

Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Hands-On Learning
Language Immersion
Study Abroad
Teach Abroad
Volunteer Abroad
6-12 Months
Host Family
Primary Language
Starting Price
Price Details
We offer generous scholarships and our committed to accessibility. To date 80% of our Fellows have received some level of financial aid, and 30% have received a full ride. Our tuition is set on a sliding scale from $500 to $32,500 and is entirely determined by financial need. We will work closely with you and your family to determine a financial aid package that works for you.

Questions & Answers

I had done a lot of interview after my graduation. The first was for a internship program aboard financed by European Social Fund and they try to see if my English was good and if I was motivated.
I applied in the first round (Priority Deadline), around September, and found out that I had been accepted by December, so around 2 months in total. However, the turnaround time is quicker for each successive application deadline (there are 3), and mine took the longest. As I applied early though, I found out that I was accepted before hearing back from any colleges that I applied to that year,...
Hello- Global Citizen Yeat had a pretty rigerous application process and a limited number of places each year. Also the program strives to places it's fellows in sites where they will be challenged to be in their "stretch zone". The concept of a stretch zone is to be in an environment that is unfamiliar and that challenges you. Though it isn't impossible for you both to be accepted and your...

Program Reviews

based on 17 reviews
  • Housing 9.7
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Because of my job as a teacher and tutor I realized that my interests really do lie in teaching. At the same time, I found out that I liked a lot of other things as well. It rekindled my love of learning for the sake of learning.

I loved where I got to live and the day-to-day life of living in that city. I'd wake up, drink some juice, walk 10 blocks to school, teach, have recess and chill with the other professors, teach again, and walk home for lunch. I got a hang of the public transportation, felt comfortable traveling between different cities on my own, and slowly learned how to communicate in the common tongue.

Teaching 25 little rambunctious kids is difficult and stressful, but also surprisingly rewarding. You've got to be on your toes the whole time. It's tiring. But seeing that little light bulb light up when they understand something, or when they're proud of their hard work. That's worth it.

How can this program be improved?

At first, it seemed like we focused a lot on the theoretical aspects of international aid. I wanted to get into the nitty-gritty of actually living in the country and I wanted to not feel so much like a tourist, with our fancy lunches and nice living arrangements. It took 8 weeks before we were in our job assignments, but I feel like those 8 weeks weren't used to their fullest.

Yes, I recommend
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Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

The title speaks for itself. Global Citizen Year really is an unique opportunity to experience a completely different way of life, a different culture, and learn how to speak a different language. It has impacted my college education in a way that no classroom ever could.

Yes, I recommend

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...