Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Senegal

Video and Photos

Myself and the rest of the elementary school teachers
My little brother, Moussa, and my little sister, Mariama
My Senegal cohort, my Global Citizen Year family.
Hiking in Dindefelo, Senegal
My yaay, Astou, and I.


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!

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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...


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  • Fun 9.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

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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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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.